"Sin acción, no hay conocimiento / Without action, there is no knowledge."
Mural at The Highlander Research and Education Center
How to facilitate meetings, classes & events
that build community and empower people to
speak up, lead, and take action
“Education either functions as an instrument which is used to facilitate integration into the logic of the present system and bring about conformity,
or it becomes the practice of freedom, the means by which [people] deal critically and creatively with reality, and discover how to participate in the transformation of their world.”
– Paulo Freire, Brazilian pioneer of educação popular. “Popular” comes from the root word populus, meaning people. Popular education is education by the people, for the people.
"Differences must be not merely tolerated,
but seen as a fund of necessary polarities
between which our creativity can spark like a dialectic."
“When the true leader leads, the people say, ‘we did it ourselves.’”
- Lao Tzu
“We are the leaders
we’ve been waiting for.”
- Grace Lee Boggs
Tips for Virtual Facilitation
This blog is an experiment in unearthing all the writing gems I have sitting in my hard drive. I used to put great effort into getting pieces published in literary magazines. Most of the magazines that published my work no longer exist.
Over the years I've also written countless bits of unpublished curriculum and tip sheets on intergenerational & adult education, special education, developmental therapy and anti-oppression work. These writings were seen by only a few eyes... but it was so necessary in those moments to create relevant, culturally affirming, easy-to-read content when I could find none.
Now I'm writing a novel while looking for more sustainable work in education & learning design, not to mention raising a young human in these tumultuous times - so I have no time to polish these pieces and get them published. But I would like to share them. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I enjoyed writing them.