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June 13, 2012

Time to reshuffle

For the past six years, the Pearce Institute in Govan has hosted an event with an unusual name – Reshuffle – which revolves around a family fun day.  But Reshuffle has another purpose which is to give community activists from across Glasgow an opportunity to reflect on what they do and to support and learn from one another.   Reshuffle is so named because it is a call for society to reshuffle its priorities.


The Reshuffle is an event that has been held annually at the Pearce Institute over the last six years. The purpose of the event is to help towards strengthening the social base of our communities. We do this by creating activities families can enjoy and learn from, with an emphasis on DIY and some wholesome food. The Reshuffle also presents a platform for discussion, films and talks on topics relevant to peoples day to day lives.

FAMILY FUN DAY 16th 12:00 4:00

This year you can Henna, Hair braiding, Knitting, Threading, Crochet, Making things with rubbish, Bread making, Drawing Club, Bike Rides, Carving, Clay Modelling, Play some Sports, Gardening, Do some Science and much more or just relax in the chaotic but friendly atmosphere.

GLASGOW TO DETROIT Saturday 16th Film + Discussion 1:00

On the Saturday will be showing a film highlighting city farms in Detroit and the “growing” culture developing in Glasgow and around. After the film there will be an open discussion in what these two great post industrial towns can learn from each other and what was learned from our visit.

THE CRISIS OF COMMUNITY and the Opportunity for Change, Sunday 17th 1:00

On the Sunday James Kelman, will lead a discussion geared towards mobilisation and solidarity in dealing with the issues across the city of the councils process of stopping DIY community activities in favour of. “You can have community things but we will do them for you with private partners”.

There has recently been a growing ground swell of ordinary people feeling the urge and the necessity to do something. Such as. Maryhill Park clean ups, despite council objections. Making Councillors accountable campaigns. Community run dinner nights at the Pearce Institute and places like Kinningpark Complex are creating activities and bringing groups together, presenting local people with a platform to voice their concerns and also their ideas. I mention a few but there are many others across the city. Some are known about but many are invisible to people as well as to each other.

It is important in the present climate that we hold the spaces where we can discuss the interests of the community without the interference of bureaucracy and the burden of business rents. If we do not relate and connect the plight of places like the Accord Centre, to our own local centre, what are our chances when the axe falls down our street?

The Reshuffle tries to support looking at these ideas and has been building on this over the last five years or so. If they are of interest to you we would ask you to help support the Reshuffle through participation in any way you can or have the time for.


In his introduction to Born up a Close: Memoirs of a Brigton Boy (2006), an edition of Glaswegian political campaigner Hugh Savage’s writings, Kelman sums up his understanding of the history of national and class conflict as follows:

“In an occupied country indigenous history can only be radical. It is a class issue. The intellectual life of working class people is ‘occupied’. In a colonised country intellectual occupation takes place throughout society. The closer to the ruling class we get the less difference there exists in language and culture, until finally we find that questions fundamental to society at its widest level are settled by members of the same closely knit circle, occasionally even the same family or ‘bloodline’. And the outcome of that can be war, the slaughter of working class people.”

Reshuffle – The answers to the problems in our communities can be solved by the community themselves all we need to do is reshuffle our priorities.

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