Social Science Centre – Retreat 14th/15th July 2018.
YHA Thurlby, Bourne, Lincolnshire.
Planning/Topics to tackle
- Where and when (Space & Place).
- Themes (Purpose, Big Goals).
- Muscle pools (Skills and knowledge sensitivity).
- How we teach and learn (Links to practical achievements and other groups).
- Access and inclusion.
Themes and muscle pools were deemed the favourite topics to tackle.
- Monthly planning and reflection meetings. First Saturday of every month 10 – 12 Noon at the Mansions of the Future.
- Time and space to reflect on power relations. Conflict resolution, power & privilege, group dynamics, management within groups. (Seeds for change).
- SSC into the city, negotiating space e.g. Framework, Prisons.
- Common activity (Task). A task defines the group and determines the number of people, not explicitly co-operative.
- Reciprocal ways of learning and producing knowledge.
- The common group vision is a precarious thing.
- Why are there no minority groups within the SSC?
- Dealing with individual conduct procedure [Parked].
- Longer monthly sessions [Parked].
- Power & Privilege (Language alienating).
- Sustainable communities/Post-capitalism.
- Eco Anarchy (Bookchin, Kropotkin).
- Feminist post-capitalist living/FUCK TINA.
The idea of the SSC providing an educational service was viewed as too draining. The possibility of one-off service chunks (collaborative lectures?) was discussed e.g. Action Research.
Sunday morning musings
Reservoir of muscle pools. Multimodal – sight, sound, smell and taste.
Binding people in knowledge and experience.
Co-presentation of learning sessions.
Education despite topic. Pro-sociality, learning to co-operate.
How big are the cracks in capitalism (Holloway)?
Post-capitalist imagination – practical activism.
Course outline – Communities of the Future.
Thinking post-capitalism within the capitalist logic.
Six sessions. Sign up for the course by a certain date. Special requirements catered for.
Bradley – Ownership/Commons.
David – Co-operative Lincoln past, present and future.
Laura – Feminist approaches.
Sarah – Women and the commons/Ownership.
Lucy – Permaculture.
Phil – Eco-Anarchism.