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Training for Transformation: A Handbook for Community Workers, Book III


Anne Hope and Sally Timmel


Mambo Press, Zimbabwe







Grailville Art and Bookstore, 932 O'Bannonville Road, Loveland, OH 45140-9705,Phone: (513) 683-0202.




All the theories, codes and exercises in this book have been used effectively with groups in Africa since 1975. Most of the examples and quotations in these books come directly from our experience, which has been mainly working with church sponsored groups in Africa. There is therefore and African and a Christian perspective throughout. It is necessary for all teams using this book to adapt the approach to their own cultural context, to find examples, stories, proverbs from the life of local people and to seek out those texts from the religious traditions of the community which reinforce the vision of transformation towards a just, peaceful and happy society. Book III deals with the social analysis necessary to develop critical awareness and long-term planning and with steps needed for building solidarity in people's movements. This book moves from the local level to the wider context. It provides tools for analysing how forces operating at national and international levels affect local efforts towards development. The chapters include: Chapter 9, provides a short history of the development decades and some useful tools of analysis, including an exercise challenging people to envision a new society. We find it essential to challenge a group to express their vision of the society they long for, as this develops energy and hope. Chapter 10, uses the 'parabola model' (based on following a Guiding Star) to outline the steps in building a people's movement. Chapter 11, recognises that vision is not enough. To bring about change effectively, one must also have good administration and management. However, this does not necessarily mean the hierarchical, top-down structures to which most of us are accustomed. We have to create new forms of management which are consistent with the beliefs and values of democratic participation. Chapter 12, is about planning workshops. The opportunity to spend time together, especially to stay together overnight for a weekend or several days, is very precious. It can be a time of grace, new vision, new energy. But people are so busy that such opportunities are rare and the time must be well used. Good workshops do not just happen, they must be carefully designed. A good workshop is a work of art. It takes time and experience to learn how to prepare them well. This chapter gives guidelines for designing workshops and some spiritual and theological background. We recommend reading all three of the books with make a series and integrate all of the elements of the three books. A piecemeal approach of just one element or the other does not have the same impact. These methods can assist a community to start a process of reflecting on their , analysing the causes of their problems, so that local groups and then a regional development movement can be built. However, local problems are profoundly affected by forces on the national and international level. Local efforts at development will be ineffectual unless these are taken into account. We strongly recommend the use of some of the tools of analysis and processes of building a movement described in Book III.




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