Hannah Rollins, Kiran Nihalani and Peroline Ainsworth are founding members of Skills Network, a women's cooperative in South London which has brought together women with widely different experiences, many at the sharp end of inequality. Skills Network seeks to challenge stories and policies that entrench inequality and poverty through non-hierarchical working practices, participatory research and striving to learn from each other as equals.
By Hannah Rollins, Kiran Nihalani, Peroline Ainsworth, Open Democracy
In 2017 we reported on the work we’ve been doing with the Skills Network in south London to nurture less siloed communities in the context of the post-Brexit debate. Reactions to that article encouraged us to go one step further in deepening our learning with other groups trying to build collective forms of support and social justice. For most people divisive rhetoric isn’t new; they’ve been developing ways to counter it for years.