As a facilitator and implementer I am inspired to:
- employ open mindedness
- encourage communities to self-define
- allow for fluidity
- maintain a strong framework and context
- embrace usefulness of critical analysis of history
- have awareness of what’s happening intellectually and energetically in a space
- strive to not automatically impose my own biases and ideas
- acknowledge implicit power structures
- don’t assume homogeneity within or across communities
- think expansively about how community is defined
- engage thoughtfully with technology as a factor that both disassociates within and across communities via speed and isolation and also creates the opportunity for a different type and scale of community building and engagement
Religious Difference / middle school (Bosque School)
Are You Really As Open Minded As You Think You Are?/ high school (Youth Celebrate Diversity)
Are Jews White? Yes. No. Maybe. And, Why it Matters / adult (Neshama Center for Lifelong Learning)
White Allyship / adult (Bend the Arc)
My work as a trainer and facilitator is framed in 3 key notions:
Postmodernism which examines who is left out and who is excluded, and doesn’t presume a singular monolithic perspective. Modernism seeks to standardize through building overarching culture. Postmodernism prioritizes a fluid, complex system of cross informing cultures.
Hybridity which is created by confronting competing ideas about what community is and how community operates – and works with the assumption that complexity is always present, necessary, and useful.
Subaltern perspective, which recognizes that some community space is excluded from larger community, and limited politically because they don’t have grounds to advocate, and that including subaltern perspective opens and informs the process of organizing.
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