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We Didn’t Start the Fire II

June 22, 2018 – November 30, 2018

How might we...

  • How might we evolve the way we do political education to prepare for transitions?

Hypothesis

If we are coordinating political education more explicitly, we will meet the needs of the movement in the face of structural transitions.

Design

Determine list of people to interview.

Develop interview questions.

Interview prioritized folks.

Share all interview notes in our experiment folders.

Make meaning together of interviews.

Determine next steps, convening? Zoom meeting? Other?

 

What is the ideal timeline for all of these items, can they happen by the end of September or mid October?

  • Determine list of people to interview.
  • Develop interview questions.
  • Interview prioritized folks.
  • Share all interview notes in our experiment folders.
  • Make meaning together of interviews. 
  • Determine next steps, convening? Zoom meeting?

Interview Questions

  • What the essence and purpose of political education?
  • What are the distinctive features of political education content?
  • How is there a fostering of an understanding of the systemic nature of the crisis?  (what is happening right now?)
    • If you were going to foster an understanding of the systemic nature of the crisis. what key elements would you include?/components of current context most important to explore ?
    • History, the big picture, broad arch – appreciation of arch of history. Ex. how many years did slavery last – what is the impact? How many years were wars being fought with Indians or peaceful co-existence. Don’t know details that this is an arch, it isn’t an end. Factors and threads that come together and when expand it a little bit and role of US in global reality – migration and immigration. History as key to open pathways…
  • Are there efforts to connect and coordinate political educators / education across sectors of the movement? What constellations are you connected to?

Metrics

GOAL | MEASURE

 

Is there enough alignment to consider coordination?

If we didn’t execute the interviews it would be a failure. 

 

Success is talking 7-10 political educators. We’re trying to test energy to identify a set of people and 3-5 want to do a follow up phone call. 

Minimum standards: Talking to below five. 

 

Collecting data: we will fill out a survey and use a form to take notes in. Even if it’s simple where the questions are in the document, we have an agreement about what’s being documented. Possible to record interviews through audio and video. 

 

Goals: walking away with a sense of whether there’s alignment on goals. How do people think of the purpose of political education? We want to understand if there’s energy to open a conversation. 

 

Learnings

We want content that helps people explore and expand their understanding of the systemic nature of the crisis we are in (economic, social) – systemic roots of oppression and exploitation in how it shapes strategy and tactics. Second layer is how to develop strategy and tactics and what is the difference?  Systemic nature guides strategy and strategy guides tactics. 

 

We found out that there is a mapping project around political education by Grassroots Policy Project. 

 

We crafted a list of political educators across sectors that we want to talk with.

Decisions

Regroup at next in person network meeting.

Questions

Accountable Jill, Sarita, Judith
Team Jill, Sarita, Judith
Documents Design + LogExperiment Folder
Modified September 2, 2019
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