Non-Violent Creative Action – Training and ActionJam
skill up your activism and bring more creativity to your campaign
use your creative skills for positive change
At the Dream Factory Melbourne
90 Maribyrnong Street Footscray
We have gathered an amazing lineup of talented creatives, activists and creative activists wanting to share their skills empower people working for a better world.
Learn from the people who organise some of the most exciting and creative activist projects, with some crazy creatives thrown in.
Our three day event will be presented in two quite different formats. The first two days will use a more traditional approach to sharing skills, while the last day will provide an experimental learning environment inspired by success of tech startup weekends and rapid collaborative events.
If you are a creative looking to get involved in activism, or an activist that see’s the essential role in creativity in change, this is the event not to be missed.
Numbers are limited, so book your place below.
Two days of Training
May 25th and 26th, 2017
View the draft schedule here – 9:00 Start
Skillshares/workshops/panels. Each session will run for 1.5 hours and be in workshop, lecture or experimental format.
- How creatives can support remote Aboriginal campaigns with Ken Peters-Dodd (remote)
- Facilitating large scale creative protest with Izzy Brown
- Exploring your creativity with Light Wizard
- Creating and curating creative performance NVDA with Presenters from ClimActs
- Building simple websites with Will Dayble
- Shooting protest Photography/video with Sam Castro
- Media planning for a protest event with Phil Evans
- Artists making performative interventions with Gabrielle de Vietri
- Creative stunts and hoaxes with Nicola Paris
- Artistic programs with Aviva Reed
- Musicians + NVCA with Matt Wicking
- Find your voice as an effective spokesperson with Dan Purdey
- Mixing festival culture with NVDA with Baron de Merxhausen
One day ActionJam
May 27th – Saturday
View schedule here – 9:30 start
ActionSkills has ran a few of these collaborative events before including the PressJam event where we produced 4 websites for 4 charity NFP groups in one day. See the PressJam video here to get an idea of how these events run.
These experimental events that provide a rich environment of learning by working directly on a project. By joining a multidisciplinary team, you learn from those you work with as well as experience the creation of a project.
Enough talk already, lets get some stuff done. We will form two (or more) teams depending on with issue draws you. We currently have two projects and may add more.
The aim is to have a workable proposal that will be deployed on the ground as well as the support marketing materials. So we want to work out any budget needs and recruit your networks to produce costumes, art, graphics, websites etc. If we have a strong idea and can communicate it, we believe the money will come. Crowdfunding can also be a strong part of a campaign raising awareness before the action even begins.
We will have people participating who understand the logistics and safety of stopping machinery, interacting with the law, as well as the other complexities of this work.
The first two projects will be:
Frontline Action on Coal – #StopAdani
When Adani starts work, FLAC will stop them. Literally. So as a machine or train is stopped, what creative event can we think of?. How do we create theater, a spectacle, a fun event that will excite people and create memorial, iconic images for the campaign. Maybe we have a more creative approach than stopping machines?
Whistleblowers, Activists and Citizens Alliance – Refugees, #CloseTheCamps
WACA has been doing great work raising awareness and resistance to our Governments inhumane treatment of refugees, including applying pressure on their contractors Wilsons Security with creative stunts and protests.
The WACA team will brief your creative team on the stuff they have done and some of their thinking on who and what to target to end offshore detention. How do we create theater, a spectacle, a fun event that will excite people and create memorial, iconic images for the campaign. Maybe we can come up with a more creative approach than they have done before?
- Unwaged – $10
- Waged – $20
- Supporter – $50
Costs will be waived for people in financial hardship.
We need to cover our (discounted) rent and catering costs. We will likely run at a loss. Any leftover funds will be donated to materials for the creative projects.
Non-profit event of 100% volunteers
Everyone is sharing to help build our social and environmental movements. Any leftover funds will be donated to materials for the creative projects.
Non Violent Creative Action
This is an adoption of the term Non-violent Direct Action. This is where people choose to break an unjust law to protest or to protect a special place. We are aiming to make this more creative, fun and EFFECTIVE. We will not be breaking any laws over this event or running any actions or protest. We are learning and creating creative protest ideas and projects
For more examples and inspiration check out
If you would like to support this event with catering, cash for catering, resources or anything else please contact Glenn