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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

Fallacies and Phases of Participation

On Participation

In his essay Falacias de la Participación, Alfonso Vásquez describes three phases of participation in an organizational process:

Participation in the origin, at the point when decisions begin to made and meanings are generated.
Participation in the processes as they unfold, the conditions and limits of that participation having been elaborated ahead of time.
Participation in the results, including in the benefits or losses in the case of wealth generation. (Vásquez, SOURCE???)

Labor Notes puts useful materials online

The Labor Notes book Secrets of a Successful Organizer by Alex Bradbury, Jane Slaughter and Mark Brenner comes with a full set of handouts that are available for free online. This is a great resource for anyone designing education projects for worker organization. They could also be great discussion starters for critical reflection on organizing -- for example the first handout, on How the Boss Keeps us Disorganized, sets up three characters: Boss, Organizer, Co-workers. Look at the verbs in the three lists of actions -- how are they different? Why?

Recurso: El Cajon de Herramientas

El Cajon de Herramientas

Un cajón para el trabajo de las organizaciones y grupos en la dirección de otro mundo posible…


This looks like a great resource -- just need some time to explore it.

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:

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.


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.


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