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The Flower Of Praxis (a work in progress)

To see the picture I'm referring to, click on "continue reading" below

This is an image that I've been using in workshops lately to explain the process of both Participatory Action Research and Popular Education. Its a picture in progress. and I've gotten a lot of positive feedback on it as a rough drawing on poster pater, and promised workshop participants that I would create it in photoshop to be able to send around. I'm posting this draft version to get feedback from you. Does it make sense? Should it be called the Flower of Conscientization through Praxis? Or the Flower of Organizing through Praxis or the Flower of Popular Education through Praxis? Does the language work for you? Should I give the leaves longer stems? (I think so) Should I add "socio-economic" to "reflect on personal experiences?" and add "to change structures of oppression" to "take informed action"?  What do you think??

Thanks! When the final draft is ready, I'll add an attachment in resources that people can download

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2 COMMENTS ON THIS POST To “The Flower Of Praxis (a work in progress)”

  1. Jean September 11, 2012 at 10:12 am

    Hi,I am a current phD student at National University Maynooth Ireland. Your Praxis Flower has greatly inspired me. I am undertaking research in PAR within social movements and I’m also a member of PRAXIS popular edcuation group in ireland . I have been confused of lately as to where my research PAR fitted into PRAXIS popular education and your PRAXIS flower has made sense to be in this questioning. I would very much like to chat more with you and perhaps share some of my work with you. I am in the process of trying to get a website up and running.
    Thank you,

    • levana September 12, 2012 at 6:44 pm

      Hi Jean, I’d love to connect. Please email me at levana a practicingfreedom dot org so we can set up a skype conversation.

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