Radical Mutual Aid 101 (Brighton Covidarity Festival)

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In this workshop we’ll explore the radical history of mutual aid: the simple strategy of bringing people together to help one another out.

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As coronavirus tightened its grip across the world we saw a rise in grassroots efforts of collective organising. Mutual aid groups sprung up across the UK to deal with the social and economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

In this workshop we’ll explore the radical history of the strategy of bringing people together to help one another out. We will look at the theories underpinning the term and international examples of mutual aid. We’ll also be discussing the effectiveness of mutual aid and whether it can be used to create radical change in our society.

We encourage those who are participating in their own mutual aid groups to use this workshop as a space where they can explore how their efforts encourage direct democracy, alternatives to capitalism and liberation for all.

We will be running the workshop on Zoom, we recommend you have access to a computer to take part & that you download Zoom (for free) before the workshop. Please note that due to enhance the security of this Zoom call, we will be using a waiting room. Admittance to the workshop will be done by matching your name on Zoom to the one you register with, so everyone needs to register for their own ticket.

This workshop is organised and run by Our Future Now: Global Justice Now's London youth network. Check us out on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OurFutureNow/


14.00 video

14.05 welcome and introductions

14.20 the theory of mutual aid

14.35 examples from history

14.45 discussion in break outs + feedback

15.00 more mutual aid theory

15.05 BREAK

15.10 activity

15.30 discussion in break outs + feedback

15.50 final thoughts & evaluation


This workshop is part of the Covidarity Festival, a Brighton and Hove-based Online festival with the aim to reflect upon solidarity and mutual aid processes during COVID-19 (Find more information on www.covidarityfestival.com).


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