Be the change you want to see
Written by Steve Scoles on September 26, 2017
Northampton people are invited to ‘be the change you want to see’ at an event that brings together a range of counterculture heroes on the same bill.
Legendary Ska/Punk band Inner Terrestrials; world-renowned author Alan Moore; comedian, musician and writer Andrew O’Neill and writer-poet Sophie Sparham will be at the Phoenix Bar for the latest in the series of Transition nights to be held in the town.
Transition has been put together by UoN media lecturers Roy Wallace and Cavan McLaughlin and aims to highlight the methods and inspiration of people who have brought about transformations of one kind or another.
Cavan explains: ‘‘Previous Transition events have been themed around a form of transitioning, or an area in which transition is needed, but this special event is a celebration of individuals, social movements and community groups that are already making change—making a difference—right now. So come along, “find the others” and celebrate our differences and our diversity!’
Running alongside the Transition events is an academic journal Monad: Journal of Transformative Practice.
The Monad project and journal will function as a digital hub, archiving and sharing principles of ‘best practice’ for realising progressive change.
“We recognise that such change comes both from self-development and engaging with community,” said Roy, and this is reflected in the emphasis on practice within both the journal and the overall project. He goes on to explain, ‘Our mission is to seek out, publish and share—methods, models and makers of change.’
‘We aim to provide a digital publishing platform for practices, and practitioners that actively seek to combat hegemony, challenge normativity and contravene conformity,” adds Cavan.
“So the project and journal will be radically inclusive. We aim to be tolerant of everything—except intolerance. And work will be judged entirely on its own merit.”
Materials that Monad seeks to publish, share, and archive include text-based articles, audio-visual works (e.g. short films and documentaries, video art, audio-visual presentations), audio-only works, and even images with exegesis. Roy and Cavan hope to make space in Monad for a range of fields and approaches, including transformative spiritual/religious practice, transformative artistic practice, transformative political practice, transformative scientific and clinical practice.
On Thursday 9th November 2017, a one-day academic symposium will launch the Monad project and journal at the Faculty of Arts, Science and Technology within the University of Northampton, with a selection of invited speakers addressing various forms of transformative practice in relation to progressive change.
It will be followed by the Transition event at the Phoenix Bar in the evening. For more information about Monad journal and the symposium visit: http://www.monadjournal.com/launch