How to prepare for international trips (like the “worst conflict in the world”)

Lee McLenon/ March 2, 2017/ Training Tools/ 0 comments

I’ve trained in about two dozen different countries, most of them on multiple occasions.  Trainers at Training for Change are increasingly training internationally.  The last year other trainers have led major trainings in Turkey, the UK, and Thailand — with another trip soon to Colombia (where co-director Nico Amador will lead trainings with trans youth). Because of my range of

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The Upside-Down Kingdom: learning from the margins

Lee McLenon/ February 28, 2017/ Training Tools, Uncategorized/ 0 comments

My dad was a Baptist preacher.  A “classic” sermon of his was the “upside-down kingdom” — the message that God’s kingdom reflected different values of this one.  While the values of today might be for money and military and power, the kingdom of God reflected the marginal voices that put love first.  He would preach that for God’s kingdom to

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Beyond Just Education: Why our approach to teaching makes all the difference in social change

Lee McLenon/ February 28, 2017/ Organizational Culture/ 0 comments

“We need to educate people,” is one of the most common refrains from social change activists. But what does it really mean? The rise of popular education and insights from anti-oppression movements give us major insights into how to do meaningful education. Here’s how I’ve taken these lessons to heart to be more effective. STEP ONE: BREAK OUT OF THE

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