The Spark has now been running for four years with support from the Economic Justice Project, a joint educational project organised by Jubilee Debt Campaign and People & Planet.
Last year, Spark experimented with a new model for organising the Spark after we recognised a number of imbalances in how our workshops were run, who for, on whose shoulders the responsibility of education fell and who this work was really serving. We went back to the drawing board to reimagine what a decentralised Spark could look like – one that recognised the plurality of voices, cultures and communities. In practice, this meant inviting community groups to share in the collective organising of the Spark and to collaborate on curating a day of learning and sharing of the issues and ideas that were relevant to them.
Now in its fifth year, the Spark is bursting from its cocoon to become an independent and autonomous project run by members of a voluntary organising group, many of whom have been part of the project from the first day. It is an exciting time for the project, which is one of few in the UK that aspires to be open, free, collaborative, intersectional and decolonial in its process and its output.
We’re not quite sure what the Spark is going to do next, but plans are slowly brewing, and if you get in contact with us (info @ thesparkspace.org), you can be part of the brewing too – otherwise, watch this space!