Following our successful program of food demonstrations run with Glasgow Life in libraries 2019 and online in 2020. Archive material, produced by us, is available throughout Glasgow libraries.
Some of our work is aimed at recent immigrants to Scotland. There is a program of videos and cook classes available through The Wee Retreat. These cover how to use a basic local ingredients available in shops across Glasgow.
Our approach, reverse-action publishing, starts with consumers as creators, and includes the many who are excluded from the power of publishing. As such we offer a vehicle for mutual aid and social justice and a powerful tool for learning, and for entrepreneurial and community development.
Reverse-action publishing can be a first step in establishing a social enterprise, or reinforcing an existing one. Examples are books we created to cement and progress commercial aims with East West Kitchen, Halifax; Suma Wholefoods, Elland; Aagrah Restaurants, Shipley, and El Piano, York.
Reverse-action publishing provides a focal point for joint working and team building, for awakening a common vision, for evoking creativity, for embedding existing skills and learning new ones. Participants develop a brief, collate and manage information, and build links with others. The process provides a gateway for diverse communities to enter the social conversation. The result grows self-esteem and is lasting evidence of participant involvement, which can then be used as a souvenir and/or a CV and/or a spur to develop the many skills learned to create it.
To publish we use means as various as talks, leaflets, websites, exhibitions, film, photography, graffiti, images, and we use any physical form from traditional print books to wooden plaques, textiles, food...
A community can be based on
a location, like schools in a certain town
an interest group, like vegans across the world
a mutual aid group, like people moving from custodial care to home and employment
an economic group, like customers of a restaurant, visitors to a museum, or players of a game
an idea, like growing our food more locally