Creative Approaches to Facilitation Challenges

It is exciting and inspiring to work with organizations that share our priority of truly participatory and community-led projects. PARCEO just had the chance to do this with Portland-based Growing Gardens. We facilitated our second facilitation session as Growing Gardens develop inclusive and multilingual facilitation skills that center participant interests and voices. This is especially important now, as they plan and conduct focus groups to understand how to make the garden an entry point into the school for parents. Our facilitation training builds inclusive ...

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Positionality: Working Across Difference

We are still invigorated by our 2 public workshops in Portland at Zenger Farm on October 22nd and Pacific Northwest College of Art on October 24th. The Positionality: Working Across Difference workshop looks at how you enter a space, the position or role it holds, and how that affects others. Together, with participants from over 10 organizations across Portland, we looked at how individual experiences connect to community and how to build a strong foundation for work that values all voices, experiences and differences. The training is useful for community groups and ...

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Positionality: Working Across Difference

We are still invigorated by our 2 public workshops in Portland at Zenger Farm on October 22nd and Pacific Northwest College of Art on October 24th. The Positionality: Working Across Difference workshop looks at how you enter a space, the position or role it holds, and how that affects others. Together, with participants from over 10 organizations across Portland, we looked at how individual experiences connect to community and how to build a strong foundation for work that values all voices, experiences and differences. The training is useful for community groups and ...

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Positionality: Working Across Difference Curriculum

We are excited to share our workshop, "Positionality: Working Across Difference," that addresses concrete issues, which have come up in our work and for groups we work with, to help support organizing and research for justice. As many of us work across different communities, we want to make sure that we enter new spaces with integrity. Does our behavior--not just our rhetoric--respect and honor community leadership? Do we think about who we are--and what that means--in relation to those with whom we are working? How can we build community in a way that is genuine and ...

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PDX Positionality Training– Oct 22 and 24

Join us October 22nd or  24th for our Positionality Training: Working Across Difference This training is for community members to consider: How can I examine the complexity of my own identity and how it relates to race, class, power, gender, and privilege? How do I perceive others and how am I perceived when entering a community? How does this affect my work? How do I authentically recognize differences and build on similarities with others? How can I connect meaningfully and contribute to community-led work? Together we'll share different perspectives ...

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NYC Creative Expression: Framing Workshop

Creative practices, in their many forms, help us realize PAR principles by actively including different voices, modes of expression, and styles of participation to generate and build knowledge together. On September 15th, PARCEO and el Museo del Barrio hosted the "Creative Expression: Framing" workshop to explore the power of framing and storytelling. In this session we: Practiced different forms of storytelling Explored different art activities and visual narrative techniques Saw how documentation, storytelling and image analysis connect to organizing and ...

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PDX Facilitation

  Facilitation can make or break a meeting or event, especially when navigating differing viewpoints, goals, or participants from diverse backgrounds. This past week in Portland, Oregon, individuals from over 10 different organizations and communities came together to consider how Participatory Action Research (PAR) provides a helpful framework to approach many of the facilitation challenges we face in our work and lives. Some of the unique areas explored in these two trainings included: How to facilitate a multilingual session that minimizes the privileging ...

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#barrioedphl–Beginning with PAR

Last month PARCEO's Institute for Community Leadership and Fieldwork had the honor of joining a collective of undergrad student researchers from Bryn Mawr, Swarthmore, and Haverford colleges in Philadelphia. Together we explored the principles of Participatory Action Research (PAR) as part of laying the ground work for ‪#‎barrioedphl‬--an ongoing partnership between the colleges and the community that "seeks to connect Latino core communities in Philadelphia and share information about education and other social issues".  Students consider their own previous ...

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Transnational Feminism + PAR

PARCEO doing a workshop on Participatory Action Research as a social justice framework for organizing and research with Chandra Talpade Mohanty's wonderful Practice of Transnational Feminism class at Syracuse University. We look forward to continuing the amazing conversation and analysis started during our session together!

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Whose Voices Matter: Creating a Transformative Educational Community

On March 21st, PARCEO took part in NYCoRE's 2015 conference "Justice not Just- Tests". Yasmin and Nina facilitated PARCEO's workshop "Whose Voices Matter: Creating a Transformative Educational Community," with 25 participants from various educational contexts, from high school and graduate students to teachers and community organizations. The session provided an overview of PAR and how it can be used to create a just and inclusive school community centered around students, parents and educators, particularly those marginalized in our current system. The session also ...

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