XR DNA: Our story, strategy, values & structure

This is a packed day to explore in detail what makes XR different, what makes it tick, to share the Self Organising System theory of XR, to explore ideas for mobilising local group members, and to share and practice tools for effective meetings and decision-making in your groups. You will learn loads, connect with some great people, and leave with renewed energy for XR and the part that you play. Not to be missed!

Liquid refreshments will be available throughout the day. Please bring a packed lunch or you can buy lunch locally. Fully supervised children are welcome.

Venue
See the booking page for venue details.

Venue accessibility information
The venue is accessible by wheelchair.

Power Dynamics Workshop

Power dynamics and different forms of privilege play out in our groups all the time, often linked to race, class, gender and other aspects of identity. The term ‘power dynamics’ refers to the ever-changing power relationship between people in a group. It explains how some people have a lot of influence over a group without realising it, and how some people feel they have to adapt their behaviour in order to be accepted by the group. It can show up in our groups as who feels most confident to speak, who feels like they belong in the group, whose ideas are listened to, what language is used and who that connects with.

Working on power dynamics in your group can help more people feel empowered and it can help the group grow stronger and be more effective. This workshop is for anyone who would like to gain a deeper understanding of how power and privilege play out within their XR group, how they can address it, create more equality within their group and make their group more welcoming to a greater diversity of people.

Please note it is essential to register for this workshop, as we have a maximum of 16 places.

Venue
East Oxford (see booking page for details)

Venue accessibility information
This venue is wheelchair accessible, with accessible toilet facilities.

Finding, Building, and Strengthening your Affinity Group

Would you like to join a close-knit group of rebels who go to actions together, socialise, and organise their own local events or outreach? Maybe you’re a drummer, a crafter, a teacher or grandparent, looking for others who share your passion or experience, and also want to put it into action against the climate crisis?

Or are you looking for tips to strengthen or build your own affinity group, maybe wondering: ‘Where to next?’

What is an affinity group?

An affinity group (otherwise known as an AG) is typically a small group formed by trust and commonality, that both takes action on the climate crisis together, and supports each other through the process. In the midst of the climate and ecological crisis, it is useful to be part of a team, almost a family, whom you trust and share something in common with.

In XR Oxford we currently have around 15 affinity groups – some are based around locality (in different neighbourhoods of Oxford), some are more based around passions or practices (the drummers, meditators, and Red Rebel Brigade), and some are workplace or lifestyle-based e.g. our Oxford University Staff affinity group, or our Families group. They all aim to sustain a sense of community and support.

Some are open, some are full, but we’re always looking to help start new ones!

About the session

This session will:

  • help people without affinity groups connect over shared passions, interests or other things in common, which could in turn lead to the start of new groups. If you have a passion, or idea for an affinity group, please email lucywalters185@gmail.com in advance and we can help publicise this for you in advance, so that others who share it might come along.
  • support those in emerging affinity groups to find new members, and find out tips and tricks for building your group and planning actions/events
  • find out how we can support longstanding AGs – what are their needs moving forwards?

See the booking page for current ideas for new groups that you might want to join!

Please note that you don’t have to have an idea (or even a current affinity group!) in order to come to the session and take part. It is open to everyone.

Please arrive from 7.15 for a 7.30 start. There will be a short break in the middle for teas and coffees.

The venue has accessible ground floor meeting rooms and disabled toilet facilities. It is easily accessible from the centre of Oxford on buses 1,5 or 12.

Venue
Blackbird Leys (see venue page for free tickets)

Venue accessibility information
The venue has accessible ground floor meeting rooms and disabled toilet facilities. It is easily accessible from the centre of Oxford on buses 1, 5, or 12.

Talking about the climate emergency (2nd Oct)

This workshop is for XR rebels who want to build their confidence having difficult conversations about climate change with friends and family, colleagues, or passers-by at XR rebellions or demonstrations. We will be working with some tools that derive from psychotherapy that will help you to have those tricky conversations about climate change by understanding more of what goes on beneath the surface.

The workshop isn’t about how to communicate the facts, how to give a talk or how to deal with a very aggressive member of the public – though you may find that it gives you the confidence to go into situations of that kind.

The workshop was created by Rosemary Randall, long-standing expert on climate psychology, and will be led by Rebecca Nestor, an experienced facilitator who has been trained by Rosemary.

Venue
See the booking page for venue details.

Venue accessibility information
Wheelchair access, disabled toilets

Updates
The end time for this event was incorrectly listed as 10.00pm. It is actually 8.30pm.

