The GEN In Conversation Series is an ongoing online programme of talks and interactive workshops designed for the curious mind. Since June 2020, we have brought together activists, academics, community practitioners, artists, writers, dancers and researchers for the Series, to share their insights and lived experiences on areas ranging from regenerative justice, land rights and colonisation, to food sovereignty and agroecology. Since its founding in 2011, via our in-person events, GEN has brought together hundreds of people dedicated to working for social and ecological justice and wellbeing: we thought it was time to spread our wings and take some of our events online.
Our team is currently in the exciting phase of researching and curating our 2021 In Conversation programme. Watch this space for more details!
On 3rd November 2020, Irina Feygina and Sandhya Dave explored the psychology behind polarisation and the deep identity processes that lead us to take strong positions and defend them vehemently at the event ‘Communicating in times of polarity’.
Following this, Irina and Sandhya led two interactive workshops:
17th November 2020: Can conflict and polarisation be a doorway into growth and connection? A hands-on training for transforming inner and outer challenges into empowerment and discovery, with Irina Feygina.
1st December 2020: Deeper Listening to Polarities Within the Body An interactive, deep-dive workshop to explore further the topic of polarities from a deeper body-heart-mind perspective, with Sandhya Dave.
On 16th June 2020, Octaviana Valenzuela Trujillo, Wangui wa Kamonji and Camille Barton shared their lived experiences of coloniality, whilst unpacking the current opportunity we are faced with: to re-consider the path we have been on as a global community and sow seeds to create the more beautiful world our hearts know is possible.
Following this, Wangui and Camille led two interactive workshops:
24th June 2020: Dance as pleasure activism: Visioning environmental regeneration through the body, with Camille Barton.
2nd July 2020: Is there justice in the world? An introduction to regenerative justice, with Wangui wa Kamonji.
On 8th July 2020, Constanza Monterrubio Solís, Mama D Ujuaje, Gary Martin and Merelyn Valdivia Díaz shared their journeys and the transformative experiences which sculpted and informed the approaches they now take with food issues they engage with. Through the lenses of biocultural heritage, critical food advocacy, Community Centred Knowledge, local product commercialisation and Farmer Field Schools, our speakers weaved stories and experiences which sit at the intersections of justice, power and resilience.
Following this, we collaborated with the Community Centred Knowledge collective to hold the first iteration of The Food Journey. Held over three sessions (4th, 25th and 28th September 2020), this fully immersive participatory workshop allowed participants to delve deep into the history and travels of food, plants, people and traditions, drawing on the knowledge and experience of all taking part.