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Jul
29
Thu
General Collaborative Meeting
Jul 29 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Join us to learn more about how you can collaborate for legal system change. We are here to share what is going on, answer any questions you might have and deepen our explorations with you.

Jul
31
Sat
Introduction to Interconnected Law
Jul 31 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Next-Generation Masterclass

Introduction

There is a fundamental paradigm shift taking place in science and society to understand humanity holistically and ecologically. Despite this deeper understanding of ourselves and the interconnectedness of all life within our planetary system, our dominant legal and economic paradigms facilitate short-term profit and extraction over sustainability, focus almost exclusively on individual with little regard to social relationships, see Nature as a mere object to dominate and plunder and encourage self-interest instead of collaboration.

Without a deliberate re-engineering of our laws which underpin current social and ecological systems, the social and political change we need will not be possible.

This interactive masterclass is designed to introduce and explore a new legal paradigm: Interconnected Law. The underlying notion is that law should see society as a dense web of relationships, instead of a mass of individuals. This recognition can recast law’s role as about influencing and structuring these relationships, and ideally, improving them to be more just and harmonious. This approach is proposed as an alternative to the current paradigm which is individualistic and separates humans from the rest of Nature. Interconnected Law draws from Earth Jurisprudence, the relational approach to law, social ecology and systems theory.

In three (3) hours we will cover: the blended social and ecological problems which need addressing; understanding law relationally; how law is part of social and ecological crises; and how we should think about changing law as part of the transformation we need. Interconnected Law does not have all of the answers, but is a helpful conceptual framework for thinking about legal change. The Masterclass will provide opportunities for questions and discussion.

Who Should Attend & Key Benefits

The Interconnected Law Masterclass is relevant to anyone interested in better understanding law’s role in society and responding to the various crises we currently face. It will benefit lawyers, academics, policy makers, campaigners, activists and interested citizens.

  • Gain a deeper conceptual understanding of the role of law in society and its entanglement with current social and ecological crises.
  • Begin an exploration of deconstructing the underlying legal philosophy in the laws and legal frameworks in your niche area.
  • Understand a new legal paradigm: Interconnected Law which can inform new pathways for more just and regenerative governance.
Alex

Alex May, BA (Jurisprudence), LLM

Alex is an unique, emerging scholar in re-thinking the future of law. He has long been interested in working towards a more just society. Alex’s thesis is that our legal systems are an interwoven part of various systemic social problems and we must think about transforming them.

While studying his undergraduate degree at Oxford University, he came to the view that reform in particular policy areas is insufficient, and upon graduating he was awarded the Prize in Jurisprudence. He pursued this further in his Master’s course at the London School of Economics, thinking about how our legal system as a whole must be transformed, looking at Earth Jurisprudence and human rights theory in his dissertation.

Since graduating, Alex has been working on Interconnected Law as a side project and is now hoping to take it further as a PhD project. More can be found at www.interconnectedlaw.com and @IntConLaw on Twitter. He has worked as a legal research assistant and a Parliamentary Assistant for a Labour MP, has been involved in activist organising, and also practices and coaches parkour. Alex can be found at www.alexmay.co.uk or @alexjfmaizy on Twitter.

Aug
7
Sat
General Collaborative Meeting
Aug 7 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Join us to learn more about how you can collaborate for legal system change. We are here to share what is going on, answer any questions you might have and deepen our explorations with you.

Aug
26
Thu
General Collaborative Meeting
Aug 26 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Join us to learn more about how you can collaborate for legal system change. We are here to share what is going on, answer any questions you might have and deepen our explorations with you.

Sep
4
Sat
General Collaborative Meeting
Sep 4 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Join us to learn more about how you can collaborate for legal system change. We are here to share what is going on, answer any questions you might have and deepen our explorations with you.

Sep
25
Sat
Co-Creating Equitable Futures
Sep 25 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Next-Generation Masterclass

Introduction

Sometimes people can be timid about the change that they imagine is possible. They’ll say people aren’t ready for something, or it’s too hard to get something to change. They can often list why something is impossible. Pushing people’s imagination to the ‘far-out’ future helps them to think beyond the barriers that exist today. This sometimes also shows them the barriers to access that need to be eliminated today. Bringing people back to a nearer future, after they’ve dreamed of where they want to be many years out, gets them to be active about what can be done in the not-so-distant future.

In this workshop, participants will learn how to weave together concepts around co-creation, equity, and critical utopias, to design better futures for all. The focus will be on race, gender, and disability, but the aim of the workshop is to help the participant understand and learn to recognize any form of exclusion and to use co-design to strive for any form of equity.

The workshop will make the Critical Utopian Action Research (CUAR) theory accessible to the general public. It will show real and possible applications of this method in social and civic innovation in particular and will include sample activities to lead co-creation. This will be an interactive workshop involving a mix of mini-lectures, reflective individual activities, group discussions and brainstorming.

Who Should Attend & Key Benefits

The audience for this workshop would include people who want to use design thinking in social and civic innovation such as government officials, educators, activists, and organizers.

  • Use design methods centered in equity and collaboration 
  • Learn to apply CUAR theory to brainstorming around social problems and oppression 
  • Use design methods to co-create future visions and action plans
Lesley-Ann

Dr. Lesley-Ann Noel (Assistant Professor at North Carolina State University)

Lesley-Ann Noel is an Assistant Professor at North Carolina State University. She has a BA in Industrial Design from the Universidade Federal do Paraná, in Curitiba, Brazil. She has a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of the West Indies in Trinidad and Tobago. She earned her Ph.D. in Design from North Carolina State University in 2018.

Lesley-Ann practices design through emancipatory, critical and anti-hegemonic lenses,  focusing on equity, social justice and the experiences of people who are often excluded from design research. Her research also highlights the work of designers outside of Europe and North America as an act of decolonizing design. She also attempts to promote greater critical awareness among designers and design students by introducing critical theory concepts and vocabulary into the design studio e.g. through The Designer’s Critical Alphabet.

Lesley-Ann’s research interests are emancipatory research centered around the perspectives of those who would traditionally be excluded from research, community-led research, design-based learning, and design thinking. She practices primarily in the area of social innovation, education, and public health. She is co-Chair of the Pluriversal Design Special Interest Group of the Design Research Society. Before joining North Carolina State University, she was the Associate Director of Design Thinking for Social Impact at Tulane University, and she was a lecturer at Stanford University and the University of the West Indies.

Sep
30
Thu
General Collaborative Meeting
Sep 30 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Join us to learn more about how you can collaborate for legal system change. We are here to share what is going on, answer any questions you might have and deepen our explorations with you.

Oct
23
Sat
Resilience in Uncertain Times: The Art, Science & Practice of Breathwork
Oct 23 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Nov
20
Sat
Building Transcultural Empathy for System Change
Nov 20 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm