Activist Ashram Application

Bringing together a collective of activists, community leaders, organizers, bloggers artists & those creating the post-capitalist world

Peace Comrades,

Thank you for your interest in /The Rules 2015 Activist Ashram. The application period is now closed. Please read the below for more information and stay tuned to the /The Rules website & social media pages for updates coming soon.

/The Rules is about to launch a year-long Activist Ashram for organizers & activists on the frontline against neoliberal capitalism. We are looking for five candidates with a focus on the Global South. Our intent is to bring together a collective of activists, community leaders, organizers, bloggers artists & other deserters of the capitalist system to join the global organizing narratives & alternatives, whilst remaining grounded in their local actions & work. This is a process that is due to run from February 2016 to February 2017.

The Activist Ashram will be anchored in:

  1. the expansion of a constellational world view for sight of how all oppression is connected as well as exploring where the key acupressure points in the neoliberal system are (through systemic analysis, relevant case studies, theories etc.)
  2. enhancement of tools of expression (through meme spreading, political writing, research, citizen journalism, artivism etc.)
  3. building on tactical repertoire (through sharing organizing tactics and strategies, engaging people’s power, tech security etc.)
  4. valuing holistic activism and the spiritual aspects of being in the struggle (e.g. Original Wisdom from Indigenous Communities, meditation, yoga and ayurvedic principles, how to avoid activist burnout etc.).

The most frequently asked questions about the Ashram can be found here.

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Trump: Join us in connecting the dots

The election of Donald Trump has left millions, maybe even billions of us in shock. Although we may be looking with bewilderment at the US today, we should remember that he is not an isolated phenomenon. He is a symptom of a sickness that is raging all around the world. People are hurting, disillusioned with mainstream politics and increasingly angry at a neoliberal economic system that is destroying lives and the planet with increasing ferocity. And in their desperation they are willing to consider extreme measures to make themselves heard.

Demagogues thrive amid fear and insecurity, which is why they paint the world in such dark terms. It’s a strategy that has put right-wing populist leaders in power in an Axis of Egos: from Brazil to Turkey, the Philippines to Russia, authoritarian strongmen like Trump are on the rise. Meanwhile, many centrist liberals, like the Democratic Party in the US, have been so intent on rejecting left-wing populist solutions, and so sure of their ability to beat anyone running on a white supremacy platform with its misogyny and homophobia, that they opened the door for Mr. Trump to walk straight through. Their preference is always to maintain the status quo that has served them so well.

As dangerous as the election of Trump is for the world, we can also see in this moment the truth that we simply cannot rely on the electoral political system to save us, because it is designed to prevent the fundamental change we need. Its own survival is at stake and it will marshal all its champions and resources to defend itself and stop the emergence of a new system. But when we work, or continue working for change from the ground up; when we build or keep on building new ways of living and being with each other where we live; when we construct or keep constructing the future we know is possible with our own hands, rather than hoping distant leaders will build it for us, we find our true power. Finally, when we combine that with the unbending hope that has powered change through the ages, we know our power has meaning.

A 400-year-old economic system is dying and another is struggling to be born. Change on this scale is not going to be smooth or easy. We should not be surprised, then, that moments like this — where the establishment is dealt a body blow — become more and more common. We can despair when that blow comes in the form of right-wing extremists, or we can step-up. We are the ones we are looking for, who can and must grasp the opportunities in these crises that are undoubtedly there.

So it’s time to come together, taking time to remember the earth. Remember all the successful struggles for justice that came before us, and imagine all those to come. Remember that social movements are growing all over the world and realising the common struggle. Remember life. Then, organise. Find each other and help midwife the inevitable transition that brings forth from the ashes of neoliberal capitalism a system that works for the good of all life on Mother Earth. This is not just activism; this is our responsibility as human beings alive as this all unfolds.

This is why we are here.