2016 Stories to Tell
Can you help let others know about this weekend's workshop - via direct e:mail, phone call, f2f or via your social media networks?
I'm thinking we should move along in workshopping the following:
- themes (currently health, employment, education, safety)
- dramatic form (currently an A4 booklet or book, several short films, possibly some posters)
- scripts or plans for each 'project'
- teams who are committed to working together
- logistics (eg key roles, schedule, budget)
- SBG group engagement with other groups (eg interstate, regional, northern/southern suburbs)
And of course more than happy to add any additional points to the agenda! Suggestions please...
A Trans-World Cafe will be held on Sunday 15th November 1-4pm
at Venue 63 in Adelaide, during the opening weekend of the
World Cafés are facilitated community events that create safe and hospitable space for a diverse group of people to exchange ideas. Food, drinks and music are provided and a facilitator explains proceedings to the entire gathering. They also introduce three carefully considered framing questions.
At each table a ‘table host’ introduces the group to one another and coordinates discussion of question 1 for approximately 20 minutes. All participants have opportunity to speak and note down their thoughts on a large sheet of paper. Participants then move to other tables to discuss questions 2 and 3.
Finally findings are ‘harvested’ through discussion with the larger groups and utilising visual representations and annotations made at each table. Because only a finite period of time is spent at each table and the focus is on respectful listening and finding affinity, the potential for extended conflict is minimised. The process is also a great premise for establishing fruitful ongoing discussions across different perspectives among divergent participants.
In the context of ‘Sharing Stories Beyond Gender’ our cafe event will bring together diverse trans* participants and a wider community of health care providers, educators and policy makers. Key questions for discussion will focus on the divergent needs of the community (contextualized as ‘home’, ‘safety’ and ‘wellbeing’).
The next Adelaide workshop is scheduled for Saturday 7th November, 2-5pm at Uniting Communities, 10 Pitt Street, City (near the Central Markets).
At this session we'll be finalising our creative work and website content for display at the Trans* World Cafe on the 15th Nov (following weekend).
Bfriend, a service provided by Uniting Communities, is the proud host of our ongoing workshops.
Port Lincoln workshop
This month we ran two workshops in Port Lincoln. The first was for community members who wished to share their stories.
The second was tailored for service providers and teachers as a kind of 'train the trainer'.
What do you need to do to offer support to gender-questioning storytellers? How should we use social media safely AND with courage?
Both workshops established genuine meaningful connections between participants and we hope we'll see conversations continuing online... check out our forum page here.