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Theme: Global Warming

No. 52 October - November 2007

TABLE OF CONTENTS:  

1.  ONLINE POPULAR EDUCATION RESOURCES ON GLOBAL WARMING
2.  DO IT YOURSELF: A Handbook for Changing the World
3.  ONLINE, DOWNLOADABLE RESOURCES
(A New Regular Feature of this Newsletter)
4.  IN MINNESOTA (new feature)
5.  WIKIPEDIA'S POPULAR EDUCATION ENTRIES
6.  LINKS TO POPULAR EDUCATION BLOGS
7.  NEW MIDWEST SOCIAL FORUM ACTIVITIES (New Info!)
8.  WHERE POPULAR EDUCATORS WILL GATHER
9.  LINKS TO POPULAR EDUCATION WEB SITES AND ONLINE BOOKSTORES
10. QUOTE OF THE MONTH


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1.  ONLINE POPULAR EDCUATION RESOURCES ON GLOBAL WARMING

http://risingtide.org.uk/pdfs/RTNAtour.pdf


       

Other links:
http://www.networkforclimateaction.org.uk/

http://eelink.net/pages/EE+Activities+-+Air+and+Climate the web site of the North American Association for Environmental Education includes links to some popular education activities and "crossover" materials that could be used in either schools or community settings.

http://www.ejcc.org/CJI.html
The Climate Justice Institute, a program of the Environmental Justice and Climate Change Initiative (EJCC Initiative), trains and motivates new leaders from communities disproportionately affected by climate change. Through workshops and internships, people learn to enage effectively in the fight for climate justice.  The link to their downloadable training materials if http://www.ejcc.org/workshops06.pdf .

2.  DO IT YOURSELF: A Handbook for Changing the World
Good information is now on the web about this recent book from the TRAPESE Collective (Taking Radical Action through Popular Education and Sustainable Everything)  See http://www.handbookforchange.org/ and other resources at http://trapese.org/resources.php.






To purchase the book go to the publisher's site http://www.plutobooks.com/cgi-local/nplutobrows.pl?chkisbn=9780745326375&main=

For this newsletter's April 2007 announcement about the book see http://www.popednews.org/newsletters/popular_education_news_Apr_07.htm

The TRAPESE collective says this about their work:

Our work involves interactive workshops, games, films, trainings, and action/campaign planning sessions. We aim to provide opportunities for children, young people and adults to explore the big issues of our time. Our work focuses on practical steps to inspire, inform and enable action, and how to develop workable alternatives. We are a not for profi t collective motivated by a passionate belief in the power of learning together. Set up in 2004, Trapese toured the UK working with over 100 groups exploring issues of the G8, the global economy and climate change.
Popular education emerges from a rich history interwoven with social movements across the world .  Popular education:
Promotes social and environmental justice over economic gain; values creative and emotional knowledge rather than just facts; encourages everyone to learn and get involved in change; supports inspiring alternatives.
For more explore their web site:  http://trapese.org/

3. ONLINE, DOWNLOADABLE RESOURCES (A New Regular Feature of this Newsletter)
(Please send information about other links. -- the editor)
Collectivo Flatlander resources http://www.colectivoflatlander.org/Site/Resources.html
Partnership for Immigrant Leadership and Action (PILA) tools: From Personal to Political - Timeline Exercises,
                Building Relationships, and New Citizens Vote! Curriculum at http://www.pilaweb.org/content/view/25/58/
Southerners On New Ground (SONG) LGBT&Q resources: http://www.southernersonnewground.org/?cat=11
The School for Unity and Liberation (SOUL) training manuals and a variety of specific training
                activities at http://www.youthec.org/soul/soul_sec/resources/re-free_training.html.
The Change Agency in Australia one of the best sources for  popular education materials and links to
                good stuff:  http://www.thechangeagency.org
Books by Michael Newman - free access: (http://www.michaelnewman.info/)
Just Associates: “ short publications from our work that deal with popular education in different ways.” :
                Forging A Global Movement: New Education Strategies for the United States and the World,
                Making Change Happen: Power, and Making Change Happen: Citizen Engagement and Global Economic Power
                http://www.justassociates.org
Training for Change - "Tools":  http://trainingforchange.org/content/section/4/39/
Great materials on health related subjects with a popular education point of view from Luis Kong
                in Santa Rosa CA:: http://www.hesperian.org/”
Wonderful photos that can be used for popular education “codes” to help people share experience and find their voice
                in educational activities.  from Dorothy Wigmore in Winnipeg : www.earldotter.com
HIV/AIDS stigma popular education manual http://www.changeproject.org/technical/hivaids/stigma.html
The Ruckus Society resources http://www.ruckus.org/article.php?list=type&type=9
Trapese Popular Education Collective resources http://www.trapese.org/

