Deep Adaptation: Shift and Signal School


Shift and Signal School

Wednesday 16 – Friday 18 May 2018

The Shift and Signal School is three days of workshops, sharing, live recordings, and celebration of our commitment to work together for a flourishing future.

Shift and Signal is a commission by Dr Alex Lockwood, that creates a space in which to imagine how we can go deeper in our adaptations to the crises of the contemporary moment such as social inequality, climate change, and species extinction. The project is an attempt to shift us beyond the usual stuck conversations about how we implement change, and signal towards better ways of living that are now appearing.

Shift and Signal began as a series of audio narratives and explorations of our outer and inner spaces of living, a way to think deeply about our adaptations to climate change and the anxieties it brings. The project has quickly evolved, especially through connections with co-participants in creating the podcast narratives, and with those who’ve helped bring it to life on shared walks around our city. Building on this, we wanted to broaden and deepen the opportunities for talking, engaging and collaborating.


Shift and Signal School – Events Programme:


Wednesday 16 May


1_ss_nasty-womenNasty Women Presents… Making a Young Person’s Feminist Arts Magazine
10am – 1pm
The NewBridge Project: Gateshead
This workshop with curators Michaela Wetherell and Lady Kitt is for 10-11 year old girls and young women, to define what they would want to see in an arts magazine made for and by them.


2_sswayra-for-nonhuman-writing-workshop-squareWriting and Making the Nonhuman as a Way to Face Climate Change
2 – 4pm
The NewBridge Project: Gateshead
Laura Coleman and Alex Lockwood will run a workshop for writers and makers to explore how we can refigure our relationship with the nonhuman world through creative practice, as a means of coming face-to-face with the crises of climate change.


3_ss_climate-minds-b-cc-takverClimate Minds Workshop with Julia Macintosh and Steve Thorp
5 – 6.15pm
The NewBridge Project: Gateshead
This workshop will look at the way we think and feel about climate change and what it means for all of us. The Climate Minds initiative aims to encourage conversations and creative responses to the crisis. The workshop will explore some of the questions and tools needed for this.


4_ss_climate-minds-aLaunch of unpsychology magazine 4: Climate Minds
6.30 – 8pm
The NewBridge Project: Gateshead
unpsychology magazine responds to themes of psychology, soul-making and ecology. The Climate Minds issue will be published spring 2018. Editors Julia Macintosh and Steve Thorp will launch the magazine and be joined by writers who will read from their work on the night.


Thursday 17 May

5_ss_louisa-rogers-trendlistrReimagining Reuse: Is how and what we see as vintage fashion changing?
10 – 11am
Green Room, Ampersand Inventions
Louisa Rogers from online vintage marketplace Trendlistr will talk on the different strategies we can use to reinvent our relationships to clothing, to relinquish our cultural addictions to fast fashion and restore our faith in more long-lasting, creative and self-defined ideas of how we dress.


6_ss_tina-sikkaAn Intersectional Analysis of Geoengineering: Overlapping Oppressions and the Demand for Ecological Citizenship
11am – 12pm
Green Room, Ampersand Inventions
Dr. Tina Sikka looks at intersectionality, and the interaction between gender, race, and other categories of difference in individual lives, social practices, institutional arrangements, and cultural ideologies and the outcomes of these interactions in terms of power.


7ss_emma-caseyWomen and Consumption
12 – 1pm
Green Room, Ampersand Inventions
Dr. Emma Casey talks about women’s consumption, home cultures and the domestic economy. Her interest in domestic life stems from an ongoing commitment to readdressing the relative lack of prominence of sociological studies of women’s everyday lives and experiences.


8_ss_circular-economy-aCircular Economy Workshop with Catherine Weetman
2 – 4.30pm
The NewBridge Project: Newcastle
Circular approaches rethink product design, material choice and business models, helping reduce risk, increase productivity, enhance resilience and improve competitiveness. This workshop will be tailored especially for creative businesses and artists/makers.


img_1941Live Recording of Episode #8 of the Shift and Signal Podcast: Restore Humanity
5.30 – 7pm
Green Room, Ampersand Inventions
This live indoor recording is the final part of the series of podcasts, and invites people who have been involved, either through downloading and listening, sharing, coming on the guided walks, or anyone who wants to find out more, to participate in the final event.


Friday 18 May

10_ss_zero-waste-workshopZero Waste Workshop with Rehana Sara Jomeen

10am – 1pm
The NewBridge Project: Newcastle
In this workshop, activist Rehana Sara Jomeen will talk you through the principles and challenges of Zero Waste and provide hands-on activities to help you apply those practices in your own homes and lifestyles.


11_ss_friday-2pm-more-climate-b-cc-david-b-youngWhat are the (justified) reasons why we don’t do more about climate change?
2 – 4pm
The Bridge Hotel
Much has been made of the changes we need to make if we are to reduce the impact of climate change. But what about asking if there are real and justified reasons as to why we don’t act, or do more?


Springboard: What Next for Newcastle, Gateshead and Climate Change?
5.30 – 7.30pm
The NewBridge Project: Gateshead
This “springboard” event at the end of the programme will help us to move forward ideas and explore responses and possible actions that have been produced throughout Deep Adaptation. Come and join the team behind Deep Adaptation to work towards a statement of future intent for a more sustainable, resilient, community-led and flourishing region.




The Shift and Signal School is part of Deep Adaptation. An ongoing programme of commissions, talks, events and workshops looking at how current social, civic and economic issues can be understood in relation to climate change.

The Newbridge Project