What's on

Events, talks and workshops at Makespace Oxford

EOF Hackspace Social Night

Location: Makespace Oxford

Organiser: EOF Hackspace

Date: Fri 19th October – Time: 7:30pm – 10pm

EOF Social

Join us for a light-hearted evening of refreshments and conversations with other makers. Bring your projects and show us what you're currently making; or come see what other EOF members are working on, or, just drop by to learn more about EOF!

Free to attend, no booking required, everyone is welcome.

How do we grow Oxford's co-operative sector?

Location: Makespace Oxford

Organiser: Oxfordshire Co-operative Party

Date: Thurs 15th November – Time: 18:30pm – 20:00pm

Providing affordable housing, offering free childcare, strengthening communities, growing and selling food, tackling homelessness. Coops in our city are doing all these things right now. With greater awareness and support we could do so much more.

The Cooperative Party secured the Labour Party's manifesto commitment to double the size of the cooperative sector and is generating ideas to fulfil this pledge. The Labour Party holds power on Oxford City Council and has a growing number of Co-operative and Labour councillors and co-operators. How can our council use its power and influence to support the local co-operative sector to grow?

Organsed by Oxfordshire Co-operative Party, this session will hear from councillors and co-operators and aim to generate new ideas that will help fulfil the aim of growing the size of the co-operative sector here in Oxford and around the county. Join members of Oxford’s coops, city councillors and Coop Party members for an informal evening to develop ideas.

Stir Magazine Launch: Housing Crisis to Housing Disaster?

Location: Makespace Oxford

Organiser: Stir to Action

Date: Sat 27th October – Time: 18:30pm – 21:30pm

The housing crisis is a growing phenomena that affects everyone. From the increasing issue of homelessness in the UK to the displacement of native communities in Malaysia due to deforestation, the housing crisis is an interconnected network of problems, people and place.

Join our panel discussion with Lucy Warin, Transition by Design, Fran Ryan, Oxfordshire Community Land Trust, and Shiasta Aziz, councillor for Rose Hill and Iffley Oxford to explore how alternative approaches to housing can unlock the creativity and energy of local people in addressing the housing crisis!

We'll have beer from Tap Social, a local craft beer. Places are free but you need to register to attend.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/stir-magazine-launch-housing-crisis-to-housing-disaster-tickets-50489121321

This event is part of Stir magazine's autumn series of launches for the publication of Co-operating out of Crisis.

Craftivism: The Art & Craft of Gentle Protest

Location: Makespace Oxford

Organiser: Community Action Group | Solidarity Economy Association 

Date: Thu 8 November – Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Ever wanted to make your activism more creative? Or use your crafting skills to create positive social change?
Then this workshop is for you...

Join us for a creative and engaging evening, where will we discuss, explore and practice the art of craftivism, along with some drinks, cakes and snacks.

'Craftivism' is a form of gentle protest that combines craft and activism and uses creative practices to communicate about the issues we care about in more effective ways. Inspired by Sarah Corbett, Craftivism is now a global movement of makers and activists, which you will be a part of after attending the workshop.

Hosted by Solidarity Economy Association and the Community Action Group project the evening will include an introduction to craftivism, a chance to explore what it means to us in our lives, and the opportunity to get creative and make some of our own little pieces of craftivism.

Book here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/craftivism-the-art-craft-of-gentle-protest-tickets-49545948265

Effective Communication in Community Groups

Location: Makespace Oxford

Organiser: Community Action Group | Navigate Cooperative

Date: Thu 1 November – Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Do you sometimes experience conflict or communication issues in your community group, social enterprise or organisation? Would you like to learn some useful tools to help you communicate more effectively, and turn conflict into collaboration?

In this workshop we will explore some key principles from Non Violent Communication (NVC) that can support us to communicate well and navigate conflicts, tensions or disagreements in helpful ways. NVC offers ways of relating and communicating that support understanding, connection, clarity and collaboration, and has been used around the world to create positive change in many different contexts.

About the Facilitator: Paul is a member of Navigate Cooperative, a collective of experienced trainers that facilitate meetings, run workshops and mediate conflicts for groups and organisations working towards social and environmental justice across the UK. Paul has been studying NVC and related processes for over 8 years, using it in his work as a mediator, facilitator and trainer across the UK and Europe.

Book here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/effective-communication-in-community-groups-tickets-49547741629

Understanding Power & Privilege

Location: Makespace Oxford

Organiser: Community Action Group | Navigate Cooperative

Date: Tue 23 October – Time: 6:00pm – 8:30pm

Different power dynamics and forms of privilege play out in our groups, communities, and businesses all the time, and are often linked to our race, class, gender or other aspects of our identity. Power and privilege shows up in different ways and may be expressed as which person feels most confident to speak in your team meetings, in the difference in pay or amount of free time between members of your organisation, or in the language we use and who that connects with.