Poped Toolkit various links http://poped.org//links/poped.html


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4.  IN MINNESOTA

November 2 - 4, 2007,  Northland Bioneers Conference, Ford Training Center at Mississippi River & Ford Parkway, St. Paul, MN.  The illuminates our interdependence and proposes solutions that promote well being for all; now and several generations ahead.  For info and registration http://www.nbconference.org/

Nov 8, 2007 6:30 – 9:00 Free Popular Education Workshop: Exploring the Intersections of Oppression & Popular Education Deborah Rosenstein, Labor Education Service, University of Minnesota and Ryan Li Dahlstrom, Activist./Organizer

Popular Education Week,

Feb 4 – 5, 2008  Workshop in Wilmar, MN
Feb 7 – 9, 2008  Workshop in Minneapolis, MN
The two workshops will be led by two educators from Asociación Equipo Maiz in El Salvador.  The weekof popular education training will be for a maximum of 40 participants at each workshop with an emphasis on community organizers and community-base activists and educators.  The week will conclude with a celebration/Fiesta on Saturday, Feb 9.  For information about Asociación Equipo Maiz in Spanish: http://www.equipomaiz.org.sv/HisTodo.html , in English: http://www.popednews.org/epuipo_web_page.htm
For more info contact segoviaf@puc.mn.org

Experimental College

Experimental College (EXCO) seeks people to offer classes during the winter semester. At EXCO our basic principal is that anyone can teach or take a class and all classes are free. Started by Macalester students in Fall 2006 we strive to offer everyone in the Twin Cities community the opportunity to teach or learn in an inclusive space open to all types of skills and knowledge, including and beyond academic knowledge.  We see this as creating an open space to engage with the issues we find important or fascinating, and are working to create a community to foster our collective creativity and to empower each other when facing challenges or making good in the world. We believe education is a powerful tool for social change, one that can build equality and justice in our communities when we value the knowledge of each and every person, particularly those whose voices have been historically marginalized. Register online today! or see a full list of course offerings at www.EXCOtc.org

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5.  WIKIPEDIA'S POPULAR EDUCATION ENTRIES

Check out Wikipedia’s popular education entry which highlights the history of popular education in the French context.  The web pages also contain some good links to related topics.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Popular_education
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6.  LINKS TO POPULAR EDUCATION BLOGS

chris cavanagh www.comeuppance.blogspot.com.  (Please send others that you know.)

