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Affiliations, activism and the power of your awesomeness

14 May 2015 - 2:00pm

If you went to Spring Awakening, you may have experienced some of the fabulous workshops offered by one of our affiliates. Positive Money, CAAT and GBC were all there. You can also have a read about it here.

However other exciting things have been happening recently. Back in March we signed our formal affiliations agreement with Friends of the Earth. This fits in super well with our campaign at the minute, particularly in terms of their specific campaigns at the minute including “Run On Sun” (get involved here).

Around the same time DFs had a presence at the Action AWE blockade of nuclear weapons factory just outside Reading, and had a revival of “Zombies for Nuclear Apocalypse” in the town centre.

This is all super exciting! We are politically engaged, committed and inspiring young people and this is a key time for activism around many issues. If there’s any organisations (not necessarily campaigning o you think DFs should work with, drop me an email at affiliations@spanthatworld.com or message me (Lily MacTaggart) on Facebook.

 

Meanwhile, why not plan some activism into YOUR summer? #getactivated

  • 29th May-2nd June is the Reclaim The Power No Dash For Gas mass action camp near Didcot. 4 days of environmental activism!
  • 12th-14th June is Friends of the Earth Basecamp in Castleton, Derbyshire. “an empowering weekend of activism in the rolling hills of the Peak District. And a host of social activities too!”
  • ALL OF JULY is Woodcraft go to Lammas month! You can go at any time during the month to stay at this beautiful eco-village in Wales.
  • 30 July–3 August 2015 is Peace News Summer Camp, loads of interesting workshops.
  • There will be a DF Wwoofing trip at some point over the summer. Find out more and get involved in picking the dates here.
  • And don’t forget this summer’s DF events! London Thing is 10th-12th July, DF Camp is the 5th-12th August in Bonnie Scotland, and Althing is the 4th-6th September, probably in Liverpool.

 

 

#getactivated

9 May 2015 - 4:01pm

#getactivated is a new hashtag created by DFs. Use it to tag your political, activisty stuff. Going on a protest? Written a blog post? Found a really cool political group? Share it across social media using the hashtag and we can inspire each other and share our enthusiasm and ideas.

Ways to #getactivated

Having a voice in democracy isn’t just voting; activism isn’t just going out on protests. Here are some ideas of ways you can make a political noise and help make a change.

Research: Read articles; watch videos; find comics. Get educated about the issues you care about, and share any useful resources you find. 

Write: Turn your anger into words. Write a poem or a song, or start a blog. Use the hashtag and we’ll try and use DF social media to get it out there.  

Protest: Taking part in a demonstration or occupation is a really potent way to get your voice heard. Make sure you know your rights and the risks involved before you do it though. There are plenty of ways to help on protests without being the one holding the placard, too- you need legal observers, for example, plus people in charge of welfare, someone to write a press release and do publicity… 

Lobby: Email or write to your local MP about issues you want them to act on/how you want them to vote in parliament. Seek out, sign or set up petitions about things you want changing. 

Reflective activism: If you’re looking for something a bit more chilled, try out some craftivism, which both gives you the opportunity to contemplate issues as well as raising awareness for important issues. Or do some guerrilla gardening to add colour and life to city spaces. 

In your community: Look at the DF Affiliations page for some ideas about organisations you could join. Lots of them have local groups. Alternatively, you could fundraise for a local charity, volunteer in a community garden or run workshops and events in your area. 

Campaign: Get involved with the DF campaign. At the moment, this is Sea Monsters For Climate Change. Keep an eye out for updates and ways to get involved. 

DF Camp 2015

15 April 2015 - 11:12pm
 The moment has finally come… DF Camp 2015 bookings are now open!!

 

Up in the far far north there lies a unknown land, home to myths and legends of loch ness monsters and wild wee wains runnin’ nout in kilts …. the land of bonnie Scotland. It is here where we welcome you all to a week of embracing the four elements of the earth.

Prepare yourself for a journey from the depths of the lochs, to the clouds in the sky. You will experience a variety workshops; ceilidhing till ya stumble tae yer tent;  weegie patter around blazing campfires; great music and bands to keep you dancing to your hearts content; and celebrate Woodcraft Folk’s 90th birthday wae us.

WHEN? 5th – 12th August

WHERE? Inverkip, Scotland.

WHAT? A week of workshops,discussions, music, friends, ceilidhing, dancing, laughing, walks, and many surprises.

THEME? Elements- fire, water, earth and wind.

