Tlalana's Colloquium is an event in which groups that are participating in the Tlalana Network are able to exchange the most important ideas of the projects in their communities that they implement. Tlalana's 2013 symposium was held from 25 to 27 October in Mexico City , and was attended by 42 persons from 5 different states representing 12 different youth groups.
Some of the things that were achieved in this symposium can be summarized as:
The event included the participation of two important groups in the logistics. On the one hand, the meetings were held within the space of My Green Residence (Mi Verde Morada), a project that aims to be a social laboratory for alternative ways of living with environmental respect and people awareness. On the other hand, the collective ItalRunners that promotes vegan food prepared and served meals. Both groups made the event possible and more comfortable in terms of food and space, while at the same time it helped them to spread the word about their projects and share their experiences with other participants.
The groups that were part of the symposium are:
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From February 18th to May 13th we trained young volunteers for 40 hrs using theoretical-practical sessions.
With this, now Tlalana has 10 new facilitators trained on subjects like building collective knowledge, skills for a living, popular education, social development, human rights and collaborative projects. This was the 3rd year in a row that the training is executed with outstanding results.
As Rubí -one of the current volunteers that is now part of Tlalana's facilitaror- explains: “the most significant learning achievements are related to identifying some concepts such as social development, assistencialism, paternalism, facilitators, promoters…”
Another new facilitator tells her experience: “For me it was about acquiring knowledge but also learning from others, though dialogues with peers I have seen that there are different ways of understanding development”
This process has allowed us to go out on field work, applying what was learned and ensuring constant training and exchange of experiences in order to build strong local promoters capable of improving their environment.
An example of this is Cristina, who took the course and that works in low income neighbourhoods of Mexico City. Within the collective named Secuoyas, Cristina promotes street art as a tool for consciousness and organization.
We will keep you updated with the work being done by new members in the team and of course the forthcoming activities like Tlalan's colloquim and the Seminary for communal practices for education and self-management.
Tlalana has evolved over several years working uninterruptedly. Some groups of those who have been trained have followed successful processes and others are gone, but we have always left a mark on the way young individuals participate in any project they proposed. Right now, in different ways and with different intensity, we are working with the following groups:
Café cultural / Slam de poesía [Located in Tlalpan, Mexico City] The Cultural Coffee Cooperative Society and the Community Radio Cooperative - Radio Camote XHRCrew, promote conscious poetic literacy. By communicating through the living word (poetry) they send a message for the conservation and restoration of cultural identity based on community and cooperation principles. With the use of poetry the aim of radio is to promote the free speech rights within contemporary literature reinforcing the link between the public and the author. www.fb.com/RadioCamoteXHRC
Chante de Todos [Located in Cuajimalpa, Mexico City] Cultural center born in July 2009 in San Mateo Tlaltenango from the need to build places of encounter and exchange between young people. This place serves to create, express and disseminate culture, and has begun to promote art-related activities, health, education, ecology and sports. In addition, another goal of our organization is related to recover public spaces such as streets, parks and forests (which are part important in our context). www.fb.com/chante.detodos, http://elchantedetodos.wordpress.com
Dkaya Ybaku [Located in Cuicatlán, Oaxaca] The group consists of local young people, interested in preserving the environment by recycling PET. Arguing that township residents have the responsibility and obligation to participate in the conservation of the natural environment in which they live, one of its main objectives is to decrease the amount of waste Cuicatlán strips to landfill located on the banks of the Rio Grande, which is in poor condition. This raises awareness and promotes collection of PET and other recyclable materials to then process it appropriately to be used again as raw material in various processes. www.fb.com/DkayaYbaku, www.dkayaybaku.org
Enchúlame la Bici [Located in Cuauhtemoc, Mexico City] is a communal workshop dedicated to recycle, modify and build customized bikes, teaching basic mechanical maintenance, organizing urban tours and provide advice to urban cyclist. It works under a cooperative model and alternative economy based on solidarity and exchange of work. www.fb.com/enchlame.la.bici
Hydra [Located in Aguascalientes, Aguascalientes.] Is made up of young people from Insurgents neighbourhood who are passionated about music and are interested in defending and spreading urban cultures. They have mounted a printing workshop with original designs and have opened a space for new talents to record songs and improve their skills by sharing experiences with other artists of Aguascalientes.
Jchulmetik [Located in San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas] is a group of women interested in promoting reading habits in children.
