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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

Six Words

Shiho Ide did this activity with us in English for Activists. It worked well -- everyone was able to create and share several sentences in a short time. The idea is simple: write sentences of six words. They can be free or in response to a prompt. You can pair up to do a dialogue or debate. You can string several sentences together to make a narrative, poem, or song. You can do an improvised dialogue with every sentence being six words. You can write collaboratively, each person adding a word. You can add other structures, like blues, etc.

Marshmallow Challenge


Great collaborative activity. Instead of the explicatory spin that Tom Wujec gives it, just ask participants the Jacotot questions: What did you see? What do you think of it? What can you make of it? There is a lot to see, so taking time with the first question (always a good idea) is especially important. I think it would pair well with Broken Squares, the Marshmallow game coming first.

More games that could be adapted for use in education for democratic organizing

I found this site while looking for a good write-up of the Marshmallow Challenge. I haven't had time to go through the games yet, but will. Seems like some of them could be useful -- like SWOT, which found its way into the Troublemaker's Handbook back in the day.


Team Academy Methods

This document lays out the approach used by Team Academy coaches and programs like Mondragon University's LEINN program, as of 2010. What makes it interesting is the way cooperative, team learning combines with the creation of cooperative businesses. The focus is on entrepreneurship; I would love to see a re-make that focused on cooperativism.


Great visual resource

Political posters from the Labadie collection at the University of Michigan.


Instructions by Yoko Ono

A source for ideas -- it would be fun to see which of these can be used/adapted for language learning. The website has selections from Grapefruit and Acorn.



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