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Shake! takes on #StatesOfViolence

Shake! takes on #StatesOfViolence

This is a guest post by poet  and Shake! facilitator Zena Edwards. You can find more information about the next Shake! intensive course (16-20 February 2015) and how to apply here, and find Zena on Twitter: @ZenaEdwards Shake Youth Arts and Activism project has a new intensive course brewing. From Monday 16th February, we shall be...
#Shake2015: #StatesOfViolence - Applications open

#Shake2015: #StatesOfViolence – Applications open

16-25? Angry about the injustice you see around you? Come shake tings up with performance poets, film-makers, musicians & activists on a free 5 day course to creatively express frustrations & concerns about the world you live in.
Where do we go from here? Climate change, arts & Culture Shift

Where do we go from here? Climate change, arts & Culture Shift

We’re very excited about Culture Shift – the new report by Emergence on how artists are responding to sustainability. (It’s also available in Welsh). Culture Shift includes a great idea for a “Gablik Test” for the arts, learning from the Bechdel Test. Here is an extract from the report.   “If the scientists are right,...
Norwegian research ethics committee slams university-oil industry links

Norwegian research ethics committee slams university-oil industry links

(Guest blog by Ragnhild Freng Dale. For more information on collusion between oil companies & universities in Britain, see Platform’s report Knowledge & Power) A damning statement from the Norwegian committee responsible for university research ethics challenges collaboration between universities and oil companies. After months of deliberation over the ethics of petroleum research, the Norwegian...
Self- Reparations: Art,  Activism & Well-being

Self- Reparations: Art, Activism & Well-being

via voices that shake! “Creativity is the immune system of the mind” Once again I was shaken by the Shakers! Feel very honoured to be one of the facilitators on this project as the generosity, trust, desire to learn, share, give and work together for change is genuine and inspiring from all. This is now...
Rich seams or dark pools? UCL and BHP Billiton

Rich seams or dark pools? UCL and BHP Billiton

Last week we took part in an interesting afternoon of discussion at UCL called Rich Seams or Dark Pools? Fossil Fuel Funding and Research. The event was following in the wake of an internal controversy within UCL over Anglo-Australian mining giant BHP Billiton giving US $10 million to fund two new research bodies: the Institute...
Applications open #Shake!2014 -Remembering, Re-imagining, Reparations @ Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust, 17th-21st Feb.

Applications open #Shake!2014 -Remembering, Re-imagining, Reparations @ Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust, 17th-21st Feb.

Applications now open for our FREE! 5 day course on Art/ Race/ Media/ Power for 16-25’s. See below for more info & how to apply ======================================= Art can be a powerful non-violent force for change. Each day Shake! creative workshops will provide space to imagine what justice looks like, experiment with new ideas, learn new...
The showcase that “Emboldens” and shakes the “Energetic Apathy”

The showcase that “Emboldens” and shakes the “Energetic Apathy”

Since I joined Platform in July, I have seen the high-spirited Farzana passionately preparing for the “Shake! – Young Voices in Arts, Media, Race & Power course”, organising its different activities and coordinating with other facilitators (Ed, Zena and Sai) in order to make it even better than the previous sessions. The third  course  was...

UK universities have £5.2bn invested in the fossil fuel industry, report says

Blue and Green Tomorrow,  by Ilaria Bertini
Showcase#3: Propaganda! Perception! & Power! Tuesday 29th October

Showcase#3: Propaganda! Perception! & Power! Tuesday 29th October

Shake! Showcase#3: Propaganda! Perception! & Power!  is the explosive showcase from the participants of the third Shake! course. Featuring freshly created poetic, filmic and musical responses to injustice, the showcase will present an original and inspiring mix of political creativity. So get on down to the Free Word Centre  in Farringdon on Tuesday 29th October,...
And …Where Do You and I Fit In?- Reflections on Coordinating Shake!

And …Where Do You and I Fit In?- Reflections on Coordinating Shake!

Some 9 months since joining Platform, I wanted to offer some reflections on working on Shake!, which is  the project I co-ordinate and what I largely work on. This piece is extracted from my concluding remarks at our last Shake! Showcase , slightly paraphrased for the blog reader. Shake! is a project that brings together...
Workshop on using Story-based Strategy, 30 July 2013

Workshop on using Story-based Strategy, 30 July 2013

Platform office, Tuesday 30 July 2013, 6.30 to 8.30pm Story-based strategy links movement building with an analysis of narrative power and places storytelling at the center of social change. The Centre for Story-based Strategy (formerly SmartMeme) have developed an approach that is grounded in a narrative analysis of power—a recognition that humans use stories to understand the world...