HOW MUCH? £75 including fairer fare

TRAVEL? Book tickets to Glasgow by train or bus. Then get a train to Inverkip, then from the train station there is a walk through the village up to campsite.

A promo video, to get you more hyped up, will be shortly revealed!

Would like to organise a workshop or have any ideas for one? Know of any local bands/ djs? Have any other fabulous ideas? We would love to hear any of your contributions, so send an email to dfcamp@spanthatworld.com

TO BOOK FILL IN FORM BELOW

Blue skies and see you all in August!

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Check out the video and pictures from last year’s DF camp

How great was Spring Awakening?

13 April 2015 - 9:28pm

Thank you to everyone who came to Spring Awakening and helped make it such a wonderful event. Who could ask for anything better than five days in a field with that lovely weather and such fab people? Everyone enjoyed the chilled atmosphere, the singing, the cuddles and the fantastic workshops.

Speaking of which, we had loads of really interesting visitors come and perform/deliver workshops. So what better way to shake off those post-camp blues than to have another look at all the amazing work they do?

Anti-racism 1

On Thursday morning, Panos came to run a workshop on racism and how it is used by institutions against people.

Three Acres and a Cow

On Thursday, Robin Grey came and gave a song writing workshop, then delivered his show Three Acres and a Cow which uses storytelling and song to tell the history of land rights and protest in the UK. It was so interesting to hear about a bit of history that’s usually totally ignored- this is a show that’s constantly evolving, so even though I’d seen it at DF camp I still learned something new, and I think everyone really enjoyed singing along. One message really stuck in my head: that even if you don’t see the impact of your actions in your own lifetime, it doesn’t mean you haven’t changed things.

http://threeacresandacow.co.uk/

Positive Money

On Friday, Dora from Positive Money came and did a fascinating workshop on economics. Their organisation is all about making how money works accessible and understandable to people and pushing for change in our financial systems. I certainly learned a lot and it made me think carefully about money and how we use it.

http://www.positivemoney.org/

Campaign Against the Arms Trade

We also had a visit from CAAT, who delivered a workshop about the work they do and the arms trade as well as teaching us about activism and ways you can use creativity in direct action, including using dance and song. Hopefully these are skills and information DFs will be able to use in fighting for the causes they believe in.

https://www.caat.org.uk/

Darren Ellis

On Friday night, we welcomed Darren Ellis, an acoustic guitarist and singer who performed a set for us in front of the campfire.

Green and Black Cross

An intense day of workshops on Saturday began with a chat from the Green and Black Cross, teaching us about your rights on protests. It was really interesting and it is so valuable for people to know what they are entitled to in those situations. They gave us four key things to say/remember: 1- No comment 2- No personal details 3- Under what power? 4- No duty solicitor.

https://greenandblackcross.org/

Anti-racism 2

Afterwards, ex-DF Louise ran a workshop on racism and what white people can do to counter it. It felt really important that we had workshops on racism, because DFs and Woodcraft in general still have a hugely white majority despite expressing anti-racist sentiments. Louise has produced some great resources, which you can find here along with other things from the event.

Gwen Greenwood

Poet and autism advocate Gwen Greenwood ran a wonderful poetry workshop, focusing on the words we use around disability. Everyone wrote really great pieces in the short time we had, some of which we heard by the fire later on. Gwen also performed some of her fantastic poetry for us, contending with the wind, the noise of the fire and dim light. For anyone who wanted to buy a copy of Gwen’s book but didn’t get a chance, here’s the link to her store.

http://seeingdoubleautismawareness.wordpress.com

 

London Thing!

13 April 2015 - 8:58pm

 

London Thing 2015: 10th – 12th July

Things are the backbone of the DF Movement. They are weekend residential events where DFs come together with DF Committee to thrash out the bits and pieces that make up the running of the movement.

Want a chance to get your voice heard? Want to meet up with DFs in a chill, intimate setting before DF Camp? Want to be involved in important decisions as well as having great fun? Come to London Thing!

Things are heavily subsidised: it’s only £10 to come, and if it’s your first Thing it’s totally free!

Hopefully there’ll be some training just before, more information to follow soon.

Nearest train station is South Croydon.

Bookings are open here:
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DF Committee, there for you!

18 March 2015 - 8:33pm
DF Committee, made up of a group of elected DFs from all around the UK are there to help our movement keep doing what it does… But we want to hear from you, to know what you want us to do!

