“If you had a generation of children who grew up with a morality based on empathy rather than judgement, it would totally change the fabric of society.”
– Artemis D Bear, founder of The Garden
The first episode of Revillaging is here! I agonised over letting this loose into the world because I made a lot of technical errors but I reflected that that’s rather like gathering community. We can only learn to do it as we go along – what starts in the head must journey through the rest of us. It takes time.
In this episode, I chat with Artemis D Bear, founder of alternative education project The Garden, a democratic, self-determined community for children in Bristol. Artemis is also a parent, studying for a PGCE – so interfaces with the mainstream education system too – and has a background in environmental policy.
I thought this would be a great place to start the conversation around how we build community. Our own childhoods have led our society to the often fractured place it finds itself in. Changing the way we treat children has the potential to radically shift the culture, which is desperately needed as we look into an uncertain future.
We talk about, amongst other things:
- How we view children and what we can learn from them
- Understanding conflict as an opportunity
- What makes a community work
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