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7.  NEW MIDWEST SOCIAL FORUM ACTIVITY PLANNED
MIDWEST SOCIAL FORUM (MWSF) "Organizing Communities across Boundaries" An Organizing Teach-in sponsored by the Midwest Social Forum MARCH 28-30, 2008 at Wonderland Camp and Conference Center (http://www.wonderlandcamp.com/), Camp Lake, Wisconsin
This weekend-long organizing teach-in is designed to provide a follow- up to the United States and Midwest Social Forums for Midwest-based  grassroots organizations, activists, and students, and to contribute to the continued development of the social justice movement in the  Midwest. The teach-in focuses on the development of collaborative relationships and organizing skills, strategies, and tactics. More specifically, the event is tailored to strengthening regional social and issue area networks and their interconnections, and to providing valuable training in certain key aspects of organizing, focusing in particular on the challenges of building broad-based coalitions across race, gender, class, age, issue area, and other sources of division within the social justice movement. The teach-in will offer a number of high quality workshops and interactive activities designed to enable participants to identify both the interconnections between different communities and struggles as well as the causes of ongoing division among them, and to develop the organizing strategies, tactics, and skills needed to establish stronger social, strategic, and organizational links and thereby break out of the "silos" that have served to segment the social justice movement. 
More information on program, registration, and logistics available soon Go to www.mwsocialforum.org or contact info@mwsocialforum.org or 608-262-0854.

OTHER SOCIAL FORUMS AROUND THE WORLD
For info: http://www.forumsocialmundial.org.br/

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8. WHERE POPULAR EDUCATORS WILL GATHER

Nov 8, 2007 6:30 – 9:00 Free Popular Education Workshop: Exploring the Intersections of Oppression & Popular Education, Waite House, Minneapolis Deborah Rosenstein, Labor Education Service, University of Minnesota and Ryan Li Dahlstrom, Activist./Organizer. For info http://www.popednews.org/fall_winter_in_minnesota.htm

Nov 26 – Dec 5, 2007  Asia Regional Trainers of Trainers (ToT) for Gender Sensitive Active Nonviolence for Social Change Women’s Peacemaker Program, International Fellowship of Reconciliation Kochi, India (Southern Most part), where currently the Asian Regional Office is located.  For more information and the application form, please http://www.ifor.org/WPP/networking_woman.htm
 
Dec 2–5, 2007 International Researching Work and Learning Conference RWL5 , Cape Town, South Africa http://rwl5.uwc.ac.za

Feb 3-10, 2008 Minnesota Popular Education Week (details posted on www.popednews.org)

Fri-Sat. March 7-8, 2008 WE LEARN 5th Annual (Net)Working Conference on Women & Literacy, Fordham Univ. at Lincoln Center, NYC

May 4-7, 2008 Community-University Partnerships: Connecting for Change, Office of Community Based Research, University of Victoria, Victoria BC.  An exposition to celebrate existing and explore new community-university research partnerships. Community- based research is an exciting movement of learning and growing for all involved. Through these partnerships, community members and academics build research skills and gain increased confidence, increase democratic participation, and influence change in the lives of all living in the region.  For more information, please visit www.cuexpo08.ca.

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9.  LINKS TO POPULAR EDUCATION WEB SITES AND ONLINE BOOKSTORES
(*those with online bookstores)

*Catalyst Centre ( www.catalystcentre.ca/index.htm )
*Highlander Center (www.highlandercenter.org )
*Resource Center of the Americas (www.americas.org )
*Growing Communities for Peace ( www.humanrightsandpeacestore.org )
*IPEA (www.peopleseducation.org/ )
Project South (www.projectsouth.org )
Center for Popular Education and Participatory Research (www.cpepr.info)
Pop Ed Links Directory http://poped.org
WE LEARN: Women Expanding-Literacy Education Action Resource Network (http :// www.litwomen.org/news.html)
Centre for Popular Education ( http://www.cpe.uts.edu.au/)
The Change Agency ( www.thechangeagency.org/index.htm)
Kotare Trust (www.kotare.org.nz)
Training for Change www.TrainingforChange.org
TRAPESE: Take Radical Action Through Popular Education and Sustainable Everything http://www.trapese.org/
The Theater of the Oppressed Laboratory (TOPLab) www.toplab.org at the Brecht Forum http://www.brechtforum.org/

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10. PROVERB OF THE MONTH

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Do not look where you fell, but where you slipped.  – from http://www.oneliners-and-proverbs.com/
 
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