Introduction to Design Elements
These design elements have been collated from ideas from the UK Creative Circle and gathered from actions seen all across the movement.
Have a look around, get inspired, you can chop and change anything on this actions menu to tailor it to be more relevant to local issues in your area.
Ideas for getting started
We are all crew. This means the rebellion starts with you, we are all part of the team and we find ways so that everyone can be included. If you don’t have a local group, then make one. We just get stuck in and learn on the job! All you need is the willingness to create change.
We are decentralised. This means there is no hierarchy. You don’t need to ask permission to instigate taking action and getting started on your idea or group. As long as it fits with our Demands and Principles and Values, it's a go!
Here Comes Everyone. Our current strategy is about gaining a wider spectrum of support. We are encouraging you to think local and also expand outwards to groups outside of your usual circles. This could involve engaging with different religious groups, BPOC (Black and People of Colour) and LGBT+ groups.
TOP TIPS for engaging with different communities outside your own:
- Try to leave your preconceived notions about different cultures and identities at the door. Many marginalised groups are the victims of the mainstream media and harmful stereotypes, just as members of XR are also.
- Engaging with different communities may involve learning more about their values, culture, terminologies before engaging. This will ensure we are being respectful and culturally sensitive.
- If you don’t know, ask. Never assume! A step to making connections with other groups might involve hiring their space at a local community centre for example: Quaker House, Church hall, Gymkhana and Islamic Centres.
- Showing up to other groups' events, without co-opting, can also bring genuine connections and express solidarity. A step further would also be offering to help their community, behind the scenes, away from the public eye.
- Sharing resources such as art materials or even volunteers can also be a way of bridging divides and making meaningful connections.
- You could invite other community groups to have their own stall for their group at your event. This will encourage dialogue and show that you care for what they have got to say, as opposed to tokenism.
- If a group does not want to engage with XR for whatever reason, we must listen to this and take their no with respect. There are very real and valid reasons why certain communities may not wish to engage with XR, such as visits from the police.
We recommend always having ‘Know Your Rights Training’, before taking part in actions. Some actions will have alterations you can make to make it more or less spicy if you want to. That being said, we know that you don’t need an action to be spicy to be impactful! We have designed this menu for all levels of participation, including children.
🌶️Sweet - Low risk actions that are unlikely to lead to arrest.
🌶️🌶️Mild - Medium risk actions that may or may not lead to arrest.
🌶️🌶️🌶️Hot - Higher risk actions that are likely to get you arrested.