For anyone working to create a more just and sustainable world, and understanding of power and privilege is essential so that we can support more marginalised voices and create greater equality.

This workshop is for anyone who would like to gain a deeper understanding of how power and privilege might play out within their organisation or local community, how they may be able to challenge injustices and create more equality within their group, work or own lives.

About the facilitator: Kathryn is a member of Navigate Cooperative, a collective of experienced trainers that facilitate meetings, run workshops and mediate conflicts for groups and organisations working towards social and environmental justice across the UK. She has worked as a facilitator for over 13 years, and supported many groups and activists to explore and overcome power dynamics, oppression and conflict.

Book here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/understanding-power-privilege-tickets-49548526978

Community Business - Sustaining Local Assets

Location: Makespace Oxford

Organiser: Community Action Group | Plunkett Foundation

Date: Tue 16 October – Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm

This is an event for anyone wanting to find out more about communities running their local services and sustaining local assets.

Chris Cowcher, Head of Community Business at Plunkett Foundation will explore how community businesses are a fantastic option in rural and urban areas when it comes to keeping the local pub, shop, library or tearoom open.

Using a range of case studies of projects supported by the Plunkett Foundation, those attending this session will learn about different business models, how to finance them and adapting the business to best meet the needs of your community. The aim is that you will leave this event feeling inspired about what could work in your community – so come prepared with ideas and ambitions and together we can explore the first steps together.

Book here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/community-business-sustaining-local-assets-tickets-49901468636

Is a co-operative right for you?

Location: Makespace Oxford

Organiser: Community Action Group | Co-operatives UK

Date: Tue 9 October – Time: 5:30pm – 8:30pm

The sessions are for anyone interested in learning more about co-operatives, particularly enterprises and start-ups, as well as business advisers, researchers, community organisers and others who want to explore the co-operative option.

What will the day be about?
An interactive exploration of the history and application of the co-operative enterprise model; the many different types there are and their distinctive features and advantages relative to other models. It will:

Outline the opportunities that a co-operative business model offers community groups and businesses
Help groups already looking to start a business or organisation to determine whether the co-operative option is right for them
Help groups identify what further work is needed to do before you are able to register as a co-operative
What attendees will learn?
The wide range of different types of co-operative and the sectors they operate in
The advantages and distinctive features of the co-operative model
The factors that determine the most appropriate co-operative model for a given enterprise
The support available to co-operative start-ups and conversions

Book here: https://www.uk.coop/uniting-co-ops/events-calendar/co-operative-right-you-oxford-09-10-18

Using Social Media Effectively

Location: Makespace Oxford

Organiser: Community Action Group | Monchu

Date: Thu 4 October – Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Join us for a fun and fast paced workshop on how your organisation can thrive and drive impact online. Learn more about using Twitter, Facebook and other online tools effectively.

This is your chance to get hands on with your channels, share tactics, and have your questions answered by Ab Brightman, national communications manager for Student Hubs.

About the trainer: Ab Brightman has been training socially impactful groups on the tools and tactics they need to building truly engaging organisations and campaigns from the age of 17, when she set up her first mailing list as a volunteer. She has worked with political activists from Turkey to Oxford and is currently a digital communications freelancer with Monchu the National Communications Manager for Student Hubs.

Book here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/using-social-media-effectively-tickets-49549060574

EOF Hackspace Social Night

Location: Makespace Oxford

Organiser: EOF Hackspace

Date: Fri 19th October – Time: 7:30pm – 10pm

Join us for a light-hearted evening of refreshments and conversations with other makers. Bring your projects and show us what you're currently making; or come see what other EOF members are working on, or, just drop by to learn more about EOF!

Free to attend, no booking required, everyone is welcome.

How do we grow Oxford's co-operative sector?

Location: Makespace Oxford

Organiser: Oxfordshire co-operative party

Date: Thurs 15th November – Time: 18:30pm – 20:00pm

The housing crisis is a growing phenomena that affects everyone. From the increasing issue of homelessness in the UK to the displacement of native communities in Malaysia due to deforestation, the housing crisis is an interconnected network of problems, people and place.

Join our panel discussion with Lucy Warin, Transition by Design, Fran Ryan, Oxfordshire Community Land Trust, and Shiasta Aziz, councillor for Rose Hill and Iffley Oxford to explore how alternative approaches to housing can unlock the creativity and energy of local people in addressing the housing crisis!

We'll have beer from Tap Social, a local craft beer. Places are free but you need to register.
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/stir-magazine-launch-housing-crisis-to-housing-disaster-tickets-50489121321

This event is part of Stir magazine's autumn series of launches for the publication of Co-operating out of Crisis.

Stir Magazine Launch: Housing Crisis to Housing Disaster?

