Dianne Regisford for Iffley Fields & St. Mary's or Berinsfield & Garsington
Dianne Regisford is a visionary social justice ARTivist, Social Sculpture practitioner and academic focusing on issues of racial, cultural and social justice. She is the founding Director of Evoking Belonging, a social impact research consultancy specialising in social sculpture practice and cultural advocacy.
The Evoking Belonging practice creates equitable, regenerative spaces for social enquiry into migration, social cohesion and deepening democracy through participatory governance. Dianne developed the Evoking Belonging as a practice through PhD research in the field of Social Sculpture.
Dianne’s leadership is anchored in community driven by a vision for social transformation and civic enlivenment amongst migrant African Diaspora communities.
Dianne has been named as one of: 200 Women who will change the way you see the World. (www.twohundredwomen.com/dianneregisford)
Her book of poetry entitled; Evoking Belonging: Poetics of the Urban Indigène, was published in 2019 and discussed in our Green Book Club.
Why I am standing
I am standing for election to create a paradigm shift towards fuller expression of ecological citizenship in green politics. I vision a thriving local community where BAME communities are equitably, visibly and actively engaged in the governance processes, which affect their lives.
I will campaign for racial, cultural and healing justice as a pathway to belonging, with specific focus on BAME communities.
I am of the firm conviction that a regenerative approach, which looks beyond sustainability, is necessary to achieve the Green Party’s core value of radical transformation of society for the benefit of all, and for the planet as a whole.
How I will campaign
To inspire and motivate people to vote for me, I will use a high impact social media campaign for public engagement and cultural connection. The content of my campaign will focus on Culture, Belonging and Ecological Citizenship.
I will leverage my social capital amongst grassroots BAME community networks, faith groups, organisations to raise awareness of the cultural alignment of the Green Party’s core values to the BAME community cultural value systems.
Given the current scenario of the pandemic, I envisage that much of the campaigning will take place online and, where possible, through face-to-face engagement.
Skills and time commitment
I am a strategic leader with well honed capacity for future visioning and inspirational leadership with a strong sense of responsibility and connection.
I work well in teams and advocate for participatory, colloaborative approaches for multi-level and multi-sector engagement.
My social sculpture practice, Evoking Belonging, nurtures skills of deep listening, and intuitive perception for imaginative approaches to transformation.
I am a seasoned public speaker, with expertise in media, advocacy and campaigns, also stakeholder engagement at all levels.
Timewise: I am available on some evenings and one day over the weekend.