Popular education, popular assemblies: paths for social transformation

Education, like politics, is often understood as something that is done to us (or that we do to others). With technocracy and representative democracy being among the dominant social and political institutions in our society the message that is communicated and reinforced is that knowledge lies with the experts and decisions need to be made by the few. Popular education and popular assemblies turn these assumptions on their head and situate the core of knowledge and politics with the people. In challenging not only the content of what we learn or what we decide but also the form of how we learn and how we decide, popular education and assemblies offer some of the most promising tools for personal and social transformation. In this workshop we will examine some of the theory, history and practice of popular education and assemblies and discuss ways that we can use these tools in our communities.
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