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Colin Chambers is a former Lt Cdr in the South African navy, who went on to become a special advisor to Nelson Mandela for 8 years. Mandela was a key transformational figure in the life of South Africa, bringing forgiveness, reconciliation and reconstruction to a nation that had been deeply divided. Colin shares his unique perspective on Mandela the man, how the transformation of South Africa was achieved and what we can learn from this process to benefit our own professional and personal lives.
What does film-making have to do with social justice ?
More than you might think.
‘Film on Fire’ explores participatory film-making as an effective way to get people’s voices heard.
We’ll share our recipe with you. There are three magic ingredients:
- Human beings with stories to tell about their own experience
- Professional film-makers with story-telling skills to facilitate the creative process
- The power of social media to get short videos out to a massive public
At ‘Film on Fire’ you’ll see a range of short films made by people at the sharp end of social inequality, whose voices are often silenced: asylum-seekers, children, women living in poverty, recovering drug addicts, people with learning disabilities.
At media co-op, we believe that with the right support, anyone can learn the tools to create films that are beautiful and pack a punch.
You’ll meet some of the participants and hear how it feels to take the camera into your own hands, to speak out, and spark change.
* Women from Pilton in the Making it Home poetry and film project
* Particpants who shared their stories anonymously in Scottish Independent Advocacy Alliance‘s animated film Opening Doors, online in seven community languages, exposing how people with learning disabilities, addiction or mental health issues are at higher risk of losing their children, and what can be done about it.
‘Film on Fire’: a FREE friendly and enjoyable 90-minute session of viewing, sharing, reflecting, learning, inspiration and surprises. Real-life examples of co-design and co-production in action.
Please join us. Burn away some outdated concepts about who gets to make the media. Ignite some on-screen emotion and off-screen change.
See you at Mansfield Traquair in Edinburgh on Monday 30 January 2017 at 2pm to 3.30pm
Your hosts: media co-op not-for-profit social enterprise and workers co-operative, founded in 2004 to harness the power of communication for social change.
Our co-hosting partner is Scottish Independent Advocacy Alliance, a membership organisation dedicated to ensure that Independent Advocacy is available to any vulnerable person in Scotland. SIAA commissioned Opening Doors from media co-op as part of their Familes at Risk project
This event is part of the Scottish Government’s Fire Starter Festival, aimed at “exploring genuine, participatory methods of engagement, creating innovative and transformative changes“. Let’s go start a fire!
PS There’s another ‘Film on Fire’ event in Glasgow on Thursday 26 January 2017, 4pm to 5.30pm
“Let’s Talk About Health” is all about advancing our knowledge of health and what goes wrong in disease. Join us to hear about new research in our University that is increasing our understanding of diseases and providing new advances in treatment. Guests will be able to talk to our young scientists about their research, and S4 and S5 pupils will have an opportunity to tour our labs before the talks. We look forward to seeing you there!
Professor Karen Chapman
University/BHF Centre for Cardiovascular Science
Most people associate breast cancer with women. However, men can also be affected. Currently, 1 in 8 women in the UK will be affected by breast cancer during their lifetime. Huge steps have been made in understanding some of the complexities underpinning this disease and developing increasingly effective treatment strategies. This started here in Scotland, with Beatson’s discovery that in some women, removal of the ovaries can shrink tumours. Join us to hear about some of the key advances that have led to over 85% of women now living more than 5 years after diagnosis of breast cancer. We will explore exciting research aimed at developing new treatment strategies, that are personalised to the individual patient’s cancer, to maximise treatment effectiveness and limit unpleasant side-effects.
Dr Helen Creedon, and Professor Val Brunton, Edinburgh Cancer Research Centre, The University of Edinburgh
Doors open 4.30pm with teas and coffees available.
Refreshments available after event.
Photography & filming
This event may be photographed and/or recorded for promotional or recruitment materials for the University or University approved third parties.
For any further information contact the organiser, Karen Chapman [email protected]
Meet 5.45pm this Wed 21 March at Leith Library, 28-30 Ferry Rd, Edinburgh EH6 4AE
To go to Council Leader Adam McVey’s surgery which starts at 6pm
Edinburgh Coalition Against Poverty can now give more details of this Wednesdays very important solidarity call-out.
Meet 5.45pm this coming Wednesday at Leith Library to support homeless lone parent D at Council Leader Adam McVey’s surgery. We will be insisting that the Council drop the court action against her. Incredibly CEC are taking her to court to force her to pay 4,100 pounds in supposed rent arrears, all of which should be covered by Housing Benefit.
Because of these false “rent arrears” D and her young son were recently evicted from a Private Sector Leasing flat run by Link group under contract to the Council. The CEC refused to pay Housing Benefit to D despite the fact that she had no income apart from paltry benefits and no significant savings. Not content with making D and her child homeless the Council are now persecuting her via lawyers and the courts. This is an all too common example of the Council’s contempt for working class people, denying rights and acting oppressively. Are we going to let them away with this?
Edinburgh Claimants/ Edinburgh Coalition Against Poverty told D’s local councillors about this injustice on 13 February, and have been pursuing the issue since then. We contacted the council leader’s office late last week. Still they refuse to drop the court action. When those in power will not listen to reason, we believe the most effective action is for people to join together and take action, as the North Edinburgh mums have shown in their inspiring actions over the last year.
Cancel the court action against D, to recover supposed rent arrears
Pay full Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit to D for the whole period of her Link tenancy
Ensure D and her son are allocated safe secure good housing on a permanent basis
This action will definitely go ahead unless we get a written assurance from the Council that the court action against D is cancelled – watch out for email updates, which we aim to send by tuesday late afternoon/ early evening at latest.
ECAP sees actions like this as vital in giving solidarity to people at the sharp end of Edinburgh’s housing crisis, and also essential as part of the process of building a movement to assert that a good home is a right for all
No to Austerity – People not Profit
Come along to Cabaret Voltaire (36-38 Blair St, Edinburgh, EH1 1QR), doors open at 6.30pm and the talk starts from 7pm. Come along for a bite of food, a chance to socialise and get involved in a discussion on psychology and behaviour modelling…
Self activation and flow – Stage 1 in Setting Purposeful Life direction by Leon Paterson
In the first of a series of 4 events we will explore the first stage in self activation and setting purposeful life direction. You will begin to develop skills in becoming more sensitive to your sense of things going ok/not ok (self supervising). You will learn how to better manage your activated flow through life. And how to best respond to upset by taking the time to pay careful attention to your feelings.
What you will learn –
Understanding how flow and self managing work
Becoming more sensitive and noticing feelings
Becoming better at managing your feelings
Feelings as an alarm – the usefulness of uncomfortable feelings
Managing the discomfort – responding appropriately
Things going ok/not ok – how we supervise and track ourselves through life
Feelings about feelings – introduction into second level emotional responses