Date:23 Jun 2018 - 11:30 – 15:00 BST

The Rojava Revolution taking place in Northern Syria is transitioning the region into a gender equal, and democratic society, based on communes, co-operatives and citizen committees. The movement is rebuilding society based on three fundamental pillars – direct democracy, ecology, and women’s liberation – and co-operation plays a crucial role.

The Solidarity Economy Association (SEA) are urging UK co-ops to support this movement, and are offering free workshops, as part of their Co-operation in Mesopotamia project, to help those interested to find out more. The free workshops will take place during Co-operatives Fortnight – the annual event promoting the difference that co-ops make to people’s lives all around the world.

For the Brighton event, SEA are partnering with the Free University Brighton. The Free University Brighton is a cooperative, community-led organisation that provides and promotes free educational events across the City of Brighton & Hove, including degree level ‘Freegree’s in Social Sciences & Humanities and Philosophy. Their aim is to grow an alternative education system that benefits us all, whoever we are, whatever our financial means.

The event will include a presentation of the historical background to the region and participatory workshop and discussions to help co-operators get a better understanding of the challenges and opportunities our fellow co-operators in Northern Syria are facing. The workshops will be delivered by project co-ordinator Jo Taylor, who has just returned from her second visit to the region, and will include a number of ways for UK co-ops to support the movement, for example by becoming a ‘sister co-operative’.

The workshops are free to attend but places will be very limited, so please make sure you reserve a space.

As part of the events, we’ll also be sharing the first version of the project’s new website, relaunched to make it easier to search the 250+ articles we’ve collated and translated on the co-operative economy in Rojava and Bakur (eastern Turkey).