Its a Party

Published Date 3/29/11 5:26 PM

It’s a “happening” party so you gotta come prepared

Bottle, nibbles and dress for your happening.

As usual to get past the door, you need to bring a “happening” that is a short performance, could be a magic trick, a speech, a song or poem, a one act theatre piece, its up to you. Ever one arriving will be given a numbered ticket and these numbers will be pulled from a hat during the night to make things happen (:

To get the address message one of us with your happening!

This time it’s actually a celebration for Hoon and Richard’s birthday!

April  2nd, 2011 – 8:00 pm – London

How to get involved in citizen independent journalism on March 26

Published Date 3/15/11 3:16 PM

Some ideas from visionOntv

Get the best anti-cuts / direct action video flowing into your website or blog: http://visionon.tv/web/grassroots/embed

Come to a London VAN meeting:

Tuesday 15 March, 7pm, Pembury Tavern, Hackney 

Sunday 20 March, 7.30pm, ReallyFreeSchool, The Hand and Racquet, 48 Whitcomb Street, London, WC2H 7HA (tbc)

Also, stay tuned to these independent media projects, and get involved:

Remember that the nuclear industry have always lied Japan nuclear

Published Date 3/12/11 10:15 PM

Remember that the nuclear industry have always lied, with the explosion destroying all the cooling infrastructure its looking like a bad outcome. And them admitting they are pumping sea water to cool the core, the steam and super heated water has to go somewhere. All they are left with is a very hot steel container filled with corroding melting nuclear reaction spurting radioactive steam and water. Remember that the nuclear industry has always lied, if you live down wind or down current I would think about moving.

Just a though, as the are no clear views in these situations.

Alt Media Grass roots reporting for March 26th TUC Demo

Published Date 3/10/11 1:39 PM

Alt Media + Grass roots reporting for March 26th TUC Demo

Saturday 12th March, 3pm – 6pm @ ULU (as part of March26 AAC Prep Weekend)

Calling all film makers, video shooters, audio recorders and radio enthusiasts, photographers, twitter reporters, DIY media makers, bloggers and writers. Together we are stronger >> Come and prepare and co-ordinate together for covering the massive March 26th demonstrations and actions >> Join Indymedia London and other projects including radio stream coverage, visionOntv and Reel News in discussing and developing plans for collaboration and grass roots reporting of the demonstrations >> If you have a project already underway come and present it, if you want to get involved come along ready to participate.

University of London Union, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HY

Room numbers tbc

http://london.indymedia.org/events/7703
http://artsagainstcuts.wordpress.com/2011/03/08/march-weekend/

http://artsagainstcuts.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/march-weekend-schedule.jpg

Thoughts on alt organising from 2007

This isn’t a statement of truth more a way to help look at a recurring problem, and to help active participants to mediate the problem to a better outcome.

It is to do with the sort of people who get involved at each stage of an alt-project’s development. This is of course a generalization as people do fall into more than one grouping and shift between groupings during the project. Written from 10 years of direct practical experiences of the many different alt-groups that share the same dynamics.

First to look at the terms used:

Getting things done people

Are more interested in things happening than the process, though their process, as far as it goes, tends to be good otherwise they wouldn’t “get things done”.

Working people

Are the unsung heroes who do much of the work but receive little recognition. They are the “sustaining” core of any alt/project.

Bureaucrats

I am using the term in the positive sense to mean those who create and can work in structures. They solidify the project and thus sustain it, but when caught up with the “theorists” (who they are attracted to) and the “life stylist” groupings, they can institutionalize the dysfunctions as much as the original function.

Theorists

Are a troubled “category” in alt-projects. The “consensus decision making process” tends to marginalize them as nobody has a “larger say” than anybody else. So their input, whether good or bad, tends to be submerged into “lifestyles”. Theorists who have come through any of the first 3 categories should defiantly be listened to with positive (but critical) ear. However this rarely happens as, as with the sort of “critical input” you are reading now, they have a tendency to come across as unfriendly to the majority of the project at stage 7 (the gathering) when these voices are most needed.

