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

"Trading Floor" local currency game

"This game is designed to show participants in workshops:
how trade is affected by the availability of money
how outside control of the money supply may be counter productive to a local economy
how money is separate from real value
how using debt as money can obstruct the economy
By simulating trading in an actual marketplace, the traders feel the difference, which reinforces the learning objectives..."

Socialize the Teacher

I am preparing to leave Japan and stop teaching English for Activists, a conversation circle that has been running in Tokyo for over ten years. As one step in thinking about how to continue EFA without me, I asked the group to write on index cards the features or ingredients I bring as a teacher. The idea is to have an inventory of skills and characteristics so that they can think about how to get them from various sources. In fact, much of what I do in EFA can be done by the participants. The elements they do not have or can not provide they can get from other people.

HaHa Academy

The Humor and Hilarity Advancement Academy

Improvencyclopedia -- another great resource

This looks like another great resource for educators. We crave tools and this site offers hundreds of them. http://improvencyclopedia.org/categories/index.html

"This is a collection of games/exercises/handles/techniques for improvisation theatre. It's basically organized in Categories , and each improv Game is classified in a number of these categories. We also provide a number of Glossary and References to people, sites and books where you can find similar information.

"This site does not aspire to:

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:

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.



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