This weekend, I’m leaving my cold student house in Leicester, and heading up to my favourite city Manchester for People & Planet’s annual conference Shared Planet. My parents live near Manchester, and some of my friends are studying there so I tend to be in the City at least once a month, although usually for shopping and drinking rather than attending talks and MP panel debates!
I recently offered myself as a blog volunteer for P&P, but being new to the network I’m unsure of what to blog about. So I decided to go to Shared Planet to find out more about P&P campaigns. I know bits about P&P campaigns but have never seen them in action and am keen to find out all the details.
I’ve never been to an event like this before, so the idea of spending a weekend learning about politics and activism is a bit daunting, but I’m really looking forward to it. I’ve never campaigned on anything before but would really like to learn how. I don’t think much campaigning goes on at my uni so it would be good to have the skills and know-how to start a group.
I’ve booked myself onto workshops to learn about using media to campaign, a debate about women saving the world and, my favourite titled workshop, ‘craftivism’. The speakers sound amazing, and I’m especially looking forward to watching Pig Business on Sunday morning (despite the inevitable hangover).
I’ll write another blog after the event to let you know how it went. Hopefully see you there!