Radical Space Round Table Discussion

I would like to facilitate a discussion for those involved with radical spaces in Florida and the southeast. I see this as a chance for members of infoshops, show spaces, community centers, collective spaces, cafes, free stores, etc. to come together and discuss pertinent issues. These include but are not limited to maintaining a safe space, dealing with authoritarian forces, non-profit status, and fundraising. It also serves as a place for those involved in these types of spaces to meet each other and create support networks. After the Kickstand, a bicycle collective in Gainesville, lost its physical space this past Summer, the necessity for collectives to support each other became apparent. There are always issues of finding funding to stay open, squats closing, volunteers flaking out, trust issues, leases, mortgages, gentrification, diversity, taxes, police, etc. I see this as an opportunity for participants in radical spaces to share knowledge and problem solve together, and also an informative event for those wishing to create a new radical space. I hope it will inspire us to improve and expand our radical spaces and create new ones that more completely fill community needs. Each of us has a wealth of knowledge and by sharing it we can grow stronger together. I will start the discussion by introducing myself as a member of the volunteer- and collectively-run record store, community center, and show space, Wayward Council in Gainesville, FL, after which the other attendees will introduce themselves and their respective spaces. Then it will be an open discussion about any issues people feel are relevant. I see this as an opportunity for participants in radical spaces to share knowledge and problem solve together. I will facilitate the discussion by introducing topics if the pace slows and keeping the discussion on point and in a positive direction.
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GDC
Presenter
Alexis Kohilakis