Here are some of the Shake!r’s top tips for countering and surviving the system:
The importance of finding and defining community, and the coming together of like-minded people through ideas.
|co-operation = good!|
|oppressing your friends = not so good…|
We must maintain awareness that there is a dominant narrative, and question whose interest it serves to maintain the status quo and accept norms and existing power structures… And then, we must challenge these! For instance, through:
-> youth work
-> alternative education
-> group facilitation
-> the internet (non mainstream media)
-> independent film
-> things like SHAKE!
Check out Orla’s poem
|combating gender marketing from a young age:
‘just for humans’
Despite what the education system tells us, knowledge is not always gained through written word. Education is in the experience; you can’t just go somewhere to ‘get educated.’ Check out the trailer for the short film soon to be released, co-created by some of the Shake!rs and NuWave Pictures:
Finding ways to stay strong and remain positive. Annie Rockson shared with us a helpful tool from her new book for combatting stress:
Step one, work out the root of your stress:
1. Emotional (how you feel) – scared, sad, etc
2. Behavioural (how you behave) – addiction, procrastination, etc
3. Environmental (your surroundings) – family, work, friends, etc
4. Physical (bodily) – bad diet, poor posture, lack of exercise etc
Step two, work out why you feel like this:
1. What is the perceived stress?
Then, you must choose the course of action most suitable for the occasion:
|(or find some other Shake!rs for a group hug…hugs are always good)|
The importance of reclaiming inaccessible spaces and creating safe spaces. Spaces have memory: they are more than a material construct, they have spirit and we must challenge the removal of community spaces. Here’s a poem by Zena doing just that:
And last, but most certainly not least, we must – unite, resist and stay resilient!