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Welcome to The RYSE - The Radical Youth Space for Educations -  our project to build a radical educational space for youth organisers, the space we need if together we are going to weave truly transformative social movements - aka:

A Home for our Generation to Learn the Art of Disobedience

 

This is a BIG project and there are loads of threads, we'll try to lay them all out here but if you've got any furter questions then please do email us and connect - for now though, here's what we are weaving:

The Practicalities 

So, let's start with what The RYSE means in practice. For us there are 4 key practical elements to the project - radical education, building community, youth activism and creating space. Let's dive a bit deeper into each one.

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Radical Education

Fundamentally The RYSE is an experiment in radical education - a chance for us to build upon on the legacies of our chosen ancestors like Paulo Freire and the spaces that inspire us like The Highlander Folk School. In practical terms, we'll working to create learning communities of youth organisers that are centered around key areas of learning. These communities will be formed through our Residential Workshops in Winter and Summer and supported by fieldwork in the Spring and Autumn - make sure you check out our upcoming sessions!

Building Community

As The RYSE we see ourselves as part of building two communities - one of affinity and one of place. In affinity we stand with those of our generation rising in rebellion against imperialism and for true justice - and where we live as The RYSE is in Stroud, Gloucestershire. A long time hotbed of eco/alternative living we're very excited to connect with community farms, halls, kitchens, breweries, woods and more. These are the tapestries into which we're weaving The RYSE and the communities that we are committing to help build.

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In very simple terms The RYSE is built to serve the radical youth. To serve all those of our generation rising for change in creating a place to learn, to ground and connect in, and ultimately to become a home for us to return too. We believe in the power that youth hold, the role we play in challenging the present, the drive we have to build a better future and yet we need support. The RYSE will be part of that support - linking youth with elders, running educational residentials, building learning communities and reclaiming the space we need.

Youth Activism
 

Reclaiming Space
 

Youth in the UK are systemically denied access to space. Media campaigns name us as threats, laws created to criminalise us and so we have a generation grown in total dislocation from space, from land to call their own. As such, fundamental to The RYSE is the creation of our own physical space, a space youth can stand in and feel powerful. To begin, this means partnering with awesome spaces like the Trinity Rooms - before working to find our own building, our own land, ground to call our own - watch this space!

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Why The RYSE? 

So, what are the deeper stories here? Well while we've laid some out above, this work sits on a huge amount of personal learning and transformation within the team - alongside the histories of resistance into which we are looking to step. As such, rather than write a bunch of paragraphs here Robin, Meg, Nils and Freya from the team sat down and recorded y'all a podcast. 

We talk through our personal experiences, inspirations, chosen ancestors, feelings of solidarity and more - its all crammed into 30mins so have a listen and let us know what you think!

Seasonal Cycle 

We are so disconnected from the cycles of the world. Stuck within modernity's addication to constant production we are taught to always on, always in 'go mode' - and yet we know this is burning us out, we know their must be other ways of living and working.

And so at The RYSE we're looking back in time and towards the more than human world in organising our work along a 'seasonal cycle'. Designed so our work mirror's the energy of each season and allows for regular reflection, rest and reimagination, its flow can be summarised as:

Winter - a darker time for deeper residential work in smaller groups. Inviting youth to Stroud to begin seeding the work for the year ahead by creating learning communities.

Spring - a time to take our work back out into the field to support and connect with youth in their contexts. Nurturing our learning communties to take root.

Summer - bursting with life we will again invite youth to Stroud for bigger gatherings - skill sharing weekends, resistance jams and more - this is us in full bloom.

Autumn - as the cold returns we will turn inward to reflect on all the year has brought. In havesting all this learning we will reground and prepare for the cycle to come.

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We believe that in these times of crisis it is not about 'organising fast' its about 'organsing right' about launching the spiral that starts small yet in its deeply grounded nature is able to grow into the transformative energy we need. This is our attempt to re-root and we're excited to see where it will take us.

Our Background

We're coming into this project on the back of 2+ years of full time youth activism and in that time we've been lucky enough to both hold and be part of some incredible educational moments and processes. We wanted to take a moment here to let you explore some of these experiences which form the backbone of the learning we are bringing into the RYSE - just click a picture, it'll pop-up full size and you can read all about whats behind it:

Our Intentions 

1. To work through popular education to support the young generation of activists in the UK who are working for the liberation of all peoples.

2. To create a physical space for learning together between groups and organisations , connected to a movement-wide learning community, and making space to learn from movement elders and resistance histories.

3. Building a shared sense of purpose between the youth of the minority world and the Global Majority, working especially so our generation in the UK choose the side of the Majority.

Together these intentions inform and drive our work in developing The RYSE - they are the grounding on which we build and what we will always return to during our periods of reflection and re-rooting.

Our Educational Pillars

  1. Trust the young people: Schooling is denying trust in young people and essential to creating a better world is to trust that people can and must know the solutions to their own problems for the solutions to work

  2. We need to learn together: Making space for participation from different groups with broad common ground with the aim of creating something bigger than the sum of our parts

  3. Popular education: Sharing lived experiences to create the knowledge needed to take action for liberation

  4. Resistance his/her-stories and experiences: Exploring and learning from all peoples traditions of resistance including reclaiming the radical people’s history of Europe

  5. Intergenerational solidarity: Making space to allow youth activists to make new contributions guided by the experiences of older generations

  6. Internationalism: Looking at how things happening in one part of the world is relevant to other parts and how its all part of the same picture

  7. Combining theory and practice: What Paulo Freire called Praxis, because neither is good just on its own when doing nonviolent direct action, community organising or other methods to create change

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RYSE Blogs

The RYSE is growing and changing everyday - we're mad excited about this and we want you all to be involved - so please email us with any questions or hit us up using the social links below.

Big love and Power from us all!