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Friday, June 14

1:30pm MDT

Introduction to Pedagogy of the Oppressed: Conscientization and Problematization
Limited Capacity seats available

In this hands-on workshop we'll explore foundational concepts of Paulo Freire's Pedagogy of the Oppressed and how they can underscore community analysis of oppressions and ways to take action. With praxis as our goal we'll build culture circles to generate themes for analysis, reflection, and action!

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Charles Adams

University of Minnesota
I've been practicing both PO and TO since 1995 in both school and community settings. I'm also on the board of PTO. 
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Mary C. Parker

Master's Student, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama
Mary C. Parker is a Master’s student studying Applied Theatre at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London, England and Board of Director for Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed, Inc. Prior to returning to school, Mary utilized her expertise in dialogue facilitation and... Read More →

Friday June 14, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm MDT
Aspen 003 (Lower Level) 2200 Bonforte Blvd, Pueblo, CO 81001, USA
Saturday, June 15

9:00am MDT

Changing Civic Capacity: Applying Popular Education Pedagogy to Public Money
Limited Capacity seats available

Program Description: Come learn about Participatory Budgeting(PB)--An emerging method that gives the people control over public money. 

Abstract: There is nothing more sexy than public budgets? Am I right? However, despite their power to bore folks to tears, budgets communicate priorities and values more so than any mechanism of politics and public life. And, in an era of widespread resistance and dissatisfaction with the established political parties and governance norms, people are demanding an end to politics as usual, this includes spending tax dollars without involving and engaging the people. 

Here is the good news. Despite the dominance of minimal democracy and non participatory structures, there are proven methods of participatory democracy. This session will focus on one emerging practice: Participatory Budgeting (PB), a process that emerged out of post-dictatorship restructuring in Brazil and for the last 30 years it has demonstrated its potential to increase civic capacity, increase government effectiveness and broaden political participation. PB is a process that allows the public to propose, design and vote on projects that are funded through public funds.

This session will provide an overview of PB, its history, and relevant cases. We will also conduct a mock PB session to get a feel for its potential to transform models of civic engagement. Participants will leave with knowledge of PB cases, a summary of the presenter’s research, and an expanded imagination of the potential for this participatory democratic process. 

Challenging Questions
1. What is PB, and why is it relevant to your work?;
2. How do those who participate in PB demonstrate changes in their civic capacity?;
3. What does a PB process look like, and how does it feel to be a part of it? 


Amanda Hudson

Ph.D. Candidate & Education & Research Coordinator, Portland State University
Amanda Hudson is a Ph.D. Candidate in Urban Studies, specializing in Community Development and Popular Education at Portland State University. Her research on Participatory Budgeting focuses on its potential to make civic engagement relevant and fun, and its potential to increase... Read More →

Saturday June 15, 2019 9:00am - 10:30am MDT
Aspen 003 (Lower Level) 2200 Bonforte Blvd, Pueblo, CO 81001, USA