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Great resource resource: Resources for decentralised organising

Richard Bartlett, of Enspiral and Loomio, is collecting resources for decentralized organizing. Lots of useful material here.

The Reciprocity Game

Five activities for building reciprocity in small groups or crews from Richard Dennis Bartlett's "Courage Before Hope: A Proposal to Weave Emotional and Economic Microsolidarity
Or: What To Do in the Last Decade of the Anthropocene"

Curso de Creación de Empresas Asociativas y Solidarias

Luis Razeto Migliaro has created a "practical-theoretical" course on how to create successful economic organizations that includes a book and an online course. The book is designed for self-organized group learning (it can also be used by individuals) and is intended to be studied by a group as they form an actual business.

Resource for Co-op Development Education, from RMFU

Caroline Savery, of the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, has made available the curricula for their co-op training.

"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.

"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?


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