Feedback from LaDIYfest 2011

At the end of Saturday’s events we held a feedback session to swap ideas about what did and didn’t quite work about LaDIYfest Sheffield 2011. It gave us plenty to think about and we decided that a few weeks before the first meeting for LaDIYfest 2012 would be a good time to share it with you.

Take a look and see whether you agree or disagree with any of these and feel free to add more in the comments. New ideas are especially welcome and we hope to see lots of new faces at the meeting who might not have made it to the first LaDIYfest!

  • Some people suggested that an introductory session on ‘what is feminism?’ might be useful for those who are unfamiliar with it or have little experience of feminist activism. Other people liked the idea of a session of feminist history.
  • More breaks! I think this is something we will definitely be including next time.
  • A workshop at the start of the day on how to talk in public.
  • More small group discussions to allow less confident people to speak.
  • More opportunities to talk together and discuss presentations with speakers – some workshops could have been more interactive.
  • People wanted to see more of the workshops that allowed you to think about gender in everyday life and relate what you were hearing about to your own experiences.
  • People felt positively towards having a physical activity like kickboxing at the start of the day.
  • There were various suggestions of new topics to include, like feminism and art, gender in film. Perhaps we could have a ‘media day’?
  • Others suggested holding workshops on childcare and the choice of whether to have or not have children.
  • Some people wanted LaDIYfest to have a more explicitly anarchist/anticapitalist stance, although others were concerned to make sure the festival continued to feel welcoming for people who are less engaged by these aspects of feminism.
  • Lots of positive feedback on the Hollaback West Yorkshire street harassment workshop.
  • There was a lot of discussion about how to attract more men to LaDIYfest and to feminism in general. Some suggested that it was men’s responsibility to take feminism seriously and not our duty to change ourselves to appeal to them. One person said that it would make him feel better to know how we were defining ‘feminism’ at LaDIYfest. It was suggested that we hold a workshop specifically about men and feminism.
  • People reacted positively towards the idea of workshop afternoons looking at popular topics in more depth.
  • It was suggested we need to think about childcare provision plans for the next event.

And that’s it!

We hope to see you at the first meeting of 2012, which will be Weds February 8th at 6:30. Venue TBC.

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