Rehearsing Change: Finding, Telling and Transforming the Development Story
90 minute to 2-hour presentation/workshop in which participants must rethink development as a story.
The presentation suggests that the very problem with the Development Story is our role. We are its receivers and its observers, perhaps even perpetuating the conflicts through a lack of engagement. The presentation transitions into an interactive workshop that explores an arts-based, multi-cultural, educational methodology for finding, re-creating, re-telling and transforming this story through a local to global dialogical process. While directed to a general audience, this presentation/workshop is especially apt for those with interests in: participatory/activist/applied research, the Applied Arts (especially theatre and dance), social justice, Development Studies, Latin American Studies, Sociology, Anthropology, Geography and Peace and Conflict Studies.
The presentation/workshop usually presents the reality of the Ecuadorian Amazon Rainforest as a case study for the Development Story, introducing local indigenous communities, transnational companies, the government, and the natural/mythical forest as the characters.
Fair Trade Study Abroad: international education as a decolonizing force
60 to 90 minute presentation that examines a new philosophy for Study Abroad, in which it is applied to local community development.
Using our Rehearsing Change program as a case study, we ask participants to reconsider study abroad for its potential in providing simultaneous and equal educational opportunities for local community members. The presentation suggests a Fair-Trade Learning model and Applied Study Abroad as the future of international education.
A Balancing Act: Local Realities and Global Interests in the Ecuadorian Amazon
60 to 90 minute presentation focused completely on the Ecuadorian Amazon and related development issues. Themes covered:
General history of Development in the Ecuadorian Amazon
Biodiversity in the Ecuadorian Amazon
Cultural Diversity in the Ecuadorian Amazon
Oil and mining in the Amazon
Case Studies: Chevron-Texaco lawsuit, Non-contacted indigenous peoples of the Ecuadorian Amazon
The future prognosis
A proposal for change – a brief explanation of how the Pachaysana Institute bridges the divide between Local Realities and Global Interests