Residency 2017

Eroles Project offers two 12-day residencies this August, aimed at preparing us towards a deeper understanding of our political agency. After the residencies participants of both programmes will be invited to put their learning into practice through the co-creation of an event(s) or project(s) in 2017/2018 that look to bring emerging politics into the wider world.

 

Residency 1: Deepening citizenship
August 5th – 16th

 

This 12 day residency is a chance for people working in politics, engaged arts, grassroots organisations, NGOs, activism and social start-ups, to unravel and practice in an immersive setting, what it means to ‘be’ in the political realm, in word and in action.

When do we engage, and when do we do nothing? What principles, mental models and patterns of behaviour influence how we relate to one another? What solutions can technology offer to increase our participation and engagement as citizens? These are some of the questions that we are interested in.

The residency is directed to those who feel curious and excited about exploring what the political realm is, and how to become more spontaneous and freer to step up in it. The aim is to resource our capacity to make change through speaking up, creating meaningful dialogue and honing the ability to be political.

 

In true Eroles manner, we will be co-creating the programme together, the beginning guided by the Eroles team. We are influenced by the work of Hannah Arendt, Systems Thinking, Complexity Theory, Theatre of the Oppressed, Storytelling, and more. Dr Patricia Shaw will be joining, and we’ll be engaging with people around the world working in this sphere via online calls.

 

Dates: August 5th – 16th
Place: Eroles, Spain.
Application deadline: May 12th
Applicants notified by May 17th
Cost for 12 days: €600. This covers accommodation, food, pick-up from Tremp and programme resources. Full and partial bursaries available, please contact us for further details. To secure your place a non-refundable deposit of €300 is required by May 26th.

APPLY HERE

 

Dr Patricia Shaw Fellow of Schumacher College and Visiting Professor at the Business School of the University of Hertfordshire. Her field of concern is everyday politics, particularly how people develop the capacity to participate thoughtfully and actively in complex and uncertain circumstances as these evolve.

Eroles Team: Ruth Cross, María Llanos del Corral, Dr Alexandra Lagaisse, Mona Rathsman

 

Residency 2: Emerging politics
August 23rd – September 3rd 2017

 

If we had departments that were purely dedicated to improving the quality of our democracies, what would they be doing? What is citizenship in the 21st century? Increasingly we are seeing inspiring activities that attempt to foster new ways of organising, questioning the status quo of how we do politics and tapping into an emergent culture that’s enabling new forms of political engagement.

 

This 12 day residency is for people shaping political landscapes, be that in local communities or trans/nationally and for those who feel the call to co-create new ways of organising. Our aim is to create a fertile space for sharing our experiences and making sense of what might work and what might not, when attempting to reconstitute politics.

   

We will be experimenting with different models, as well as looking at case studies of emerging forms of organising that are already happening around the world. We will have online calls with people working in emerging politics in Brazil, with Gross National Happiness in Bhutan and with members of Podemos in Spain, amongst others.

   

The residency will be semi-facilitated by the Eroles Team, some confirmed participants are Ruth Potts, Franco Llobera and Felipe Viveros, with open sessions for the group to programme collectively.

Dates: August 23rd – September 3rd
Place: Eroles, Spain.
Application deadline: May 12th
Applicants notified by May 17th
Cost for 12 days: €600. This covers accommodation, food, pick-up from Tremp and programme resources. Full and partial bursaries available, please contact us for further details. To secure your place a non-refundable deposit of €300 is required by May 26th.

APPLY HERE

 

Ruth Potts Ruth Potts is a co-founder of bread, print & roses, artistic adviser to Utopia 2016 and co-editor of Red Pepper. She teaches ecological design thinking at Schumacher College.

Felipe Viveros European representative of the Gross National Happiness Centre Bhutan. He is a Chilean born independent action researcher and consultant. Felipe holds a Masters in Science from Schumacher College, UK. Previously he served as project coordinator for the Tairona Heritage Trust, a UK charity that focuses on conservation and indigenous peoples rights. He has worked internationally creating co-learning events that combine deep ecology, permaculture & mindfulness with Wake Up International.

Franco Llobera Councilor in Torremocha City Hall from “Soñemos Torremocha” political Party. Social policy researcher and designer. Community facilitator and consultant on rural and bioregional development. Expert on agro ecology development, virtuous economic circles on agro food systems.

Eroles Team: Ruth Cross, María Llanos del Corral, Dr Alexandra Lagaisse, Mona Rathsman

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