Sharing Artful and Reflective Practice with Islington Youth Workers

Sharing Artful and Reflective Practice with Islington Youth Workers

Some years ago the Youth Team at Islington Council who have been the main funder for our Generator programme, started noticing the words of young people appearing in our funding reports. They were curious. What were the experiences that led to the vulnerability, creativity and sense of purpose they felt in the writing? This led to a six month commission to share our practice with Islington Youth Workers, writes Jane Riddiford.

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Junior Chef Club

Junior Chef Club

In the dark cold winter months, there is nothing better than gathering around the fire telling stories and eating heart-warming food or getting a tray of freshly baked goods out of the oven to taste whilst still warm... especially when you have made it yourself! On Thursday afternoons,9 students from Mount Carmel and EGA made their way from school to the Skip Garden to take part in the Junior Chef Club, supported by 2 of our Senior Generators, Kaine and Kira. We wanted for the Junior Chefs to not only learn how to cook amazing food, but also to learn about themselves, how we are all connected to other things around us, where our food comes from and our role in helping plants grow.

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In praise of Twilight Volunteering

In praise of Twilight Volunteering

On the evening of October 22, we celebrated the closing of our successful Twilight Gardening project, a project that we have been running for years and we opened for a new season last spring, writes Silvia Pedretti.

Every other Wednesday regular and newcomers, from local and non-local areas, joined us at the Kings Cross Skip Garden throughout spring, summer and autumn, feeding us and the garden with their knowledge, enthusiasm and love for the community.

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Revisiting Global Generation’s History - 2012

Revisiting Global Generation’s History - 2012

As Brian Swimme and Thomas Berry wrote, “There is a deep pull within us to discover and be true to the fact of our own interrelatedness.“ We experienced a new kind of togetherness in 2012 when we moved the Skip Garden, the Hoop Garden and our office onto our current location, writes Jane Riddford.

Bringing the different parts of the organisation together enabled us to see and experience ourselves more clearly as an ecosystem. A big factor in enabling closer collaboration was the fact that for the first time we had a kitchen on site. This meant that we began to regularly sit down as a whole team, to share a cooked lunch together.

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A Solo Adventure in the Pyrenees

A Solo Adventure in the Pyrenees

As I feel the wind on my skin and the sun warming up my face in the middle of London, I am brought back to my spot on the mountains in the Pyrenees a week ago, where I did a 24-hour solo… a day and a night on my own in one spot, to just simply be with nature, writes Nicole van den Eijnde.

When the opportunity arose to go onto a wilderness retreat in the Pyrenees with Way of Nature and Active Earth I knew I had to go. A big part of what we have been doing with Global Generation in our Engaged Philosophy sessions, yoga and sitting still practice is to open up a space inside of us to just ‘be’ and in such a way connecting more deeply with who we are and the world around us. This would take me further on this adventure …

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Sharing the Universe Story with The Institute of Education

Sharing the Universe Story with The Institute of Education

About 3 weeks ago JaneNicoleRaiesa and I set off early on a Tuesday morning to the Institute of Education. We were going to give a one-day workshop to new teacher trainees on 'The Universe Story, writes Rod Sugden.

Global Generation have been using the modern scientific 14 billion years of cosmic history with young people for the last 3 years. It provides a means to bring children into a huge perspective. A view where they can see that they are part of an immense creative process that is also interconnected.

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Big Bang Summer School 2014

Big Bang Summer School 2014

This year’s Big Bang Summer School was a very special collaboration between Regent High School pupils alongside a variety of student volunteers from the Central School of Speech and Drama (CSSD), the Institute of Education (IOE) and the University of Arts London (UAL) as well as our Generators and puppeteer Nina, writes Raiesa Choudhury.

Global Generation expanded into a super-team for two wonderful weeks with bright ideas and skills being shared in the special space of the Kings Cross Skip Garden.

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Exploring Leadership with Eurostar

Exploring Leadership with Eurostar

Change is a slow and unpredictable thing. Lately I have been paying attention to how others are leading in Global Generation. As Donna Ladkin describes “leadership is a phenomenon, an art we can enact and explore together and support each other to do better”, writes Jane Riddiford.

As I was about to leave the Kings Cross Skip Garden I looked out of the office door, there was Silvia introducing a group of our twilight gardeners to the idea of finding silence in the heart of London.

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Completing our Universe Story Year with St Johns

Completing our Universe Story Year with St Johns

After 12 months of travelling through the journey of the universe with children and teachers from St John’s Primary School in Wallingford it was natural to finish with our responsibility for the future. To do this we chose to tell the story of the bees, writes Jane Riddiford.

During the morning assembly we learnt about the earliest bees who inhabited our planet 130 million years ago and now like the canary in the mine, bees are telling us we need to start paying attention to them and all of life on earth.

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Journeying into the Universe with Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim

Journeying into the Universe with Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim

This month Global Generation had the honour of hosting Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim in the Kings Cross Skip Garden. As well as being professors at Yale’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies they are co-producers, with Brian Swimme. of the film "Journey of the Universe" which has had a big influence on Global Generation’s work. writes Jane Riddiford.

The film was inspired by Thomas Berry's call in 1978 for a new story that would bring science and humanities together in an integrated cosmology that could guide humans into the next period of human-Earth relations.

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And then there was Silence…

And then there was Silence…

We opened our eyes, ready to start a full day in complete silence. The sound of the morning birds was filling our ears and bodies as if we were in a sound system. The idea was born one day at the Kings Cross Skip Garden, writes Silvia Pedretti.

"Through silence comes space. Into the space come those things that we have tried hard to find. Our nearest galaxy is the same size as the little speedwell flower if I am in between, looking at both. The universe is contained within both. My awareness of them connects the one to the other."

- Geraldine, Global Generation's Office Manager                       

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Think Even Bigger

Think Even Bigger

Some weeks ago, I was asked to run a workshop for Islington youth workers on our reflective methodologies – ways of working which support the growth of a different perspective, a bigger perspective, writes Jane Riddiford.

Maria, one of our Generators who is part of the Global Generation Big Bang Ambassador group, volunteered to run the workshop with me. It was the end of a long day and at first my mind was blank; what were we going to offer? How would it land?

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Unlocking the Power of Creation Stories

Unlocking the Power of Creation Stories

Over the last few weeks the Big Bang Ambassadors have been looking at creation stories from different religions and cultures. What we have been discovering is that these stories have profoundly shaped peoples' ideas about themselves, others and the world around them, writes Rod Sugden

We have discovered that creation stories can still powerfully influence our lives and the directions we choose to follow. This is what the GG Big Bang Ambassadors, (a group of 14 - 16 year old's) have to say about their experience...

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