Consent Advocacy workshop with XR co-founder Stu Basden

Are you interested in how XR can build a healthy working culture at the October Rebellion? Come to this workshop to explore it together.

This workshop aims to introduce participants to conversations around consent in daily life (including physical, emotional and sexual), the consent advocacy circle and its role in XR. We hope to achieve this through creating a reflective learning environment and carrying out practical, experiential exercises to help participants consider consent in their own lives.

By the end of the session we hope participants will be open to having discussions around consent and have a greater understanding of how to practice consent properly in their daily lives.

We’ll be welcoming people who wish to join the Consent Awareness Teams (CATs) at XR sites during the October blockades – a non-arrestable, 1-2 hour/evening role, suitable for people with varying levels of confidence. There’s no expectation that people who come to the workshop will join a team, and you’re welcome to attend this workshop even if you know you don’t want to join/become a CAT!

Content warning: There may be sexual content discussed in the workshop and topics that may be difficult for some people to talk about. We completely understand if people need to take time out at any point during the workshop and participation in practical exercises will be optional.

This workshop will be facilitated by XR co-founder Stu Basden and Jess Thomas.

More info at www.rebellion.earth/consent

Venue
See the booking page for venue details.

Venue accessibility information
Wheelchair access to the building. Disabled WC nearby but not in the building

Talking about the climate emergency (26th Sept)

This workshop is for XR rebels who want to build their confidence having difficult conversations about climate change with friends and family, colleagues, or passers-by at XR rebellions or demonstrations. We will be working with some tools that derive from psychotherapy that will help you to have those tricky conversations about climate change by understanding more of what goes on beneath the surface.

The workshop isn’t about how to communicate the facts, how to give a talk or how to deal with a very aggressive member of the public – though you may find that it gives you the confidence to go into situations of that kind.

The workshop was created by Rosemary Randall, long-standing expert on climate psychology, and will be led by Rebecca Nestor, an experienced facilitator who has been trained by Rosemary.

Venue
See the booking page for venue details.

Venue accessibility information
Wheelchair access. Disabled toilets. Hearing loop on request

De-escalation & Non-violent Culture Training (15th Sept)

Nonviolence is vital for our movement: It’s an absolutely key element of our theory of social change and strategy. It models the world we want to live in and it’s a personal and collective practice which requires commitment.

Nonviolence works because it inspires, builds trust and opens doors for large numbers of people to get involved and express themselves. Beyond blame and judgement, nonviolence recognises that all of us are part of this system and that we live interdependently (what happens to you affects me and vice versa) and all of our futures are at stake.

In the workshop, we will… (depending on the length of the workshop and needs of the group):

  • Explore what nonviolence means to us and why it’s effective.

  • Share practical tools in:

    • Nonviolent atmosphere creation during actions and occupations,

    • 1-2-1 and large crowd deescalation (including during swarming),

    • Utilising song, music and body in deescalation and nonviolent atmosphere creation,

    • Meditation and breath for nonviolence,

    • Internal conflict transformation for your XR groups.

  • ‘Train the trainers’: Support for anyone who’d like to help spread Nonviolence and Deescalation training, or take on another role relating to supporting Nonviolence in XR

This is an indepth workshop, particularly suitable for rebels with pre-existing interest / skills in Nonviolent Atmosphere, NVC (nonviolent communication), de-escalation, conflict transformation, restorative processes, calming space holding (singers and drummers etc) and facilitation.

Musicians / poets / storytellers / meditators (etc. etc.) who may be able to help encourage non-violent atmospheres are especially welcome to come and deepen their skills!

Please bring snacks and food for yourself and / or to share.

There’s no charge for this event, but donations towards our room hire costs will be gratefully received.

Venue
See the booking page for venue details.

Venue accessibility information
The venue is wheelchair accessible. For any access needs, please contact us to ensure that we can do our best to meet them.

Supporting children in the face of climate change

A talk and discussion with child psychologist, Jo McAndrews.
Find more information about Jo and her work here: https://www.facebook.com/parentsaction/

More and more people are getting involved in conversation and activism about climate change. It is a huge and frightening issue which needs urgent attention.

As adults we want to know:

  • How to navigate this with our children
  • How to talk with them about it and when not to
  • How to best support them to grow their resilience and capacity to meet an uncertain future
  • How to support ourselves in our own strong feelings so that we don’t unwittingly pass them on

For details, see the booking page.