DAF Diversity and Decolonising Circle
This circle is convened by a team of volunteers in the Deep Adaptation movement. Our purpose is to find ways to reflect on and address the main forms of separation and oppression that characterise our modern industrial societies. This includes, in no particular order: patriarchy; white supremacy; and the desacralization of nature.
We recognise that we inevitably carry these mindsets with us into the Deep Adaptation movement and spaces. Our goal is to address them, in order to become more in alignment with the Deep Adaptation Forum (DAF)’s mission of embodying and enabling loving responses to our predicament.
We take action by convening workshops and training sessions, but also by creating spaces in which to share insights on these topics with one another and with people beyond our circle. These learning spaces help us pursue our mission, individually and collectively, both within and outside DAF.
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 subscribe to our mailing-list 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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What is this work (really) about?
Through creative, compassionate, and self-reflective conversations and initiatives, we aim to address structural social injustice, and interrupt harmful ways of being in all contexts of our lives. In doing so, we wish to bring about more collective healing and wellbeing in our lives, and within the organizations and networks we are part of.
Who is benefiting the most from this work?
So far, the clearest benefits seem to have come to us in the group, individually and collectively, thanks to the learning and personal growth we have experienced in this circle. However, we have also been bringing these insights into other groups and spaces, in this network and beyond, and there are signs that others have benefited from our conscious interventions or involvement. We aspire to make our work much more visible, and for this work to spread further afield.
Why are we doing this?
We engage in this group because:
- it feels enlivening and meaningful to address these essential and complex topics in the company of a trusted group of people;
- it is an occasion for us to bring about some important learning and healing within and between ourselves, other humans, and the other-than-human world;
- it feels necessary to make DAF spaces braver, to encourage more sobriety, maturity, discernment, and accountability, and to help our fellow participants become more conscious of systemic forms of injustice that permeate our mindsets and societies;
- It is a moral imperative for us to find loving ways of addressing injustice and stand in solidarity with marginalised peoples. As modern society starts to unravel, we want to try to bring about a better world for everyone.
Who are we accountable to?
We feel accountable to…
- our own sense of justice, equity, and personal integrity;
- each other in this group, and DAF participants more widely;
- our ancestors and future generations;
- those who don’t have our privileges;
- the earth and all other beings.
We aim to balance and nurture our accountability throughout these various relationships, in a spirit of trust, consent, reciprocity, and honesty.
What do we want our work to move in the world?
(The sentence above is inspired by the work of the Gesturing Towards Decolonial Futures collective)
We want to move people’s hearts away from ignorance, separation, and violence, and towards loving kindness, compassion, an embrace of diversity, and an ecocentric worldview. We recognise in doing this work the potential for conflict, disagreement and pain. Our commitment is to work with these, to build our collective capacities to be with the uncomfortable, and to build and maintain authentic relationships.
We want to foster joyful and healing relationships that are based on consent, trust, respect, reciprocity, and accountability.
We also want to disrupt existing systems of power and help create fairer, more regenerative and compassionate social and political structures. These structures should acknowledge harm and injustices (past and present), and focus on reparation and accountability towards all living beings.
PAST EVENTS & WORKSHOPS
- November 2020 – Dismantling Racism training
- June 2021 – Silenced Stories workshop
- October 2021 – Conscious Learning call with the D&D circle
- October 2021 – Indigenous Perspectives on Decolonial Futures
- March 2022 – Ubuntu: Healing Racism within Us and Our Communities
Support this circle’s work
To help us carry out our activities, please make a one-off or regular donation on the circle’s page in OpenCollective, using the button below.