DAF Diversity and Decolonising Circle

This circle is convened by a team of volunteers in the Deep Adaptation movement (see list of participants below). Its purpose is to find ways to reflect on and address the main forms of separation and oppression that characterise our modern industrial societies – including, in no particular order: Patriarchy; White Supremacy; and Desacralization of Nature at large – as we inevitably carry them with us into the Deep Adaptation movement and spaces. 

We address these areas to become more in alignment with the Deep Adaptation mission of embodying and enabling loving responses to our predicament, and reducing suffering, while saving more of society and the natural world.

Initially our focus was to find ways through this reflective process to make DA spaces safer for everyone, particularly people identifying as Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour. As this is such a vast field, the circle began by focusing on opening spaces for deeper conversations to listen to, learn from, and stand in solidarity with Black, Indigenous and People of Colour.  

We designed and implemented an anti-racism training program for DAF volunteers, core team members, and holding group members. We also modified the basic ‘Deep Listening’ process to create Deep Listening for Decolonising, which is offered periodically in DA to help participants integrate issues related to decolonisation.

The Circle continues hosting training events facilitated by experienced trainers. Topics have included Anti-racism, White Supremacy, White fragility, Silenced Stories, and Indigenous Perspectives on Decolonial Futures. There is a members channel on the DAF Slack platform for participants to share in this work. 

Currently the Circle is exploring how to expand the work and the participation from within DAF.We have also collaborated with groups outside of DAF, to open these training events to other groups, in particular Permaculture CoLab and Ecolise. 

We welcome your participation and interest. If you would like to stay informed as these activities evolve, or if you would like to support the initiative as it grows, please leave us your email address here.

Read the Diversity and Decolonising Circle MoU [Memorandum of Understanding] here, which shows the agreements in place between the Circle and the DAF Core Team.

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