Shake! Research Collective is here!: Public Space, Young People and “Violence”

The Shake!  collective will work inside out – from personal transformation to structural change – and will consist of collaborative and flat power-sharing structures. No ‘experts’ telling us what is and isn’t valid knowledge. We will define our own research, create new narratives and stories, and re-work the ways in which knowledge and content are produced. We will cultivate young […]

Exploring the State of Violence – by Zena Edwards

The new Shake! Course is nearly here! Monday 16th February, we begin unpacking one of the most contentious subjects our species confronts: Violence. We will be exploring what makes violence, physical and ideological, a seemingly imherent part of modern day life. As a poet I think about the word ‘violence’ as  anything that is excessively […]

Zena’s Thoughts on the Three R’s- Remembering, Re-imagining, Reparations

This will be my fourth time as a Shake! facilitator and the third time as  core team intensive 5-day course deviser. Shake! 1: The pilot “Arts Race and Power” course honoured the lives of aspiring architect and London youth Stephen Lawrence, and the eco-activist and Nigerian Ogoni Tribesman writer Ken Saro-Wiwa and used their stories […]

When Students Are The Teachers – Shakers are the Facilitators: Power Sharing

“Education as Freedom.  Through dialogue,  the teacher-of-the-students and the students-of-the-teacher (terminology)  ceases to exist and a new term emerges:  teacher-student with students-teachers… The students — no longer docile listeners —  are now critical co-investigators in dialogue with the teacher.”  – Paulo Friere   Shake! Mission Statement, Item No.4   To unite the energy of artistic generations  to […]

Praises for Shake event at Rebellious Media Conference

Well, we seemed to have totally hit the spot on Sunday with our session “The Unheard: Youth, the ‘riots’ and the media” at Rebellious Media Conference. + here’s one of many praising tweets, and an extract from same person on a blog review of the conference: @RUDY2HATS Best workshop of the RMC, many thanks… http://rudy2shoes.wordpress.com/2011/10/10/rebellious-media-conference/ […]

A MUSING ON INTERNATIONAL EXAMINATIONS by Hannah Clark

I realise that the subject matter of this post may have little to do with the message of SHAKE!, but after my English exam this morning and my Psychology exam this afternoon, I felt the need to muse on the necessity of examinations. Why do we have them and what purpose do they serve? Especially […]

Read Samia’s Letter Post Shake’s Albany Event

Dear Jane, Ben, Ed, Simon, Anna, Eric and Zena, I often think there’s something quite liberating in writing letters. I wonder whether our words lose value when sent electronically. Anyway, that’s just me thinking out loud. I wanted to write to you to properly thank you all for your time and effort in putting together […]

Review of the big Shake! Preview

On the evening of the 26th February, the Albany in Deptford hosted the Shake! preview – an inspirational night of poetry, music and the sharing of experiences of contemporary issues across generations. Hosted by Shake’s very own multi-talented Rotimi Skyers, accompanied by ground-breaking facilitator/poet/performer/all round awesome person, Simon Murray, the night successfully shared the message, […]

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