Revisioning and Using Popular Education

Popular education” was originally developed by a Brazilian activist-scholar named Paolo Freire who believed that poverty and oppression were rooted in unequal power structures.

Popular education is a political, collective learning process based on facilitated dialogue that places the learners’ voices and lived experiences at the heart of the learning, weaving in a deeper analysis of power to sharpen critical thinking and link to organized community action. This process, called “critical consciousness-raising,” aims to tap into and build upon people’s understanding of their world, their sense of self and profound connection to others, and their desire for and ability to affect change. It can be powerful process for leadership development, organizing and movement-building because it combines critical thinking, visioning, self-empowerment, relationship-building, action, and, when done well, hope and energy.

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About Giorgio Bertini

Director at Learning Change Project - Research on society, culture, art, neuroscience, cognition, critical thinking, intelligence, creativity, autopoiesis, self-organization, rhizomes, complexity, systems, networks, leadership, sustainability, thinkers, futures ++
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