We use the expression ‘activist education’ to describe our work. This has implications not just for what we consider important for community organisers to learn, but how we believe we/they learn most effectively. We’ve facilitated discussions and workshops with other social movement trainers and facilitators to explore just what might be involved in working as activist educators. The educational principles and practices (or pedagogy) guiding our work include:
- experiential and empowered learning
- listening and reflection
- questioning, not telling
- peer support and mentoring
- exercises linked to real and contemporary change work
- building a ‘container’ or learning environment characterised
- by trust, openness, honesty, self-critique, mutual respect and support.
Go to our activist education page – for more details on activist education, our views, roots and influences.