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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

Chapter 2 -- Sharing Experiences and Finding Threads

Popular education has been described as a "pedagogy of the question." (Bruss, Neal, Macedo, Donaldo P. Toward a Pedagogy of the Question: Conversations with Paulo Freire. Journal of Education, v167 n2 p7-21 1985) That's especially true of the starting point.

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Chapter 1 -- Where we Begin: Naming the Context

Et toi? Quand est-ce que tu pars? Elle est ou, ta place? (from Ressources Humaines, Laurent Cantet)
What about you? When are you leaving? Where's your place?

Tu, con que intencion y como pretendes utilizar las tecnicas? (Alforja, Tomo 2, "Advertencia!")
And you, what are your intentions, how do you plan to use these techniques?

Where and how does popular education for union democracy begin?

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Pop Ed. Sources


Books you must have:

Tecnicas Participativas Para La Educacion Popular The best resource book for popular educators, combines technique (lots of activities) with method and embodies the work of popular educators in Central America.

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The Workers' Inspiration: Horizontal Education for Union Democracy

"The most important challenge for labor and society in the twenty-first century is the question of democracy."
— Elaine Bernard

Boston, 2000, lunchbreak at a small convention center during a one day conference sponsored by the Association for Union Democracy and Carpenters for a Democratic Union (CDU) for a hundred plus members of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters from Boston and around the US.

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Under Construction

As it should always be, given the subject matter.
(Accouche! accouchez!
Will you rot your own fruit in yourself there?
Will you squat and stifle there?)

Let's hope not. Here's what this site is for:

To publish "The Workers' Inspiration: Popular Education for Union Democracy " a handbook of educational strategy and technique for workers, activists and educators, based on my work at The Association for Union Democracy.


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