Mark Westcombe

Mark Westcombe

Volunteer with Animal Think Tank

Mark is a volunteer with Animal Think Tank, a collective which seeks to develop and share knowledge about how to build an inclusive and strategic mass movement for animal liberation. He has been a volunteer since school involved with housing co-ops, eco-housing, green politics, Earth First! and the lgbt movement. He has been vegan since 2005 and has twice organised the UK’s National Animal Rights Gathering, as well as helping found Animal Rebellion. Professionally he works as a freelance group facilitator and trainer specialising in risk mitigation and strategic decision making on large, complex projects.

Saturday
11:00 - 11:45

Killjoy at the Table: the Liberation Pledge

The Liberation Pledge is simple. Publicly refuse to eat animals; Publicly refuse to sit where animals are being eaten; Encourage others to take the pledge. The Liberation Pledge is an everyday anti-speciesist action. It is a refusal to bystand those committing hate crimes and violence against animals. Is it extremist? Divisive? Or a necessary act at the centre of bringing about Animal Justice? This talk will explore the basis of the Liberation Pledge: the practicalities, the skills, the impact and the discovery of the speaker’s own speciesism as a vegan. See www.liberationpledge.com

Animal Rebellion full timetable

Saturday
4:00 - 5:30

Why The Infighting

Why are we fighting each other? We all want Animal Justice, so why aren’t we united? We will look at some potential root causes to the disagreements which once understood can help us understand one another, become allies, and build a more powerful movement. Some of these issues are unique to the Animal Justice movement, while some have been experienced by other movements of the past from which we can learn. Understanding the ‘Ecology of Social Movements’, and our role in them, can help us build a more powerful movement together. This session will include an extended Q&A on the topic of infighting.

Animal Rebellion full timetable

Sunday - VGN Climate Summit
3:00pm

Animal Rebellion

Can Animal Rebellion be the link that bridges the gap between the animal rights movement and the movement for climate justice? Will people form an alliance that makes us successful in saving the planet?

Auditorium full timetable

Sunday
11:00 - 11:45

Persuading the Public: Story-based Strategy

Being right is not enough, we need to persuade the public and legislators to support Animal Justice. This is an introduction to how we can use Story-based Strategy as an analysis tool to frame Animal Justice in a way that convinces people to change sides. It will be of interest to campaign managers, activists and anyone who has wondered why vegans are the villains, and meat eaters the victims.

Animal Rebellion full timetable

Sunday
3:00pm

Animal Rebellion

Can Animal Rebellion be the link that bridges the gap between the animal rights movement and the movement for climate justice? Will people form an alliance that makes us successful in saving the planet?

VGN Climate Summit full timetable