Activity 14: How it feels to be free (continued)

1 hours 30 minutes


To imagine not only new ways of organising social relations, but the routes we might take to get there, and why certain routes might be more effective than others.


Once you have completed your picture of this new society, it is time to consider the journey that was necessary to get there. What freedom routes helped you to get to this new society?

Was it through popular uprising and revolution? Through the state? Practicing prefigurative politics? Local popular power? Or was it some combination of these? What other major historical changes do you think happened?

What do you think it took to create this new society?

Think through some of the questions we have been asking: what were the forms of resistance? Who were the people waging the struggle (the revolutionary subjects)? What organizational forms were used (political instruments)?


Imagine that there is a large museum archiving all sorts of responses during the transition to the imagined world we described in the last task: these can range from videos of protests or key moments of change (an announcement, an interview, an address to a crowd), artistic responses such as rap, poetry, reimagined struggle songs, art, storytelling, performed scenes; posters or banners; images; key documents.

Decide on two items that are in this museum that represent something of the journey towards freedom, that you will present. When presenting how you got there imagine you are giving a road map to activists who are looking towards you (as people who have travelled this road) for inspiration and guidance.

You have 45 minutes for this task, followed by 45 minutes of final reflections, discussion and consolidation from all of us.

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