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How to Make (a) Movement Resilient?

debate
online
06—07.02.2021

There have been many citizens' movements emerging over the past twenty years. They have often been able quickly to gain public attention and support for structural changes in society. Think about issues like climate, social issues and racism... That in itself is a tour de force, in particular as these movements almost by definition are based on volunteers.

But the question arises: how can activists carry on and perhaps even increase their impact, without burning out? How can citizen movements organise themselves internally and externally better? This is exactly what Wouter Hillaert from Hart boven Hard wants to discuss during a conversation with fellow activists, as a shared reflection from within.

This kind of peer-to-peer exchange is rare, although activists often face similar problems and challenges. How can you stay safe, healthy and strong while pushing for change? What do (else) do you need to manage this? What learning points do you have for other civil society activists and future movements? 

• Wouter Hillaert is a cultural journalist and core editor of rekto:verso. He worked for fifteen years as a freelance theatre critic for De Morgen and De Standaard and is involved in the citizens' movement Hart boven Hard and State Of The Arts.

• Tractie is the trainer collective of Vredesactie. We support groups and organisations working on social and political change through tailor-made trainings, workshops and coaching.

This workshop is by invitation. 
A public session may follow based on the outcomes of this meeting.

deze workshop is tot stand gekomen als een samenwerking tussen Wouter Hillaert, Tractie & het Kaaitheater