Welcome to Rolling Earth

This website offers tools for education for democratic self-organization and reflections on their use. I hope it will provide a space for discussion and exploration of the use of "popular education" in movement building -- guided by a commitment to equality and democracy. See the website guidelines for more about the mechanics of the site. - Matt Noyes

Teaching-Action resource: "Take Back the Economy"

"Full of exercises, thinking tools, and inspiring examples from around the world, Take Back the Economy shows how people can implement small-scale changes in their own lives to create ethical economies. There is no manifesto here, no one prescribed model; rather, readers are encouraged and taught how to take back the economy in ways appropriate for their own communities and context, using what they already have at hand."

A project to learn more about

I have known of the work of Project South since the 1990's but have not kept up. I am interested in knowing more about their current education-organizing work.

Two links:
http://projectsouth.org/education-and-research/university-sin-fronteras/
http://projectsouth.org/education-and-research/toolkits/

Wikipedia for the classroom

I tried this once before, on my own, and was not entirely successful. Turns out there are resources and even a whole education program designed to help integrate creation and editing of Wikipedia entries into courses.

https://wikiedu.org/for-instructors/

Diebenkorn's Notes to Himself

Richard Diebenkorn, via Rebecca Solnit.

Notes to myself on beginning a painting

Teleioi? Mai!

John Humphrey Noyes described the doctrine of the perfectionists in a letter to Charles Nordhoff:

"We consider the community to be a Church, and our theory of a Christian Church, as constituted in the apostolic age, is that it is a school, consisting of many classes... we recognize the two general classes, which were characterized by Paul as the "nepiou" and the "teleioi." Our belief is that a Christian Church can exist only when the "teleioi" are in the ascendant and have control."

Another technique to learn about: LegoViews

Ran into this by accident in a post by Forokoop. It has strong similarities with the Engineer's Beans and other techniques on this website. The interviews look fascinating, including one with Michael Warshawski -- who I met years ago. (https://legoviews.com/2012/02/16/israel-and-the-democracy-building-proce...)

What is LegoViews?

On experience

José María Arizmendiarrieta described the Mondragon cooperatives and related activities and organizations (like Catholic Youth Action) as an "experience," not a model. It seems the Oneida "Perfectionists" had a similar conception.

Mondragon Team Academy Learning Tools

A few of the most important learning tools used by Mondragon Team Academy.
http://mondragonteamacademy.com/13/about-us/learning-tools/

Writing against "stereotype threat"

In a physics class at the beginning of the semester, "one group picked their most important values from a list and wrote about why these mattered to them. The other group – the controls – picked their least important values and wrote about why these might matter to other people."

"Learning to Think Outside the Boss: An Introductory Workshop on the Legal Nuts and Bolts of Starting a Worker Cooperative!"

An excellent resource from the Self Employment Law Center (Legal education, research, advice, and advocacy for just and resilient economies.)

"Learning to Think Outside the Boss: An Introductory Workshop on the Legal Nuts and Bolts of Starting a Worker Cooperative!"

http://www.theselc.org/pop_totb

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