Location: Makespace Oxford

Organiser: Stir to Action

Date: Sat 27th October – Time: 18:30pm – 21:30pm

The housing crisis is a growing phenomena that affects everyone. From the increasing issue of homelessness in the UK to the displacement of native communities in Malaysia due to deforestation, the housing crisis is an interconnected network of problems, people and place.

Join our panel discussion with Lucy Warin, Transition by Design, Fran Ryan, Oxfordshire Community Land Trust, and Shiasta Aziz, councillor for Rose Hill and Iffley Oxford to explore how alternative approaches to housing can unlock the creativity and energy of local people in addressing the housing crisis!

We'll have beer from Tap Social, a local craft beer. Places are free but you need to register.
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/stir-magazine-launch-housing-crisis-to-housing-disaster-tickets-50489121321

This event is part of Stir magazine's autumn series of launches for the publication of Co-operating out of Crisis.

Craftivism: The Art & Craft of Gentle Protest

Location: Makespace Oxford

Organiser: Community Action Group | Solidarity Economy Association

Date: Thu 8 November – Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Ever wanted to make your activism more creative? Or use your crafting skills to create positive social change?
Then this workshop is for you...

Join us for a creative and engaging evening, where will we discuss, explore and practice the art of craftivism, along with some drinks, cakes and snacks.

'Craftivism' is a form of gentle protest that combines craft and activism and uses creative practices to communicate about the issues we care about in more effective ways. Inspired by Sarah Corbett, Craftivism is now a global movement of makers and activists, which you will be a part of after attending the workshop.

Hosted by Solidarity Economy Association and the Community Action Group project the evening will include an introduction to craftivism, a chance to explore what it means to us in our lives, and the opportunity to get creative and make some of our own little pieces of craftivism.

Book here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/craftivism-the-art-craft-of-gentle-protest-tickets-49545948265

Effective Communication in Community Groups

Location: Makespace Oxford

Organiser: Community Action Group | Navigate

Date: Thu 1 November – Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Do you sometimes experience conflict or communication issues in your community group, social enterprise or organisation? Would you like to learn some useful tools to help you communicate more effectively, and turn conflict into collaboration?

In this workshop we will explore some key principles from Non Violent Communication (NVC) that can support us to communicate well and navigate conflicts, tensions or disagreements in helpful ways. NVC offers ways of relating and communicating that support understanding, connection, clarity and collaboration, and has been used around the world to create positive change in many different contexts.

About the Facilitator: Paul is a member of Navigate Cooperative, a collective of experienced trainers that facilitate meetings, run workshops and mediate conflicts for groups and organisations working towards social and environmental justice across the UK. Paul has been studying NVC and related processes for over 8 years, using it in his work as a mediator, facilitator and trainer across the UK and Europe.

Book here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/effective-communication-in-community-groups-tickets-49547741629

Understanding Power & Privilege

Location: Makespace Oxford

Organiser: Community Action Group | Navigate

Date: Tue 23 October – Time: 6:00pm – 8:30pm

Different power dynamics and forms of privilege play out in our groups, communities, and businesses all the time, and are often linked to our race, class, gender or other aspects of our identity. Power and privilege shows up in different ways and may be expressed as which person feels most confident to speak in your team meetings, in the difference in pay or amount of free time between members of your organisation, or in the language we use and who that connects with.

For anyone working to create a more just and sustainable world, and understanding of power and privilege is essential so that we can support more marginalised voices and create greater equality.

This workshop is for anyone who would like to gain a deeper understanding of how power and privilege might play out within their organisation or local community, how they may be able to challenge injustices and create more equality within their group, work or own lives.

About the facilitator: Kathryn is a member of Navigate Cooperative, a collective of experienced trainers that facilitate meetings, run workshops and mediate conflicts for groups and organisations working towards social and environmental justice across the UK. She has worked as a facilitator for over 13 years, and supported many groups and activists to explore and overcome power dynamics, oppression and conflict.

Book here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/understanding-power-privilege-tickets-49548526978

Community Business - Sustaining Local Assets

Location: Makespace Oxford

Organiser: Community Action Group | Plunkett Foundation

Date: Tue 16 October – Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm

This is an event for anyone wanting to find out more about communities running their local services and sustaining local assets.

Chris Cowcher, Head of Community Business at Plunkett Foundation will explore how community businesses are a fantastic option in rural and urban areas when it comes to keeping the local pub, shop, library or tearoom open.

Using a range of case studies of projects supported by the Plunkett Foundation, those attending this session will learn about different business models, how to finance them and adapting the business to best meet the needs of your community. The aim is that you will leave this event feeling inspired about what could work in your community – so come prepared with ideas and ambitions and together we can explore the first steps together.

Book here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/community-business-sustaining-local-assets-tickets-49901468636