#TTM10 :: HUMAN RIGHTS & WRONGS: Challenges & Opportunities in a Networked World - DEC 7th
The next Big Picture Day is on HUMAN RIGHTS & WRONGS on Saturday December 7th at Lime Wharf Annex.
:: DETAILS FOR HUMAN RIGHTS & WRONGS: Challenges & Opportunities in a Networked World 7th :: (check back for updates!)
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What do human rights mean to you? Is social justice achievable? What is the interplay between social justice and advances in technology and global connectivity? This big picture day will focus on the topics of social justice and human rights, with a view to examining their role in an increasingly interconnected and on-line world. We will welcome speakers and workshops that seek to re-articulate and challenge notions of what human rights and social justice mean. We also want to hear from people who can speak about practical projects that confront these issues in a real way.
1. What are human rights anyway? Are they still fit for purpose?
2. Both human rights and many social justice movements are misinterpreted and misrepresented in the popular press. How do we translate and communicate human rights and social justice for the new century?
3. Does Web 2.0 expand the opportunities for true, meritocratic participation. Are we seeing new groups rise to prominence in new ways, or are the same people being heard? And what implications does this have for the most vulnerable and disenfranchised groups?
4. Is ‘clicktivism’ – on-line activism and its associated petitions - a way of bringing activism to the more silent majorities? Or does it break down the culture of solidarity and horizontal cooperation in traditional social movements, reinforcing the vertical relationship between citizen and state?
5. Is respecting and protecting the rights of others a peer-to-peer responsibility? If so, how and by whom should the rights, responsibilities and opportunities of citizenship be communicated and defined?
6. Has the nature and role of the individual been coopted and distorted through new trends, particularly in institution led campaigns?
:: WHAT WILL THE DAY LOOK LIKE? ::
11:00- 13:00 - THE THOUGHT MENU We will hear from a variety of speakers covering the topic over a series of 20 min sessions.
14:00-16:00 - WORKING SESSIONS We will re-group and practically build on what has emerged so far. This will include sessions that either workshop projects or problem-solve existing issues.
:: SPEAKERS ::
More speakers will be updated once they dot their ‘i’ and cross their ‘t’s!
Paul Dillane - Save Justice?
Paul is the lead on refugee litigation at Amnesty International UK and a former immigration and refugee law practitioner and advocate
Kim Evans- Bridging the justice gap
Kim Evans spent 30 years observing first hand how the criminal justice system treats the most disadvantaged and vulnerable members of society. She assisted Jon Robins in launching the award winning online access to justice magazine ‘The Justice Gap’ which attempts to explain the law and people’s rights in everyday language.
Etienne Abelin - El Sistema - Playing Music as a Human Right?
Etienne Abelin is a professional musician and is the founder of classYcal, a start-up dedicated to promoting innovations in classical music, for example by bringing classical music to clubs. A member of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra and a principal second violin of the Orchestra Mozart Bologna, he was the Artist-in-Residence and music curator at the Festspielhaus St.Pölten in Austria. Etienne initiated ((superar)) suisse, a start-up that brings music to socially disadvantaged children, has helped build the “Sistema Europe” network and is a founding member of the Hub Zurich.
Ruth Taylor - The Orchid Project
Following two History degrees at undergraduate and postgraduate level, Londoner Ruth Taylor began her working life in fundraising and direct marketing before moving into communications. In October 2010 she joined Orchid Project as a volunteer, becoming the first paid staff member at this start-up non-profit in January 2011. Now one of a team of 4.5 people, she is an expert on female genital cutting and the context surrounding it – human rights, social norms and change.
Gaia Marcus - P2P Rights and Justice?
Gaia Marcus is an Edgeryder and an UnMonk advisor, a Senior Researcher at the RSA, founded the Social Mirror project and is ¼ of the ThoughtMenu. As a relapsed yet trained human right-ist who works with communities across Europe, she will introduce the day, ensure everyone is speaking about the same things when the say ‘human rights’ and social justice, and outline her vision as human rights as a person-to-person responsibility.
:: THE WORKSHOPS ::
Normally, workshop themes emerge in the course of the day. Two potential workshops we would like to see happen are:
i. how do we tell a story of human rights that rescues it from the media?
ii. the brainstorming and organising of a seminar series that asks “what is the world we are currently creating through changes to the legal aid system”; that digs into philosophy of law and the values systems we create through our action and inaction.
:: Outputs ::
Along with participant shaped focus, one of the questions we hope to address through discussion and workshops is how to tell a story of human rights that rescues them from the media. This and other themes will be captured and collated through blogs, popplets and a mash up of activist and techie collaboration on project ideas.
:: Who would you like to attend? ::
You! Human rights activists, human rights sceptics, the apathetic, the busy, the technologists… everyone is welcome, and everyone will have a role to play.
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#BigPix & #TTM10 are the hashtags for the event.
#TTM9 :: META-NOMADISM AND THE LIFESTYLE HACKERS OCT 12-13th
The next Big Picture Day is on #NewNomadism and the Lifestyle Hackers on Saturday + Sunday October 12-13th at Lime Wharf Annex. The Schedule so far can be found below. The next event will be run as part of the Transeuropafestival organised by European Alternatives. European Alternatives is a transnational organisation promoting democracy, equality and culture beyond the nation state.
:: PROVISIONAL DETAILS FOR NEW-NOMADISM AND THE LIFESTYLE HACKERS OCT 12-13th :: (check back for updates!)
