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Below is an exert from the report by KIN co-founder, Zahra Dalilah
The 2019 KIN convening was only made possible by the myriad of people who, months and years before we all found ourselves in that room in Manchester sat in a circle preparing to say our goodbyes, had opened
up a conversation about what magic could happen if you brought together activists and organisers from different movements, different countries and different walks of life to share. Share food, share stories, share ideas, share best practice. This idea became a team of people, this team of people grew, shrank, mutated, this team produced events, small, big, long short. After years of this one idea, months of planning this one event, weeks of last minute additions, changes of plans, and days spent together in this cold English city; how could we possibly honour the journeys - emotional, physical, spiritual - of those in that room as well as those who were not in that room but who were indispensable in making it what it was?
In facilitation we speak of ‘closing the space’ as an equally key part of the process as ‘opening the space’. These are terms used which speak to the intentionality with which we hope to enter and exit the meeting spaces. It is not just that we want to be together for a fleeting time and each present about the work - we come with the intention of connection, resonance, gratitude, growth and appreciation. As organisers and curators of the space we set this time aside to heed to these intentions, so that we are not only immersed in the content of the themed sessions but that we are also cognisant of the journey as we keep
making our along it. Time - it was true on this day - was not on our side during our last hour together as the
tyranny of the clock threatened the sanctity of the space we shared, the encroaching thought of trains and flight times pushing people’s minds out of the space, the rustling and crumpling disruption of those slipping out just in time.
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