What is Grassroots Learning?

I am thinking about learning as a form of grassroots organizing: change at the root, within a person and thus, necessarily, between people.  It can also start with change between people that creates change within them.  It works both ways! Learning links people up, anew, within and around themselves. In Donna Haraway’s words, “We become accountable […]

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Is It Sustainable?

Sometimes the question, “Is it sustainable?” is posed in the name of being responsible, measured, sober.  Not getting carried away.  But it’s a more complex question than it seems, a question that depends very much on timing, scale, and context.  If you’ve ever started something, you know that it’s usually a messy process — glad […]

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Talking with Students about Ungrading: What is the Real Deal?

     This week, I talked with three of my students from last year.  Margo, Alexandra and I taught them in the course we created and led with a group of co-educators. “Community Learning Collaborative: Practicing Partnership” (otherwise known as Education 200) is the first in the Education sequence, designed to introduce students to the […]

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Can Mentoring Create a Bridge to Institutional Change?

I love being a mentor but I am uneasy about the slide into a one-way, top-down notion of authority.  I like the idea of friends as co-mentors, mutual learning, an egalitarian, feminist approach.  It’s true that a mentor with more experience in a given context can de-mystify and foster access, and that’s important.   A mentor […]

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