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Working Group coordinators: Sharon and Charlotte
Working Group Members: Cinzia, Metod Blejec

Welcome to the How To working group!

Here is a link to the call for proposals from the Five Years Gallery
The deadline is 1st October, so we don't have long. I suggest we develop ideas here asap, and then perhaps meet in week 19th September. Then we can finalise the proposal here before submitting?

Perhaps we could take this opportunity to think about what being resource-like would mean for CP?

Tuesday 20th September

Some ideas from Charlotte and Sharon from a meeting in the Student Bar, High Holborn.

We are interested in doing something playful/tongue in cheek. Neither of us wanted to be too overtly political or critique the use of the Free School ideologies by the ‘neo-liberal right’

We discussed Five Years’ statement that all the proposals will be accepted. We felt that this brings an interesting random element to the project/event. We have no idea who will be attending the sessions and so there is a large element of chance. If we recognise that each individual will bring something unique and different in their participation, how can we tap into that and play with it?

Nowadays it is possible to get almost any information from the internet so what benefit is there from having human contact? This is something we would like to explore.

We touched on CP’s recent discussions about resources. We questioned the need to create new resources as there is so much information ‘out there’, and discussed possibilities of pooling or repurposing existing resources.

We want to move away from the idea of an ‘Authority on High’ (teacher) transmitting knowledge to the taught, but acknowledge the need for guidance/facilitation and structure

Possible ideas include:

Taking to the session a ‘problem’ or questions that we want answered and working together with the random group of participants, using their individual and unique knowledge/talents to try to come up with answers. This could even include something like our building a boat proposal.

Taking an existing resource and re-purposing, re-arranging it. Ie taking a successful song and re-writing it.


I would like to suggest we set up a session in which we unravel ideas about neo-liberalism. We could do it through a practical activity to get us going ... I'd would be keen to have a session in which knowledge is exchanged with people outside of the organisers, not distributed in one direction.

What do you think? (CC)

Hi all

Cinzia - thanks for this. I think unravelling neo-liberalism sounds interesting - I don't have a fixed idea about what the term represents, so would be interested in, as you say, unravelling it. I do think it would be good if we could keep things relatively light though (is that possible?) What kind of practical activity did you have in mind? I am imagining taking the unravelling metaphor quite literally, and envisaging big tangled balls of wool.....I'm away from Mon 26th - Fri 30th at a conference, so won't be as available as I'd like. If we could get something together by the end of the weekend, would Sharon or Cinzia be OK with sending the proposal in? (CW)

Hello Everyone

Thanks Charlotte and Cinzia for very thoughtful and interesting contributions.

I am definitely interested in facilitating the exchange of knowledge rather than it being a one way street. And I am keen to explore this idea that seems to be forming about unravelling/answering questions together with the participants. If I’m honest, my immediate reaction is to run away screaming from anything that sounds vaguely political and ‘heavy’. But I think that that is probably mainly due to fear rather than apathy. I feel out of my depth using terms like ‘neo-liberal’ so maybe this would be a good opportunity to get to the bottom of understanding them.

I am also keen to keep things light-hearted if at all possible. While I am all for challenging myself and getting stuck into learning new things, I don’t feel that it is very ‘me’ to co-host an intense session on a political theme. Likewise writing a proposal on such a theme. I just wouldn’t know where to begin. That said, I’m not doing it on my own and between us, I’m sure that we can come up with something interesting, challenging and fun. Now, what was that about wool Charlotte? That sounds like a lot of fun! I was also thinking about the exercise that we didn't get around to doing at the CP workshop where we were going to make something that embodied the Aims and Objectives. Could we make, draw, paint something that could help us get to the bottom of our unanswered question?

Practically speaking, this weekend, I’m available on Saturday late afternoon/evening and Sunday afternoon and evening to work on a proposal. I’m free on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings next week and could meet up with Cinzia if that is useful and I am happy to send off the proposal in time for the deadline.

Hi all

Sharon and I met up again on Friday and chatted a bit more. We're really looking forward to hearing what you had in mind, Cinzia - if you could give an example of the sort of practical activity you had in mind that would be great.

Other things we thought about were - Recipe exchange session (which could result in an online recipe book) - Workshop on how to keep a secret, how to share a secret - Speed tipping - create a tip a minute for 1 hour, resulting in an online tip compilation (60 tips, we hope!) - Revisiting and repurposing some Hunt tasks

Whaddya think?


This is Not A School Proposal

Critical Practice is a cluster of artists, researchers, academics and others hosted by Chelsea College of Art and Design, a constituent college of the University of the Arts London. We have a long-standing interest in art, public goods, spaces, services and knowledge, and a track record of producing original, participatory events. For This Is Not A School, Critical Practice would like to propose the following:

Speed tipping: a group co-creates a tip a minute for 1 hour, resulting in a 60 tip compilation (group to decide what format this takes)

Keywords: informal learning, sharing, miscellany, speed, 60 seconds, recipes, the way Grandma did it.

Preferred dates: 29th October (first choice) or 22nd October (second choice)

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Marsha: 09_25_11: Proposal looks short and sweet--a good thing--I'm just wondering what the tips would be about? Perhaps I'm missing something...but would they be teaching strategies, learning strategies, something else? Un-raveling neo-liberalism? If so, perhaps it should go in the proposal? Maybe give an example of how this might unfold in practice? A quick play-by-play? Also, where will the tips go afterward? On the wiki? As a resource that could be shared? A PDF? Just a few thoughts....