Not Perfect and Toppling Colonialism 
Rebecca Thomas has been an inspiring Poet Laureate. Perhaps one of the most touching and historical moments in Halifax was the removal of the Cornwallis statue last weekend. Click on the link below to hear her poem that moved Councillors to vote for the removal. Social norms and what we sanction can be changed slowly if we keep, as Rebecca says, "tough skin and soft hearts." Also such a powerful reminder of the role of art in our collective imagination.
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Critical frustration of the adult learning cycle 
A key element of transformative learning is experimenting with real world problems. As such, the field has drawn heavily on David Kolb's experiential learning cycle. In fact, even while it is critiqued, it is one of the most useful and widely used models of adult learning processes being used today. This paper works to both "critically frustrate" and extend the learning cycle by suggesting that the cycle be replaced with a holograph. Linear progressions, even cycles and spirals no longer suffice to capture complex realities, intersectionalities and meaning making especially in a digital age of "radical openness." Whether we like it or not, frames are being influenced and meaning made through a dynamic mix of on and off line learning and sharing in many forms.

A holograph represents this multi-dimensionality and diffusion of spaces and identities more aptly. Online learning is not only a part of this multi-dimensionality. There is real transformative potential in the simultaneous spaces for reflexivity and community inherent in online learning. It seems to collapse gender and power dynamics in interesting ways and reduces the lag between learning and real life experimentation. Puts the facilitator and peers where they should be - coaching others in their work and communities, real-time in real messiness.



Self-actualization through dance- conflict is vital 
Met an inspiring dancer/professor, Jo Blake, at a meditation/yoga retreat in Nepal. He uses dance and movement in community. He introduced me to Crystal Pite who also uses dance and theatre to work through trauma, freedoms, self-actualization. I've really come to realize, in my work, that these forms and explorations are so critical to our collective analysis and action. The spaces it opens for connection, healing. We are somatic, individually and collectively.
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Changing the gender narratives 
Working with The Story Kitchen and the Coady Institute in Nepal co-facilitating with an inspiring leader, Jaya ji Luintel, who heads up this organization. Increasingly, I've found in my work that technical solutions around alternative economic or community based models bump up against gendered social norms. Turning more and more to address these issues where media, artists, elders play such important roles.I facilitated on the AWID/Rao/Kelleher feminist framework for change that has so grounded my work around gender and power. Jaya ji was inspired by it to deepen strategy when she was in a leadership course at the Coady Institute.

From their site: The Story Kitchen (TSK) is driven by the passionate belief that upholding the stories of women can unravel systems of gender oppression and patriarchy that continue to exist in Nepal. The domination of stories from men's perspectives leaves women out of the history of Nepal and fails to recognize the extent to which women are currently contributing and have always contributed to the development of the country. TSK enhances women's participation and representation in media using a from-the-ground-up approach: meeting women locally and sharing their stories nationally as well as training justice reporters. They invite women of different castes, ages, communities, cultures and languages to experience the powerful transformation of storytelling and narrative journalism.
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Hyang Cho  
Cho's work is so provocative and inspiring. Erasure. Text. Trial. Check it out at the link below.
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