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The ground is shifting, the landscape is changing and new migratory patterns are on the rise. As the first effects of austerity are felt, the necessity to dramatically rethink the social and geo-spatial infrastructure that underpins our everyday existence has never been so vital.
Lifestyle hackers are facilitating the birth of the New-Nomad and the emergence of these new nomadic classes may propose more than a coping mechanism for economic reactionaries – the hacking and protocolization of ones lifestyle could in fact point to an entirely new way of existing in the world. As new services such as AirBnB, Bitcoin and Task Rabbit are introduced into the built environment of the mainstream , our options for how the game is played expand – right now they’re expanding exponentially.
This event’s primary focus will be on those who are choosing to live differently, examining the culture that is being built, the facilities created and how we might collectively advance its development.
This is our chance to reset the narrative about what is happening, and perhaps emerge with some new ideas about what to do next.
“…increase the chaos. In terms of probability enhancement, it’s now considerably less likely that you will achieve economic success via internal promotion and hard work than it is through serendipitous encounters with people who need your skills. If you do not live somewhere with sufficient economic dynamism to provide an appropriate level of chaos, then move. End of. Economic nomadism has been the story of mankind for all but a tiny fraction of the last million years. And lastly…
Obey the law, ignore the rules. “ - Gordon White :: There Is The Rescue Mission And The Salvage Mission
#BigPix & #TTM9 are the hashtags for the event.
#NEWNOMADISM Sat 12th
Vinay Gupta introduce’s Big Picture Days & Introduction to Limewarf for Thomas Ermacora in absentia.
11:00 - TALKS START. Speakers will each talk between 10-15 minutes, with 5 minutes for Q&A.
Living #Moneyless and #Stateless
#hacker / #elf - living strictly #moneyless and #stateless already for over 4 years! ☮ #WorldPeaceGame #proplayer ☮ @hackers4peace
Bad Nomadism: What I’ve learnt from my incompetencies.
Currently Curator of Digital at the Serpentine Gallery, co-runs LIMAZULU Project Space and facilitates the development of unMonastery, a new civically minded social space set to open in 2014.
Songlines and Sheeptracks: Nomadism as Navigation
Steve Wheeler is a writer, therapist and recovering academic currently living in the pathless atopias of nonlinear modernity.”
Alex is a scientist and artist, immersed in psychology and improvisation; most of my time is spent playing with, writing about, and teaching in these fields.
Open Source Finance Hacking
Brett Scott, financial campaigner and author of The Heretic’s Guide to Global Finance
Williow Brugh (Video + Skype QA)
willowbl00 battles the tyranny of structuralessness through intentional memetics and action.
12:00 - SESSION PITCHES We’ll take half an hour to figure out together what we want to do in the next two sessions, and what concrete deliverables we can make in the workshop period. Expect a grid with a number of work spaces & a lot of post-it notes as we try and schedule what’s going on.
12:30 - LUNCH Eat, drink, maybe take a walk in the park, flesh out some ideas, and get ready.
13:00 - WORKING SESSIONS
Topics may include:
These are just some seed ideas, the event will be structured around those who attend on the day!
Potential formats if we don’t want to improvise (will have prepared in advance of the day but our preference is always improvisation):
-Context Orientation / “What’s the situation of those in the room?”
On a slide scale, (physical line on the floor) - we will assess the mentality and socio-economic conditions of the group, Asking questions: “do you have a 9-5 day job?”, “How secure is your home, in terms of longevity of stay?”, “How many material possessions do you have; a backpacks worth or a warehouse full of books and furniture?”.
-Repurposing Existing Services and Place / “What are our existing resources?”
Taking specific services, locations or companies that already exist, map out how it might be re-orientated or repurposed to support new forms of nomadism or create a hack for ones existing lifestyle. e.g BigBox storage as shared library with multiple keyholders, Gym membership as surrogate bathroom/shower room, Using DropBox as the infrastructure for a distributed physical art collection, using Grindr to give away your washing machine to people in your area etc.
Methodologies we might use: SCIM, Methodkit,
-More sessions to be framed in advance of the event online
13:30 FIRST SESSION Four to six breakout groups, some led by the speakers from the morning, to deep dive on specific areas of interest. Last 15 minutes will be for session reporting to the whole group.
14:30 SECOND SESSION Another set of breakout groups, heading towards some conclusions we hope! Last 15 minutes will be for session reporting to the whole group.
3:30PM REFRESHMENTS Possibly coffee, probably beer (there’s a nice pub just outside!)
4:00PM MAKE SOMETHING A two hour block to sit down in teams or on your own to deliver something concrete from the workshop. Things you might consider: doing a deep dive on a particular question and writing a blog post on what you have learned together, editing your pictures and notes from the day then uploading them, documenting the sessions you were part of from your notes, writing a specification for some software that expresses an important idea, or writing to people on projects you are involved in with insights you had today. Do some of the things you’d like to do later now while everybody is still here! If you need a break to think about things, the park is just around the corner - take a stroll, walk with friends, but do please try and write up something before the end of the day.
6:00PM CONCLUSIONS Plenary session. A chance to discuss the day with the group as a whole, and talk about next steps, subsequent projects, and canvas for support for any projects that have come out of our day.
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#NEWNOMADISM Sun 13th
11:00am Meetup catch up with thoes you met the day before,
11:30am Session Pitches
12:00pm Unconfrence Begins