Ever thought DFs would be so much better if there were monthly video’s to find out what committee are up to? Or if at every event you could buy more DF merchandise? Well now’s your chance; let us know below!

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Gender Data 2014

3 March 2015 - 12:40am
So why do we ask about your gender when you book for DF events? Now you can find out.

It’s because we like graphs. We like using graphs to check out what genders of people we’re appealing to. Does this information have any practical purpose? Not really.

In an ideal world the gender mix at out events will be about the same as the gender mix in society as a whole. This would mean we’re fairly representative of society and appealing equally across different groups. But, sadly, this isn’t an ideal world.

Sadly, this world’s got a lot of hate for people because of their gender. People are restricted in what they can do, where they can go, in their access to justice and fair pay, and they have limited places where they can be safe.

DFs it seems, is one of those places.

 

 

UK Population from the Census 2011

 

 

Check out how this year differed with last year  in DFs here – CLICK ME

 

 

Spring Awakening 2014

 

DF Camp 2014

 

Winter Wonderland South 2014

 

Winter Wonderland North 2014

 

All social events 2014

 

Here are some of the things people answered the gender question with

Graphs by Lily, Text stolen from Louise from last year

Calling all DFs

1 February 2015 - 11:48am
Calling all District Fellows! It’s Autumn again, and the days are getting colder. Summer has come, summer has gone, camps have been camped and songs have been sung. It’s Autumn again, and we’re all a little older.

 

As you get on with the new school year, the new university, the new job or the new freedom of a year whiled away with few commitments, cast your mind back to some old memories. Old memories which have stayed with you, experiences which have changed the way you think about the world and the way you live your life. Maybe they happened at District Camp this summer, maybe at an Elfin group night in the far distant past. Whatever they are, wherever they are from, they’ve helped to shape you as you’ve grown older.

Now, throw your minds eye into the mists of the future, the great unknown just waiting to be discovered. New opportunities, new challenges, new friends and new places. Maybe you know exactly what you want to do this year, maybe you haven’t the foggiest idea. Either way, I’m sure you want Woodcraft Folk, and the District Fellows Movement to be a part of it!

 

In just a couple of weeks time, a group of DFs will congregate on a house in Bristol. Who are these people I hear you ask? What is this weekend? These DFs are the DF Committee and the other roles that are elected at Althing each year to facilitate the fabulous work of our Movement. This weekend – Old/New – is when the old guard and the new get together to hand over, discuss the the roles and the things they’d like to do over the next year.

One of our main jobs as your elected representatives is to help you achieve all the fabulous things you want to do. Maybe you have an idea for a great project, maybe you want to set up a new group in your District, or perhaps you think that what we really need is a network of carrier pigeons to keep us all in touch – but you’re not really sure how to make it all happen.

Well, if you get on down to www.spanthatworld.com you’ll be able to find out all about what DFs is getting up to or planning, and how you can get in touch with DF Committee.

 

So, what can you do now? Well, before Old/New, we’d really like to know what you think about DFs and where you’d like to see us go in the future.

What do you enjoy about being a District Fellow?

Group nights, national events, campaigns, helping with younger ages and making beautiful new resources, the list of things DFs get up to is long and varied; what have you enjoyed?

What do you think is important about District Fellows?

What makes being a DF different, what is it that means you just keep coming back?

What would you like to see in the next year of the District Fellows Movement’s journey?

Maybe it’s something we do already that you’d like to see more of, maybe it’s something new and exciting that we’ve not done before. Whatever it is, at whatever scale, it’s your ideas, your passion and your energy that makes it happen and keeps us going!

Feeling inspired yet? If you are, and you’d like to make your voice heard, email your thoughts to oddlaymember@spanthatworld.com

Hope to hear from you all soon!

Blue skies

DF Committee 2014-2015

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Charter for All study session in France!

27 January 2015 - 2:48pm

IFM are holding a week long study session themed on Human Rights, Democracy and how our organisations can effectively educate young people to build a better future.

Open to all DFs and Woodcraft members aged 18 – 30 (with exceptions, so if you’re an under 18 DF you’d still be able to attend), offering a chance to expand and share knowledge of Human Rights Education and Democratic Citizenship and develop skills to help implement better education around these themes in your organisation.

There is a 50 Euro participation fee (please contact me if this would be a barrier to you participating) but travel costs will be reimbursed.

Applications are open until 15th March 2015.

For more information don’t hesitate to contact me, your International Opportunities Rep, or look here and here.