100 Ways is a practice
a reminder to myself,
a commitment to transformation,
a commitment to social justice work,
a plea, a question, an invitation…
…and just the beginning.
It is a reminder that I have a body. That I am a person with emotions and feelings, I am sometimes a mess, trying hard, seeing injustice, speaking out, staying quiet, trying to fit in.
I am not a machine.
Reason for existing:
- Show case and uplift marginalised voices and opinions within the construction industry
- Name the injustices, shine a light on the existing culture and be a catalyst for collective cultural transformation
- Create community for mentoring and support.
Why 100 Ways?
I originally wrote the 100 Ways manifesto after working in the building trades for a few years and I started to notice how the building site culture was escalating the more macho parts of myself.
My body ached but I wouldn’t stop, I kept quiet about my feelings and sensitivities while on site. And the increased sexism, racism and homophobia that I heard on a daily basis was becoming normalised to me.
The nature of sexism and racism and any institutionalised oppression is that it is not isolated to single acts that can be named and stamped out. These oppression are part of the systems we for within, they manifest in a myriad of ways and can only be challenged by a myriad of at least 100 antidotes.
Because there is no one right way, no either/or.
To challenge binary thinking we all have to accept that there are many right ways forward. 100, or more, ways.
Because: Number 6. Cultivate a culture of experiment.
As Amanda Palmer says:
You can do nothing
or you can do something
if you do something you will be told you are doing it imperfectly
you will be scolded for getting the tone wrong, the wording wrong, or the timing wrong
do it anyway
do it anyway
keep doing the things
the only alternative is to do nothing, and nowadays thats exactly what nobody needs
get it wrong, get it wrong, get wrong
and keep going
the enemy of progress is perfection
keep going keep going.
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