What is it about November? It is the busiest month of the year, all events seem to coincide like a calendar pile-up. Last weekend I was at the wonderful DIY Skillshare Event in Wesley House near Lesson Street, Dublin. It was organised by Samuel Bishop, Cat Friedrich and friends
and funded by Gluaiseacht. There was a fantastic and diverse array of workshops from talks on Resilience to fix your own bike skills.
I was there on Friday evening to graphically record the Community World Café. This Café, facilitated by Chris Chapman, brought together local residents and social/ environmental activists. Its a powerful combination and possibly a model of what we could start to do with Occupy, moving the movement into local communities. Better photos than mine, taken by Clare Mulvany, can be seen here.
The next morning, I was in Cork City in the beautiful School of Music building where Wave Change were having a weekend with about 20 young people. The purpose of the weekend was to introduce the Wave Change programme, a Youth Civic Action Initiative. I was there on Saturday morning to draw up a wall for use over the weekend. I recorded the outcomes of the morning session, exploring what is great about Ireland, what needs to change and what inspires the group. It left me feeling very optimistic! I also facilitated some ice-breakers and warm-up activities with the group. The young people took up the pens for the rest of the weekend and completed the graphic harvesting themselves. You can see photos on Wave Change's Flicker
Meanwhile we ran 3 World Cafés this week at Occupy Dame Street. You can see photos on the website of the wonderful Clare Mulvany (who was part of the Hosting team).