Life stylists

Grow out of the “hangers on” and are drawn to any open successful alt-project. At their best they “metamorphose” into one of the other categories and sustain the project. A sustainable alt-project has a clear and open way of facilitating this transformation. (or on the other side/more regularly is a functional closed project which also helps to keep the lifestyle drain to a minimum)

Project time line

1) “Getting it done” sort of people with inner drive start a project.

2) Soon mixed with “working people” and the few “bureaucrats”.

3) “Getting it done” people start to specialize into parallel projects. The weight of the project starts to fall onto the “working people” and increasingly the “bureaucrats”. We start to see “theorists” coming out of the first 3 categories and coming in from outside. “Hangers on” start to gather and a pronounced “lifestyle” side to the project begins to emerge.

4) The “getting it done” people start to burn out or move completely onto other projects. The “bureaucrats” start to be central to sustaining the project supported by the “working people’. The “lifestylists” start to form into groups around the “theorists”, and the “working people” are drawn into these groups.

5) The project is at its height but also starting to decay. Hopefully it can stay at this plateau for a period. The core project is the bureaucrats supported by the “working people” who are not fully caught up in “lifestyle” groupings. The lifestyle groups hopefully give as much energy as they take, but they are starting to exclude new “working” and “getting it done” people until the project starts to become dysfunctional.

6) The few remaining “getting it done” people with the longstanding “bureaucrats” and “working people” start to react against the decay, which sparks a debate amongst the “theorists” and “lifestylists” which generally paralyses any affective action to rejuvenate the project. The “bureaucrats” and “getting it done” people, alongside the majority of groups, call for a gathering to attempt to rejuvenate the project.

7) The gathering suffers from “the tyranny of structurelessness”, leading to a renewal of good will, but the consensus of the gathering exclude the “getting it done” and long term “bureaucrats” as they feel they cannot impose their view on the group. The consensus is created by the “life stylists” and “theorists” who have no or little experience of “getting things done”. Thus generally achieves little and refuse to even see the root causes of the project decay.

This process repeats itself with more or less success for a time depending on the particular nature of the project. For only practical action will keep the “bureaucrats”, “working people” and the now distant “getting it done people” engaged.

One of the parallel projects started by the “getting it done” people then draws the “working people” and “bureaucrats” that haven’t burned out into a new cycle. The burn-outs return to mainstream organizing/life.

This has been an attempt to give people a glimpse into the churning activist world, and help them make informed decisions on how sustainable to get involved – I hope it helps in small ways.

Round up of intresting comments I have found on climatecamp winding dowen

Published Date 3/2/11 3:14 PM

02.03.2011 00:08

Climate camp had success with its first three camps, but then its logic became … the root cause of climate change is capitalism, so we take on capitalism. They completely ignored that many and vastly more powerful groupings have attempted to take on capitalism and failed. So with this hubris, they beat their heads against a wall they could not possibly effect and unlike the situations at Heathrow and Kingsnorth where they had positive engagement with local people, they did it on their own. Hence, they produced no real effect over the last couple of years. Neither are they good at being honest. Over and over again have they attempted to spin failures as successes. Deep down people knew that they were failing.

Old Socks 

 

02.03.2011 03:12

@ bullshit: More or less right, I think. 

@cynic: The Camp for Climate Action was started by people with a background in the road protest movement and others which followed it, such as RTS, but they were replaced by the people @bullshit calls “bourgeois little squirts”. I think we have now seen the limitations of the latter and their (middle) class-based politics and media obsessions. Yes, the objective political situation has changed but they have no new or re-invigorated perspective on the climate crisis. What this amounts to is the mainstream media is now looking elsewhere, so we’re off to where the lenses are pointing and / or where we can build careers.

Stroppyoldgit