The GEN In Conversation Series is an ongoing online programme of talks and interactive workshops designed for the curious mind. Beginning in June 2020, we are bringing together activists, academics, community practitioners, artists, writers, dancers and researchers to share their insights and lived experiences on a range of topics, including regenerative justice, land rights and colonisation, food sovereignty and agroecology, alternative economics and the conservation revolution, and much more in between!
Throughout the series, we will be dissecting and exploring specific themes, with our programme evolving and adapting to our daily-changing current political and global situation. 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.
During the event on 3 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. Read more.
Following this, Irina led an interactive workshop on 17 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. Read more.
On 16 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. Read more.
Workshop #1 (24 June 2020): Dance as pleasure activism: Visioning environmental regeneration through the body, with Camille Barton.
Workshop #2 (2 July 2020): Is there justice in the world? An introduction to regenerative justice, with Wangui wa Kamonji
On 8 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. Read more.
The Food Journey (4/25/28 September 2020)
The Food Journey, a collaboration with the Community Centred Knowledge collective, 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. Read more.