Touch and Politics

Alessandro Pedori (Alex)
German / English

The spirit of a late night chat with good friends, but more focused, pragmatic, and open to all. A Relationship Cookbook is an embodied, semi-structured conversation about challenging topics; a somewhat different way to communicate in a group, with the help of non-verbal hand signals and time boxing, to allow us to gather and talk intelligently with each other and not at each other. It is facilitated with tools from unconferences, Open Space Technology, Occupy assembly hand signals, and other systems.

Part workshop on how to communicate in a group AS a group, part conversation about the content. This Relationship Cookbook will be about Touch and Politics:
What’s the interaction between what we do with our bodies, to our and other bodies, and the social body out there? Do we have a duty to change the world, just to resist unwanted change, or…what?
Every conversation will have a maximum of 35-40 people. It is a dialogue, the wildest ideas could be discussed, while our physical bodies will be mostly sitting and talking, with just a bit of non-verbal signalling (there is the rest of Xplore for acting out and wild).