CWG Rainbow Children for a Social(ist) change

In our Creative Working Group (CWG) we worked with Rainbow issues and how it’s created from a child’s point of view within Rainbow, the topics of sexuality, gender, identity and sex education are included.

We looked on society’s influence and power in this relation, discussed the aims and methods of Socialist Education, worked with Compasito1 and created our own LGBT-oriented exercises. In keeping with the aims of Socialist Education we wish to create educational methods that are critical towards society, heteronormativity and prejudices in order to present children with diversity and mutual respect.

Contact person: Carly Walker-Dawson , The Woodcraft Folk, UK

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CWG Identity Politics

Our Group – developing from a research to a non-research to a discussion group – read some texts on the history and possible usage of identity as a mean of politics. Do identity politics reinforce stereotypes and belongings we want to overcome as caused by oppression or are they the only way to get visible in claiming one’s needs? Discussing this, how and whether we want to discuss at all, we didn’t come to a final conclusion, but a lot of different perspectives on it instead.

CWG What’s Your Story?

cwg_whats_your_storyOver the course of 4 sessions, participants analysed their family, friendship, political and sexual narratives, to create a ‘river of life’. By using a wide range of team-building methods, an enormous degree of trust and respect developed between the participants.

CWG What’s Your Story?

Through reading poetry by Carol Ann Duffy, and autobiography by Edmund White, we investigated the different forms that can be used to communicate these narratives. Finally, participants applied these learnings to their creative writing, as well as writing their own personal narratives, and those of other members of the group.