THE SEED POD: FREE five day social action leadership programme

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THE SEED POD - an incubator for climate change, through the prism of global social leadership programme Active Citizens with British Council

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* You will need to complete a short Registration Survey when you purchase a ticket to determine your eligibility. See 'Who Are We Looking For - Open Call' below for full details and eligibility criteria.

* The course is fully funded and FREE to join but you pay a £25 deposit. You will be refunded this deposit if:

1. you complete the 5 day course

2. OR you are ineligible for the course

3. OR you cancel at least 20 days before the workshop begins

* We are committed to making Lyrix Organix projects accessible. Please email lyrixorganix@gmail.com and we will do our best to help you if:

- If you cannot afford the deposit, we can cover this for you

- If you have access requirements that make it difficult for you to complete registration.

- If you have access requirements to participate in the workshop.

* You must be available to attend and complete the whole 5 day course

- 5 x 5 hour online workshops throughout the month of March; Mon 1 + Tue 2, Tue 9, Tue 16, Tue 23

THE SEED POD: Lyrix Organix x Active Citizens 2021

THE SEED POD is a FREE five day social action learning programme taking place throughout March. Come and learn with a diverse group of people, curious about the relationship between climate activism, identity, and action.

In March 2021, Lyrix Organix opens the doors to THE SEED POD - an incubator for climate change, through the prism of global social leadership programme Active Citizens with British Council.

We invite tomorrow’s leaders - the voices who have been historically marginalised - to explore the most pressing global challenge of our time, climate change and environmental activism. Come on a journey with us and a diverse group of artists, activists and creative entrepreneurs to explore Environmental Activism and Identity for under-represented communities. Co-create social action projects to take forward in your local communities, with global network opportunities.

Why is environmental activism overwhelmingly homogenous?

What are the invisible barriers to inclusivity in this field?

What impact does this have on future generations and policy-making?

And how disproportionate is the impact of environmental issues such as pollution and climate change on marginalised communities (both in the UK and around the world)?

Most importantly, how can this programme contribute to big changes in small ways - especially in these challenging times of Coronavirus?

The Essentials

When: When: 5 x 5 hour workshops blending a mix of online and offline learning throughout the month of March; details below

Date & Time

Monday 1 March 10.00 - 12.30 14.00 - 16.00

Tuesday 2 March 10.00 - 12.30 14.00 - 16.00

Tuesday 9 March 10.00 - 12.30 14.00 - 16.00

Tuesday 16 March 10.00 - 12.30 14.00 - 16.00

Tuesday 23 March 10.00 - 12.30 14.00 - 16.00

Where: Online, we will collaborate virtually using Zoom primarily, and a range of digital tools

What: Five workshop sessions + four satellite events presented by School of Lockdown

Who: Up to 20 places for artists, creative entrepreneurs and activists, from under-represented communities in the field of environmental activism. Open to UK residents, 18+.

We encourage individuals, small groups, charities and organisations* with existing social action projects in early stages. However no experience or project is necessary.

The Seed Pod is open to all, prioritising people who identify as BAME/POC, D/deaf, disabled, neurodivergent, working class and LGBTQI+. If you don’t identify as any of these identities but feel you would meaningfully contribute to this lab we would encourage you to apply.

How Much: FREE (places fully funded, £25pp deposit required. Waived for low-income/unemployed)

How: Sign up here to register for a fully funded place

* Groups: We welcome group bookings (max 3ppl) and/or existing social action projects in early stage.

WHO ARE WE LOOKING FOR - OPEN CALL

Experience not essential - but passion, creativity and ideas are.

- Age 18+. Wide age range encouraged. No upper age limit.

- People keen to use arts & culture to create social change in the field of environmental activism and climate change

- Passionate about creating change in your community

- Keen to develop facilitation skills

- Strong sense of local culture and identity

- Keen for social justice

- Committed, and with time, to deliver Social Action Projects beyond the workshop (in small teams)

HOW IT WILL WORK

What is the programme Structure?

The 5 day programme will be delivered online, enabling resonance with the theme by minimising the carbon footprint of participation, and allowing us to invite participants from across the UK.. Participating from the comfort your own home, studio or office, you will be routed in your everyday environment whilst on the programme, allowing for new depths of learning and reflection to take place, through an innovative digital learning programme that places academic research, industry expertise and real time community mapping at the centre of this exciting journey.

Provocations

By securing a place on the programme you will gain a free season pass to a parallel offering of satellite online events, featuring inspiring provocations, as part of Lyrix Organix’s acclaimed digital masterclass series School of Lockdown. These events will be curated in partnership and will feature industry experts, artists and global change-makers in the field of environmental justice, activist creative practice and wellbeing.

Digital Grants and Access

In addition to 20 fully funded places, Lyrix will be offering three “break out packages”, to young people who need it. The digital learning package will include a laptop, webcam, lighting, and data allowance, all on long term loan of one year. In addition to this, we have a small pot of funds to support with data allowance, and tech accessories where needed. Assigned on a needs basis.

The Value

This programme is made possible by funding from British Council and Lyrix Organix. Free to our participants to access, we have up to 20 fully funded places, as well as 3 ‘Break Out Package’ tech bursaries. The value of each place is immense, details below:

Monetary: Each place is worth a total £300

Personal and professional development: Meet like minded collaborators, develop skills, and grow your network

Signposting and further opportunities: Access ongoing mentoring, signposting, and plugins to other opportunities in the field of environmental activism

Background information

What is Active Citizens

Active Citizens is a social leadership programme, catalyzed by the British Council, delivered in partnership in over 70 countries around the world. It is a flexible, adaptable learning journey, Active Citizens connects people, supporting them to develop their skills and knowledge to build fairer and more resilient societies. Learn more here - https://active-citizens.britishcouncil.org

Who are Lyrix Organix

Lyrix Organix is a pioneering live events and youth education company that celebrated 10 groundbreaking years in 2019. They explore the space between poetry and music, with stages that have witnessed legendary performances by Akala, Kae Tempest and Ed Sheeran. Hosts of a major late night stage at Glastonbury Festival - the infamous 'Rum Shack' - and co-producer of UK Beatbox Championships. Lyrix specialise in designing and delivering bespoke combined-arts programmes - for all ages, backgrounds and learning needs - with a team of world-renowned voices, writers, artists and exceptional tutors. Regular partners include Roundhouse, BIMM London, Cardboard Citizens and across the world with British Council.

* We are committed to making Lyrix Organix projects accessible. Please email lyrixorganix@gmail.com and we will do us best to help you if:

- If you cannot afford the deposit, we can cover this for you

- If you have access requirements that make it difficult for you to complete registration.

- If you have access requirements to participate in the workshop.

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