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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. (

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.


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