If there’s time for the loud, there’s also time for the quiet. If there’s time for the fast, there’s also a need for the slow.
In everyone’s heart is a desire to change things for the better – it is essential that there is an activists toolkit that is as diverse as humanity.
Craftivist Collective has helped change laws, policies, hearts and minds around the world through their slower, quieter and more intimate form of activism rooted in neuroscience and positive psychology.
Founder Sarah Corbett will talk us through the benefits of using the process of craft to help the maker engage deeply and thoughtfully in social change issues whilst crafting alone or with others. As well as how the final handmade product can be used in different ways, from offering bespoke gifts, to powerholders encouraging them to use their power carefully and as a catalyst for a critical friendship between craftivists and decision-makers, rather than aggressive enemies. And how you can make small provocative street art to create conversation online and offline where social change isn’t discussed, as well as how objects can be made for the craftivist to keep as a physical reminder of their part in change they wish to see in the world.
This event will explain the theory and practice of gentle craftivism, case studies, testimonies and time for questions.
Date: November 23rd
Capacity: 50 ….BOOK EARLY!
Photos you can download directly from flick to use and accredit:
- Image of me sarah https://www.flickr.com/photos/craftivist-collective/albums/72157696070236384
- Images of Craftivist Collective products, events and actions https://www.flickr.com/photos/craftivist-collective/albums/72157680437612602
Social Media accounts to tag/@
- Facebook page @CraftivistCollective
- Twitter @Craftivists
- Instagram @craftivists
Sarah Corbett is an award-winning activist, founder of the global Craftivist Collective and author of ‘A Little Book of Craftivism’ (2012) ‘How To Be A Craftivist: the art of gentle protest’ (2017) and is currently writing the third book in her trilogy ‘Craftivist Collective Handbook’ (2023). Corbett is also a consultant on her unique ‘gentle protest’ methodology beyond craft.
Sarah has helped change government laws, business policies as well as hearts and minds through her kind and creative form of campaigning. She grew up in a low-income area of Liverpool into an activist family squatting to save social houses at the age of 3 (they won), as well as campaigning on global issues, winning lockers for her school aged 17 when her Head Teacher said it would be impossible and has worked as a professional activism manager for over a decade for Oxfam GB, Christian Aid and the UK Department for International Development.
Creating DIY Craftivism kits, products and tools for individuals and groups around the world, she has also worked with charities such as Save the Children and Mind – the mental health organisation amongst others and arts institutions such as the Tate, V&A and British Museum (the list goes on!) and focuses on reaching new audiences with unusual allies such as Secret Cinema and cult jewellers Tatty Devine.
Sarah teaches ‘gentle protest’ and craftivism in universities around the world from Parsons New School NYC to Helsinki University and her talk ‘Activism Needs Introverts’ was chosen as a TED Talk Of The Day and has been viewed over a million times.