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REAL/SYMBOL is a three part podcast and publication that explores the real and symbolic questions of land, gentrification and displacement in urban contexts and how communities are responding with real and symbolic acts of defiance and hope.

Real/Symbol invites you into layers of conversation, storytelling, poetry, scriptures, and reflection with a variety of voices – local residents, activists, researchers, artists and theologians.

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Reviews of Episode 1

We’ve had some amazing responses to Episode 1 of the podcast – please have a read below to get a sense of how people from a variety of communities are responding! If you’d like to leave a review in the comments below or on Apple, Google, Spotify, it would mean a lot to us and it means…More

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Episode 2: Land, Place, Roots

In our often enclosed narratives of extraction and profit, we have allowed the logic of capitalism to tell us what’s possible, but our imaginations can and must stretch further.
As we listen to the experiences of community members in Shieldfield and beyond, we invite listeners to expand and reimagine our collective responsibilities to the land and to each other through ideas of commons. Drawing on notions of the commons through history, through contemporary protest movements and through work being done in our communities we explore how might tell a different story of our relationship to the land – to tend and care, to caress and cherish it – and to see it as vital to a more life giving and regenerative common life.
Contributions from Haley Paxton, Mo Younis, Julia Heslop , Alastair Mcintosh, Luke Devlin, Sheryl Cathey, Ronnie Dougall, Ken Mallon, Val Middleton , Sharon Bousefield, Chris Jones, Al Barrett, Loretta Lees, Gemma Herries, Alison Wilkinson, Lydia Hiorns, Hannah Marsden.More

Real / Symbol Episode 2: Land, Place, Roots

Episode 1: Even the trees are being displaced

In this episode we start at the beginning by exploring how the process of development has deeply affected the neighbourhood of Shieldfield (and neighborhoods like it) and how these processes have caused not just physical displacement but also emotional and spiritual displacement. We also ask you to consider how the processes of development are affecting your community. What are the multiple effects of gentrification where you live ? How is it preventing certain communities from flourishing? How can you call attention to what is happening?

Contributors to this episode include Shieldfield residents: Ken, Val, Sharon, Mahamat, Haley, Sheryl, John, Ronnie as well as contributions from Loretta Lees, Chris Jones, Willie James Jennings, Darren McGarvey, Alastair McIntosh, Julia Heslop, Hannah Marsden, Lydia Hiorns, Gemma Herries and Alison Wilkinson.More

Real / Symbol Episode 1: Even the trees are being displaced

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