Story as Process: Storytelling in Adult Education and Community Development 
Monday, July 9, 2007, 03:26 PM - Adult and Popular Education
Olga Gladkikh and Nanci Lee
Coady International Institute

Paper Presented at the Storytelling Symposium
Department of Languages and Letters
Cape Breton University
June 8-9, 2007

The object of the storyteller is to enable the listeners
to discover the truth themselves.
–Stephen Denning

In the field of community development, storytelling and oral testimonies are recognized by adult educators, activists and practitioners as powerful tools to help people make meaning out of their lived lives. Stories are often used to share individual and group histories, to form new connections, and to reinforce or even challenge local knowledge and assumptions. At best, stories can be used to push against existing power structures by raising individual consciousness and building a sense of agency for collective action. Stories, however, can also be used in narrow, instrumental ways to simply illustrate a concept or introduce the benefits of learning a skill. In this sense, stories are little more than tools reinforcing existing power dynamics.

This paper highlights the use of story in capacity building and community development work. One case draws from the use of storytelling in co-operative inquiry seminars involving a diverse, multi-cultural community of participants attending the Coady International Institute in Canada. The other case uses narrative in financial literacy training in India and Angola. The cases explore how storytelling can be a powerful pedagogical springboard to both individual change and group action. Fascinating issues of power and voice are examined, as well as the misconceptions and misuses of narrative. Ultimately, the cases seek to reinforce the valid uses in order to strengthen and legitimize the role of story in pedagogical contexts.

Please contact me if you are interested in a copy of the paper.

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The Pluck and Honesty of Morales 
Tuesday, March 27, 2007, 02:37 PM - Inspiring
10 commandments to save the planet, humanity and life

1-Acabar con el sistema capitalista
1-End the capitalist system

2-Renunciar a las guerras
2-Renounce wars

3-Un mundo sin imperialismo ni colonialismo
3-A world without imperialism or colonialism

4-Derecho al agua
4-Right to water

5-Desarrollo de energi­as limpias
5-Development of clean energies

6-Respeto a la madre tierra, Pachamama
6-Respect for Mother Earth

7-Servicios basicos como derechos humanos
7-Basic services as human rights

8-Combatir las desigualdades
8-Fight inequalities

9-Promover la diversidad de culturas y economias
9-Promote diversity of cultures and economies

10-Vivir bien, no vivir mejor a costa del otro
10-Live well, not better at the expense of others

Some Bolivian friends say that he is not without his issues. But you've got to hand it to him. He is making full use of his platform. Nationalized the oil companies. Everyone thought they would pull out. They didn't.

See a BBC interview with Evo Morales below..
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