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Rhythms of Resistance

Existent groups of Rhythms of Resistance (RoR) are the network of action samba bands, playing for all kinds of socio-political and ecological causes. It exists to actively criticize and confront any form of domination, exploitation, discrimination or oppression and choose tactical frivolity and/or other forms of creative protest as a way to express rage and indignation of drumming participants.

Replication of these ideas would be a requirement if you want to be a part of the network. Agree with them? In this case - creation of your band is possible under next principles:

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Reflecting on practical actions

After doing some practical examples of actions (upcycled pots, seedbombs, moss graffiti...) in rotating groups, everyone share how they feel at this moment and how they felt while they were doing the activity. Ask questions to each other about their process and outcomes.

Divide the participants in different groups and give a practical activity to each group. For example, one group need to mould some seed bombs, other to prepare the "paint" for the moss graffiti and other to upcycle some containers into pots. When the activity is finished, ask one person of each group to explain what they were doing. After that give all the participants the opportunity to ask to the others questions about their activity.

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Simulation game - game of boxes

This game is useful to help beginners to get started in the process of developing an action in a playful way. It also helps to start reflecting about topics that concern the people participating.

Firstly participants individually reflect about three concrete issues that concern or affect them. After 10 min individuals gather in small groups of four or five people. If the group is small, it could be as well in groups of three. The groups share the topics and choose one for the group.

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Open space technology

This is a well known approach a purpose-based leadership, including a way for hosting meetings, conferences and community summit events, focused on a specific and important purpose or task—beginning without any formal agenda, beyond the overall purpose or theme.

We have adapted Open space technology for structuring ideas for actions and planning when to realize them.

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Market of topics

Collect topics from the group, which they were thinking about during last week. Collect their thoughts on post-it notes and hang them visible on a wall. Divide into sub-groups. In order to do this, set up the room with three type of tools for creative activism and ask the participants to choose the one they felt most connected to. They then divide into three subgroups accordingly. Of course, you can use any means to split the group.

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Planning an action using a communication process map

After presenting creative activism through communication theory (see Methods #1, Explaining creative activism using comunication theory), draw the scheme on a big paper. Divide the group in smaller groups, maximum 5 people. Give each group one copy of the map on a big paper. Give them 20 minutes to design their action, concretizing all the aspects that appear in the map.

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The 5 Ws and How

This exercise use the concept of the "5Ws and How" to analyze all the aspects you have to keep in mind while oranising an action - like chosing the better place and time to carry out the action.

Before the exercise prepare six signs: Why, What, Who, Where, When and How. 

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Festival de Andar por Casa

“Home-made” Festival in Asturias.

The “Home- made” festival started in Asturias in 2010 as a one night festival. The festival is a participatory, self-managed artistic and cultural event where some inhabitants of the the city open their houses/flats to the public and for one night transform them into alternative cultural spaces with a diverse range of activities: performances, workshops, concerts, theatre, etc...

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The super power

This is an introduction exercise to break the ice between participants and getting to know each other.

Participants sit in a circle. Ask participants to answer this question: if you would have a super power, which one would it be and why? Give them some minutes to think about the answer. Participants share their answers.

 

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