Activism (course e-book/booklet)

Learning to do 'activism' well can take a while. And 'well' can mean many things. The journey can be both discouraging and inspiring at times.

There are many aspects to consider in efforts towards 'building a better world'. This e-book / booklet is based from a course on activism held in Ottawa in the fall of 2011, containing notes from discussions, different activities used in the course, and appendixes including ideas on creating positive and effective learning processes/environments.

There are four main sections to this guide:

  • * Session-by-session overview and notes: What are we (individuall and collectively) trying to achieve, and what are key values in that process; what are characteristics of 'change activities that work'; key elements of community organizing; and ideas to consider about the nature of direct versus representive democracy, solidarity versus charity, and the principles of anti-oppression.
  • * Appendixes: Characteristics of positive learning environments and the nature of education; case study on independent media organizing; review of a key resource book, "Community Organizing: A holistic approach."
  • * Reference list: Links to websites/articles, videos, books and podcast referenced in the course.
  • * About the course: Some notes about putting on the course and what it's purpose is.

The ebook/booklet is availabe in three versions (all PDF):


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