Power Shift: Training for Change 2017
A five day training open to all students who want to shift power from big business and elites to people who believe that another world is possible.
Power Shift was the most open and welcoming environment to be in. I came by myself, without any experience of campaigning, and left with so much knowledge, having met so many friendly and like-minded people, and confident enough to start up a People & Planet group at my university. I can’t recommend it enough!
Emily swain, Kent university
5-9 July 2017 at Giant's Seat Scout and Community Campsite, Off Ringley Road West, Radcliffe, Manchester, M26 1DY
Power Shift is a 5 day training camp that will bring together some of the most inspiring organisers in the UK. We hope to leave you powered up and charged to fight xenophobia, neoliberalism and climate injustice.
The right has gained considerable power over the last few years, and we’re running out of time to shift away from rule by elite power, towards justice. Join us this Summer to help create a power shift from a politics of division and persecution to a politics of solidarity.
2016 saw decades of neo-liberalism and xenophobia in communities and the media create Trump and Brexit victories. It was also the hottest year on record.Combined, these forces have devastating impacts for poor people, black, brown, indigenous people, women and nonbinary folk, and for millions of people in Central Asia, across the Horn of Africa, and in the Pacific who cannot protect themselves from the climate crisis that industrialised countries created in the first place.
How can we create a powerful politics of solidarity capable of winning change for climate, social and economic justice? This is the task of our generation. All over the world people are rising up against racism, economic exploitation and climate injustice. Banks, big business and elites are powerful. But together, we are more powerful.
Join students and organisations from across the UK and Ireland at Power Shift 2017 coming together to:
develop powerful strategies to win tangible change;
learn and share skills to take the fight for transformational change into every space; and
explore how we can create power beyond privilege and build movements of solidarity that take leadership from communities most impacted.
Day by Day
Wed 5 July: Join the Dots and Get Connected
What does it mean to win climate justice, workers’ rights and build a borderless world? Meet students from across the UK and Ireland, get connected and learn from one another.
Thurs 6 July: Winning a Just Transition
Fight in solidarity with communities resisting fossil fuel extraction, and build a movement with collective liberation at its heart.
Fri 7 July: Skill Up Rise Up
Develop strategic skills to mobilise students in support of workers rights globally. Campaign to win by building power and practical solidarity.
Sat 8 July: A Future Without Borders
Establish networks of solidarity between migrants and non-migrants post-Brexit. Challenge the media and the border industry.
Sun 9 July: Another World is Possible
What does a world without human and environmental destruction look like? How do we build movements that are led by the people most impacted by injustice?
Prices including breakfast, lunch and dinner for 5 days:
- Early Bird Tickets: £40
Purchase your ticket by Friday 16 June to get your discounted early bird ticket for £40
- Full Price: £48
For group bookings email: email@example.com
People & Planet cover the cost of hiring the venue and bringing awesome speakers together. Your ticket price covers the cost of food for your 5 days with us, and for a few post-it notes, markers and flip chart papers (and we get through a lot!). Bring cash for alcoholic drinks, if you drink (there will be a designated dry area at the site if you don’t).
People & Planet aspires to create events that are accessible for people of all backgrounds. We recognise the systemic injustices that contribute to a person's economic status and don't want anyone's financial situation to be a barrier to participating in Power Shift. That's why, if you fail to get funding from the SU, we're subsidising the costs of the event for people who wouldn't otherwise be able to attend.
If you are struggling to find the money for the ticket and travel to attend Power Shift, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Get funding from you SU
You can apply to your Student's Union to get money for tickets and travel for you and other members in your group. Here is a handy guide that explains how to do it.
How to get to the site
This year, we'll be setting up at the fabulous Giant's Seat Scout and Community Campsite, Off Ringley Road West, Radcliffe, Manchester, M26 1DY. If you are driving please contact us to book parking and you can't drive on to site.
To get the site by public transport:
Take the train to Manchester Piccadilly station. From there you'll need to take a the tram (line C to Bury) to Radcliffe, followed by a bus from Radcliffe Tram Station to Wood St. From the Wood St. stop, it's just a short 10 min walk down the road to the Giant Seat's Campsite.
The event runs from Wednesday 5 - Sunday 9 July 2017. Arrivals are from 4pm on Wednesday evening. We have a welcome session starting at 6pm on Wednesday, so you’ll have plenty of time tom get settled, set up your camp for the week and get to know a few people!We recommend arriving on Wednesday evening to meet everyone over dinner and games!
We’ll be packing up our tents from 1pm on Sunday, with the event ending at around 4pm on Sunday after an exciting action in Manchester!
If you've booked a weekend only ticket, you can arrive on Friday evening from 5pm onwards. The first workshop will start at 9am on Saturday morning. On Sunday the last workshop will run until 1pm, followed by our action that will finish by 5pm in Manchester.
Most of the accommodation space at the event is camping, so bring a tent, sleeping bag, roll mat and anything else you need to feel comfortable!
The venue does have a limited amount of dormitory space available, and we will have a dormitory designated solely for women and non-binary people. We want to prioritise those with access needs for our dormitory accommodation. Access needs could include, but are not limited: physical, mental or cultural.
If you want to apply for dormitory space, please write to us at email@example.com
Power Shift is fully catered, with breakfast, lunch and dinner all included in the ticket price. The food at the event is all vegetarian, with vegan and gluten-free options available. Bring a bit of extra cash for snacks and drinks! When booking, do let us know if you have any dietary requirements we should cater for.
The site is accessible, and we will seek to make reasonable adjustments for anyone who has concerns about site access. To discuss this in more detail, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What to bring
Tent, roll mat and sleeping bag
Hay fever tablets (it's a field -there's lots of grass) and any other medications needed
Warm clothes and waterproofs
Summer clothes, sun hat and sun-cream
Pen and paper
Soap and towel (hot showers are available)
Musical instruments for the evening
Cash for the tuck shop: delicious snacks and drinks available
Print out of directions to the site and our mobile phone number (this will be emailed to all attendees)
A talent for our infamous annual talent show
Any skills, strategies or ideas you want to share
Any medication you need.