Workshops and events held since early 2018 have included:
- The joys & challenges of sustaining groups in difficult times. Using a mix of sociodrama, discussion and practical exercises Cissy Rock & Sue Bradford facilitated this workshop which explored issues around setting up and maintaining groups, locating power, coping with challenging people & situations as well as facilitation skills.
- Four online ‘conversations’ during the period of the first covid lockdown. These explored – Opportunities for action in the time of covid; Solidarity not charity: Welfare, poverty, housing and jobs; Organising for climate justice and the impacts of the pandemic; Becoming a traitor to white supremacy and what this means in the context of Black Lives Matter and the ongoing struggle to challenge colonisation in Aotearoa NZ.
- Welfare: A fractured, inadequate system: Where to from here? Included consideration of what has happened since the Welfare Expert Advisory Group reported back, and of the various possibilities being put forward around Basic Income/Universal Basic Income.
- Kōtare Summer School 2020. Topics included a three-part series on economics – work, money and the environment; facilitation tools; art for climate justice; steps towards a Tiriti-based future; ‘Is there such a thing as left populism?’; climate justice organising – session led by school student climate strikers; writing for transformational change; housing and homelessness – strategies and analysis; crafting for justice.
- Community economic development, cooperatives and peoples’ organisations. Explored what we mean when we talk about ‘community economic development’; our experiences in this kind of work; deepening connections; and considering how this mahi relates to broader organisation for climate justice.
- Climate justice: Organising for change in a time of crises. Considering how we can apply the ethics and relationships embedded in Te Tiriti in our organising work; looking at strengths, weaknesses and gaps and how different groups and sectors might organise more effectively.
- Radical histories, radical archiving. Historians Mark Derby and Jared Davidson and oral historian Sue Berman resourced a workshop in which we learned more about how to turn our passion for peoples’ and community histories into effective personal and organisational projects.
- Climate justice and the war on the poor: What does a progressive economic response to the climate crisis look like? Over two days together we workshopped a number of critical issues in considerable depth, including dairy and non-dairy agriculture, eco-collapse, extractive mining, growth, just transition, tourism, urban planning, housing and welfare – all within a climate justice framework.
- Strengthening our voice in community: A workshop for younger women. Explored the way in which younger women are often silenced and weakened in community contexts, and how that silencing is often internalised. We then went on to consider some of the ways in which this can be overcome.
- Kōtare Summer School 2019. Workshops took place in a wide variety of themes and modes, with a mix of analytical discussion and opportunities for creative expression. Topics ranged from the economics of the housing crisis and surveillance issues for activists through to poetry-writing as a tauiwi response to Matike Mai and a session on radical archiving.
- Riverbed project. From August 2018 until March 2019 Kotare participated in the Riverbed project led by artist Fiona Jack in conjunction with Artspace Gallery on Auckland’s K Rd. Fiona Jack and Sue Bradford facilitated a series of workshops at which participants were invited to shape rocks from clay while engaging in group discussion around a topical issue. Topics included everything from women’s empowerment and debate around ‘reform or revolution?’ to a discussion of radical pedagogies, with the final workshop for tamariki taking place at Ihumātao on 2 March.
- Through Mongolian eyes: Reflections on feminism, neoliberalism, post socialism and the realities of women’s activism in Mongolia. A well-attended public event hosted by Kotare at Auckland Central Library in November 2018, in which visiting Mongolian feminist activist and scholar Undariya Tumursukh reflected on these issues in conversation with Sue Bradford.
- Speaking out in challenging times. This workshop considered how we can more effectively ‘speak out’ and take action for structural change, especially given the challenges presented by our current political/economic/socio-
cultural context and the particular sectors in which participants work.
- Fresh Water and Te Tiriti o Waitangi. An opportunity for tauiwi working on fresh water issues at local and national level to share knowledge about what is going on at present, and to deepen our understanding about the implications of Te Tiriti for organisation and advocacy around fresh water.
- Codesign or cooption? RBA or resistance? Untangling the latest web of community sector theory, practice and jargon.
- A progressive Basic Income (BI or UBI) for Aotearoa New Zealand. An opportunity for people to come together from different perspectives to consider the evolution of this controversial concept at a time when BI is becoming increasingly popularised in mainstream discourse around welfare and work.