Kiran Nihalani and Peroline Ainsworth co-founded Skills Networkin 2011. Prior to this, Kiran worked in the third sector in frontline and campaigning roles. She is currently undertaking PhD research about small-scale, non-hierarchical models of creating welfare.
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.
By Peroline Ainsworth, Kiran Nihalani, Open Democracy
Simplistic versions of events can become entrenched, leaving us stuck in different silos. How can we become unstuck? How do we foster solidarity between people who could be allies for radical change but who view each other with suspicion and anger?