Critical Radical Community Development

Building an eco-system of communities who are empowered through dialogue, praxis and critical reflection. Who through that understand how to act at a causal level on world issues (rather than the symptoms of world issues). Developing communities who understand how to break down existing power structures which dehumanise and how to cultivate and build new systems which humanise and benefit both socially and environmentally.

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by Julene Siddique
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Created on 14 Apr 2020

This is based on implementation Paolo Friere's 'Pedagodgy of the Oppressed'.

We will be looking to train 'Critical Educators' and 'Animatours' as well a work with Protagonists for the development of critical and radical communities.

 

The Radical Agenda includes:

1. Voicing Values (Socio-environmental)

2. Making Critical Connections

3. Critiquing and dissenting

4. Imagining Alternatives

5. Creating Counternarratives

6. Connecting and Acting

7. Cooperating for a Common Good

 

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Mon, 05/04/2020

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Critical Educator Training

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"Empowerment needs an analysis of power to be transformative, otherwise it remains a personal, individual act of self-belief rather than political liberating movement for change....only by understanding power can we transform it." -Ledwith

This form of community development is based highly on the work of Paolo Freire. Working in this way has a lot to do with values, in particular humanitarian, environmental and social justice values. It's important to be a good listener and to really listen from the heart to everyone in the community forum. It's also key that you develop deep critical thinking skills...in particular being able to conduct an analysis of power in both societal structures and narratives. You work with the community to understand these forces in their every day lives and develop their questioning, dialogue and praxis so that they can act on these issues in their local community. Becoming a critical educator is about praxis and reflection. It is not theoretical teaching, it is all about learning through experience and developing your ability to facilitate experiences and critical dialogues.

 

There will be 4 parts to this training 

1. Theoretical framework: Critical pedagogy and social liberation

2. Your Self-development, praxis, reflection and critical thinking

3. Working with Communities: practices and methods

4. Community weaving skills and engaging intersectionality

**Please see the "Reading and Reference Materials" page for the key readings and materials we will be working with. 

 

Initially we will start the training online in Zoom calls for parts 1&2, and then will move to working with communities in practice. (Due to COVID we are looking to explore ways to have the community development forums online)

 

This course has not launched yet, but please register your interest in advance (by visiting the Contact page) so we can prepare the appropriate space and materials for you.

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