13 May Join our Founder at Universettee – delivering a talk in someone’s living room!
The Universettee is a series of mobile lectures that happen in people’s homes with a variety of speakers from different walks of life. The emphasis is on learning about all sorts of issues in a non-threatening environment. The lectures are free but participants are asked to bring some food or drink to share. The syllabus is flexible and shaped by those who offer to lecture or host the Universettee. Lectures will be approximately 30-40 minutes followed by time for questions and discussion. The formal part of the evening will last no longer than 1 hour. People wanting to attend are required to book a place in advance as spaces are limited.
Our Founder Sarah Corbett is speaking about how “A spoonful of craft can help the activism go down.” on Monday 19th May 7:30pm. Join her for a talk, chat, food & drink and we will have some of our completed examples of craftivism and products there too you can buy.
Time: 7.30 food. 8pm lecture
Venue: Bow (address provided on booking)
Speaker: Sarah Corbett, Founder of Craftivist Collective
Cost: FREE! email firstname.lastname@example.org to book a space
Here is some blurb if you fancy coming:
We live in an ever-changing world where many forms of activism are not as effective as they once were. The terms ‘clicktivist’ and ‘slacktivist’ are used to describe minimal personal effort and engagement. Politicians have referred to such campaigners as ‘zombie campaigners’. Many people are becoming cynical and feeling like ‘robots’ just asked to do transactional activities rather than being helped in their own personal transformation to be the change they wish to see in the world
My view as a professional campaigner working in public engagement and now as a full-time craftivist is that we need to adopt some new activism tactics: craft such as hand embroidery can address some of the problems in traditional activism and should become a valued tool in the activism toolbox. Craft connects your heart, head and hands, and when you relate that to justice issues, it can be world-changing personally and politically. Such activism is also able to reach out to people otherwise untouched by more traditional forms of activism.
I would like to talk about 3 ways in which craft really can help the activism go down: through personal deep engagement in global issues, through building relationships and conversations with influential change-makers, and through increasing awareness of and engagement with global issues by the public.
I will use my experience both as a craftivist and campaigner to critique some of the current methods of activism and to provide evidence of effective craftivism by the Craftivist Collective. www.craftivist-collective.com