La voz de la juventud: ideas, proyectos y desarrollo [Located in Maltrata, Veracruz] Is a group of women form Xúchitl community, located on the slopes of Pico de Orizaba. Their goal is to create a meeting place for young people, while generating new productive options for them, this will be innitiated by opening an cyber-coffee.
Obreras insumisas [Located in Tehuacan, Puebla] Female workers, mostly indigenous, with the interest in other women dressmakers from sweatshops learn and defend their human, labor, and community rights. They are currently in the process of forming a cooperative. www.fb.com/pages/Colectivo-Obreras-Insumisas/260936959820?ref=ts&fref=ts, http://colectivoobrerasinsumisas.blogspot.com/
Quetzalli-Cuauhtenco [Located in Milpa Alta, Mexico City] Collective composed mostly by mothers, who are willing to generate employment and food supply chains through the construction of a greenhouse in San Bartolome Xicomulco.
Semillas [Located in Tlahuac, Mexico City] Collective who were trained in Milpa Alta Mixquic but actually works in Tlahuac to create a community center where women and children from 45 days old to 4 years old can participate in early learning activities. With workshops and talks that allow women to develop skills and abilities. The ultimate goal is to teach arts and crafts to enable the inhabitants of Mixquic to have a source of employment.
Taller Guadalupe Peralta DHS [Located in Aguascalientes, Aguascalientes.] Composed by young people from the Guadalupe Peralta neighbourhood who are interested in setting up an urban garden. In addition, activities and events are organized aiming to keep youth away from drugs and violence and promote the culture of peace in their neighborhood.
Taller juguemos a imaginar [Located in Xochimilco, Mexico City] is dedicated to give free summer courses for children near the neighborhood of Santa Cecilia.
Textiles de Hueyapan [Located in Tetela del Volcan, Morelos] Collective in training process that aims to develop projects to promote the arts and crafts tradition in Hueyapan, Morelos. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6y1hcv_E0MQ
We move forward slowly with firm steps, creating a network in which the young people are linked together, are identified, trained and specialize with the help of digital media and the union of wills: the Tlalana network.
As part of the 2012 second semester, we held the first Tlalana Symposium in Mexico City from October 19th to the 21st. Several collectives attended the call from different cities such as Aguascalientes (Aguascalientes), Tehuacán (Puebla), Cuicatlán (Oaxaca), San Cristobal de las Casas (Chiapas) and different delegations from Mexico City. A total of 42 people that currently participate in “Tlalana: Self-Management & Youth” attended the event, either as facilitators, promoters, co-advisers or other individuals lending their support to the project in various ways.
The aim of the colloquium was to build, from different points of view, the identity of the Tlalana Network. The event served as a starting point to identify our coincidences as young people that build local organized groups to improve our environment.
From the feedback given by the participants and the development of the activities we consider the objectives were met and we are ready to initiate activities that reinforce the links between all actors in the network achieving greater regional impact.
In addition, the new Tlalana Network Platform, an online social network space for training, meeting and exchanging of experiences, was officially presented to the public. In the coming days you will find the report of the symposium, as well as images and videos for the event in our web site.
This year Tlalana began working in the state of Aguascalientes, in western Mexico, and in Milpa Alta, a semi-rural area in Mexico City, while continuing with the groups with which we had already been working.
Tlalana Aguascalientes comprises two collectives of promoters of different ages, from different neighborhoods and with different interests, but sharing the same goal: to work and carry out projects that impact positively on their community. "La Hydra" Community Radio is made up of young people from the colony of Insurgentes, in Aguascalientes, who love music and who are interested in defending and spreading urban cultures. On the other hand, a few miles away there is the collective "Taller Guadalupe"
In Milpa Alta, other collectives have been formed in the villages of San Bartolomé Xicomulco, San Pedro Actopan, Villa Milpa Alta and Tecómitl. The first of these is made up of 6 women. This group is about to be consolidated due to the constancy of these women, who have not given up and decided to make a significant difference in their community. Xicomulco is a small group but high in spirit and enthusiasm for seeing their village renewed. The second task force is gathered in Tecómitl, made up of young people from several nearby communities such as San Pedro Actopan and Villa Milpa Alta. The Tecómitl group formally began the training sessions on May 26th. Since then we have been recurrently assisted by five young people with whom we have managed to carry out four training workshops.
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