“What makes you feel at home in New Cross?”
New Cross People’s Kitchen
Monday 17th of March 6pm – 9pm
At 178 Cafe, 178 New Cross Road, SE14 5AA
The NXPK is for the different people living in New Cross to come together, cook together, eat together, talk together and think how to live a good life together in New Cross.
We use food that would otherwise be thrown away to cook a vegetarian meal to share. This time we want to talk together about what makes us feel at home in New Cross?
The meal is free and children are welcome.
Everybody is invited.
Each table was dealing with the question “what makes us feel at home in New Cross” and with a specific topic: food, participation, creativity, housing, learning.
As an example here are the questions we used at the “learning” table:
1 What kind of learning makes you feel more at home in New Cross (or the place where you live)? Can you think of examples? It can be learning in schools or university, in the streets of New Cross, or learning by doing, learning without teachers… (examples: the poetry workshop, the new cross commoners, 385 queens road, the people’s kitchen itself)
2 What is your experience of learning in schools and universities, does or did this learning make / made you feel more at home in the place / neighbourhood where you live?
3 Do you have a secret desire related to learning? Learning what, and how? Together with whom? In which context? From what place?
(learning and the commons, knowledge as commons, not private nor public, is there anything we can organize as NXC, for example a visit in the neighbourhood?)
Make examples of collective learning in New Cross: what did you learn? What do you learn?
What can we learn outside schools and universities and how?
What are the places for learning in New Cross?
What would make it easier in New Cross to learn from each other?
What do we need to learn in New Cross?
What do you know about homeschooling in New Cross?
What can we learn from each other in New Cross and what for?
How to learn from our experiences of oppression and exploitation?
What would be a rebellious kind of learning in New Cross?
Is there any kind of “minor knowledge” (knowledge that is not professionalized) we could learn from in New Cross?
Learning through the poetry workshop, you don’t just learn about poetry, you talk with other people living in New Cross about everyday problems, but through a poetic register, you don’t learn just the subject matter but something that has to do with the place where we live.
Learning from how musicians pay attention to each other, listen to each other, tune into each other and take care of each other at the jam session of the New Cross Inn. They do that not just among themselves but also with other people who are not musicians and interrupt the session (example of poetry reading as part of a jam session).
In academia students are supposed to compete amongst each other and think about themselves and their success as individual students.
The difficult task of learning to communicate with middle class mothers in New Cross / Telegraph Hill when they talk about their prams and the stuff they buy for their babies.
We are all teachers and learning happens everywhere; we should discuss more the differences amongst each other; we should learn about who owns all the properties and why this is the case.
To learn more about gentrification and find a way to counter it starting from this people’s kitchen.