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

March 2, 2017/ Article

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 experiences, I wanted to offer some reflections on how to make

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

February 28, 2017/ Article

“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 BELIEF THAT MERE RECITATION OF FACTS IS SUFFICIENT Take the counter-recruitment

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