As part of Free University, SRL member Max Liboiron will be facilitating a workshop on Mutual Aid Research Models and Methods on Thursday, May 1 at 11AM in Madison Square Park.
Mutual aid is characterized by solidarity (fellowship arising from common responsibilities and interests) and reciprocity (mutual, though not necessarily symmetrical, exchange). A mutual aid model does not only seek to “do no harm,” it also strives to reciprocate, to respond, and to cooperate. It takes the processes and practices of research, not only its results, as a place to do meaningful normative & activist work. We will discuss some existing models and resources for transforming research ethics, methodologies, and methods for mutual aid and how they might be useful to participants. We will conclude by brainstorming other methods for inclusion in a future handbook.