Learnings for Alternative Futures

Learnings for Alternative Futures

01/04 | Living Utopias

The course Living Utopias is oriented for anyone who believes that the current industry driven endless economic growth model which we term as Industrialism has collapsed or is in severe crisis and there is an urgent need for creating an alternative world in every sphere be it of ecology, economy, politics, culture , education and technology.

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05/05 | Pedagogies of Transformance in the Brazilian Amazon with the Rivers of Meeting Project

The Rivers of Meeting performance education project began by awakening sleeping cultural roots and human rights through Afro-Contemporary percussion, dance and lyrics workshops. Over 12 years, excluded youth were nurtured to become community workshop leaders and coordinators of medicinal plant, street library/cinema projects, dance and audiovisual companies, annual festivals and workshop courses in their Community University of the Rivers, to defend the River Tocantins and nurture an eco-village based on eco-pedagogies for sustainable community. This young AfroRaiz Collective is the community sculpture.

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08/07 | Unitierra Oaxaca: Learning and Hope

Universidad de la Tierra Oaxaca, was born amongst the context of radical reactions against institutional schooling observed in many Indigenous communities. Unitierra is deeply immersed in social change processes and dedicates itself to the exploration and application of life alternatives to modernity and imposed development. Unitierra understands learning as an aspect of daily life that can be cultivated and studying as the joyful and autonomous exercise of the free people. We define our learning and research method as reflection in action. In this webinar session some members of Unitierra's assembly will present the history and present of this initiative.

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16/11 | Cosmopolitical learning: some reflections on praxis

This session brings together friends affiliated with the Enlivened Cooperative who have been engaging in what we have been referring to as cosmopolitical learning. This refers to the practice of learning with, in between, across and beyond distinct ontologies, especially alongside indigenous teachers and in/from place. Cosmopolitics, first coined by philosopher of science Isabelle Stengers (2005), is a concept intended as an antidote, a slowing down, to the practices and processes of the ontological commitments characteristic of modernity. This opens the possibility of engaging with the cosmos as not a predetermined entity already named and described according to particular disciplinary methods and epistemologies, but rather as messy, plural and becoming, open to other ways of knowing and being in relationship with. At the same, cosmopolitics brings into focus how non-human actors, such as mountains, forests, rivers and others are also subjects and political beings who ought to be included into the constitutional arrangements of how we order our world.

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