Conflict Club

Thursday 2nd of February, 6:30 – 8:30, BASE Events Room.

A peer organised meet-up to explore practical conflict navigation and support skills using discussion, role-play, theatre of the oppressed and other tools. βš™οΈπŸ€”πŸ‘Œ

Are you

  •  involved in supporting and navigating conflicts in your community? 
  • interested in transformative approaches to conflict?
  • curious about how we can use embodied learning to connect the theory to our everyday lived experience?
  • keen to develop your skills and awareness in this area?

Come along! This is an experimental space, and we will develop group agreements around confidentiality, care for each other, and care for our communities. This is not a formal training space which will ‘qualify’ you for mediation or other conflict support work. It is also not a space where you will be able to receive advice for specific conflict situations.  We hope it will be a regular reflective, supportive space where people with a range of backgrounds and approaches can learn from each other and develop ideas and skills in community.

We first met in October 2022, and here’s some notes from that session and resources that might help you figure out what we’re about…

Everyday anarchism – Scott Branson

Scott Branson, author of Practical Anarchism is going to be facilitating a conversation on anarchist alternatives to major structures in our lives like work, education, policing, health and laws and representative democracy.

Daily Anarchism, or Bringing the Revolution Off the Street

Many of us have experienced that in the intensity of facing off against the violent forces of the state during street protest, one may form bonds of solidarity and clear space for a vision of a new world. But what happens after? How can we perpetuate a social revolution into our daily lives? These are questions that abolitionists, anarchists, feminists, and queer radicals have been asking, speaking from a place of desire to live more fully in those moments. An everyday anarchism helps us rethink what revolution and transformation can be, starting with our relationships and activities. It doesn’t matter if we smash the state but still can’t take care of ourselves or one another. Looking at how the ingrained state logics silence or erase the ways of organizing our lives that are easier and make more sense, we can see how we can prepare ourselves for liberation.

Whatabout Wednesdays Is Back!

Into 2023 we go, and Base social centre’s mini-cafe – Whatabout Wednesdays – is back every week from 4th January, from 11am to 5pm.

Whatabout Wednesdays is an alternative welcoming space for everyone local – neighbours, community, strikers, doleys, students, rebels & friends.

We offer a very cheap basic cafe comprising: a soup & bread (Β£1); cakes (Β£1); and hot drinks (50p) – but nobody is turned away if they’re skint.

There’s also Base’s range of free facilities: wi-fi; radical reading library & workspace; campaigns info; toilets; or just hang out and have a chat.

Plus there’s Base’s Info Shop to purchase all your radical presents – books, pamphlets, stickers, postcards, t-shirts, diaries, music cd’s.

Got any ideas for other things that could be on in the building? Come and speak to us!

Note: Base’s ground floor cafe area and one toilet are wheelchair accessible, but the 1st floor is not.