It’s Time to Get Above Ourselves
Bella is a response to our rapidly changing political landscape. We think our new democracy needs a new media.
We think we’re at the beginning not the end of the movement to transform and reclaim Scotland, so we’re aiming higher and we’re being ambitious. We’re aiming to raise £50,000 to build on the platform we’ve created since 2007.
We need your help to make this work.
Our key aims are:
- Strengthening and connecting the Scottish radical democratic movement
- Continue to explore fresh thinking and challenging ideas
- Creating a self-critical reflective space
- Bringing new and unheard voices to public debate and discussion
- Boosting new technology and social media innovation
- Training in media literacy and content creation
- Collaborating and partnering with other alternative media projects
If we are successful in raising the funds we need, the money will go towards: a full-time editor post, paying contributors, design and illustration, web site hosting, events, translation, marketing, legal costs.
Our political aims remain a commitment to independence. self-determination and autonomy, in Scotland and elsewhere – that means exploring where power lies in society and how we can help reclaim, decentralise and redistribute it. Key to this is raising peoples hopes, expectations and aspirations away from the managed decline and dependency culture we have been encouraged to accept as the normal way of things. So ‘It’s time to get above ourselves’, both in terms of encouraging these higher aspirations and start redefining our place in the world.
Some of the key political challenges ahead are mapping post-nationalist ideas of self-determination, charting and shaping what is demanded off gender and social equality, exploring a post-oil economy for Scotland and encouraging a commitment to the politics of solidarity in a society predicated on greed and individualism.
With your support we want to expand our output and improve our content. We want to host an annual gathering which brings those with new ideas and the alternative media together to host training, workshops and talks to help build on the solid foundations that have already been put in place. Our supporters would help guide the direction of the publication. This would seek to accelerate the spawning of new creative output, from both writers and reporters – a new 5th Estate – with networks of knowledge and content distribution.
We want to be the best place for comment, analysis and opinion which combines polemic, essays and features with music, video and photography.