Craftivist Collective

Gentle Protest: find out about Craftivism and intimate activism at ECF Europe

The issue

If we want a world that is beautiful, kind and fair, shouldn’t our activism be beautiful, kind and fair? Craftivist collective's Gentle Protest approach aims to change the world with deliberate, thoughtful actions that provoke reflection and respectful conversation instead of aggression and division.

We're delighted to welcome award-winning activist Sarah Corbett to join us at ECF Europe. As well as introducing her unique approach to Craftivism (craft + activism) in a short 'Ignite' talk, you can engage with her 'Gentle Protest' approach during the event.

Intimate Activism: how to be critical friends rather than aggressive enemies

In this 70m 'teach in' session on Friday afternoon, Sarah will share successful case studies from the global Craftivist Collective of how activism (using craft) can help to change hearts, minds, business policies and laws in quiet, small and encouraging ways. Drawing on neuroscience, positive psychology, the power of our five senses and more; learn how activism can create intimate spaces for understanding, intimate connections and intimate conversations that lead to long term real change. Intrigued? No craft skills needed, just an open mind and an open heart.

Handcrafted embroidered letter to MP

Changemakers Retreat space

Ever been to a conference and felt overwhelmed by all of the information heading your way? Need time and space to think deeply through how you can bring all of this new learning into your work when you get back to your job? The Craftivist Collective is offering a quiet, interactive and positive drop-in Retreat space for you to drop-in to on Friday to:

  • Rest your mind, body and soul after soaking up lots of important information
  • Reflect on the content covered at this un-conference
  • Then Reconnect with how to implement your new learning into your work to help you become the most effective and sustainable campaigner you can be in our complex, fragile world.

The Retreat will be open on Friday all day (except during the Teach In Session) in Atelier 2 for you to drop in when you choose.

Craft and reflection activities

Sarah Corbett

Sarah Corbett is an award-winning activist, author and Ashoka Fellow. She grew up in a low-income area of the UK into an activist family and is now the founder of the global Craftivist Collective providing craftivism (craft + activism) products and services for individuals, groups and organisations to be effective craftivists using her ‘gentle protest’ methodology. Sarah’s work has helped change government laws, business policies as well as hearts and minds. She is also the author of How To Be A Craftivist: the art of gentle protest, now available in paperback.