The Radical Empathy Jam's aim is to bring together people who are passionate about social and environmental change in Manchester by meeting once a month in an informal setting to talk about current issues affecting our country, as well as to organise specific actions to address them. Another aim is to bring creative & passionate people who have useful skills together with people who already have established social enterprises / startups, or people who have a good idea they want to develop but need some more team members / hands to help them with their project.
Things we will be doing: pitching projects at each other, raising awareness, blogging, fundraising, networking, feeding the homeless, raising awareness, filming documentaries, making petitions, educating others, etc.
"Empathy is the art of stepping imaginatively into the shoes of another person, understanding their feelings and perspectives, and using that understanding to guide your actions. Making the effort to look through other people's eyes can be personally challenging – and sometimes deeply exhilarating – but it also has extraordinary potential as a force for social change."
I want to bring people with useful or creative skills and pair them up with others who have an idea or a project in the making. This is a group for anyone interested in making a difference in their community in Manchester or throughout the UK. Topics will vary from Feminism, Homelessness, Green Living / Sustainability, Upcycling, Climate Change, Social Activism, Gender Equality, Education, Politics and anything you'd like to push a campaign for. The whole point of this group is not only to discuss, but to take action and create awareness about all kinds of issues going on throughout the UK and in Manchester. To get people excited about making social change and equipping them with the right skills to do it. I think as a group of people with diverse skills, we can make more of a difference by applying those skills for social good.
No longer can we get on our hands and knees and beg the establishment for pittance. We as communities, we as people, must act together to combat these measures, measures which may not directly affect us but will affect people around us: vulnerable people with no chance of fighting back on their own. We want to provide a way that people and communities can work together to mobilise and help one another.
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