2: Our core pedagogy
WoC leaders, we know, grapple with issues affecting their lives, families and community while organizing to solve them in an environment where movement building is increasingly multi-faceted and globalized. Presently and in the future, their work requires a sharp political analysis and the ability to maneuver through volatile and unpredictable situations. It has been shown that leaders operating at higher levels of development will perform better in complex environments such as these. By complementing traditional training or “horizontal development” (focused on developing new skills, abilities, and behaviors), we believe a “vertical development” approach offers a pedagogical framework that gives WoC an important advantage in strengthening their minds’ and bodies’ ability to identify, wrestle with, and push through complex challenges.
Similar to more transactional organizing, transformative organizing teaches political education, mobilization, and strategic power building as methods to address injustice. It differs from transactional organizing, however, in its emphasis on long-term vision, self-awareness, naming and addressing oppression that is replicated in our strategies, and the healing of personal suffering. Transformative Organizing is an outgrowth of community organizers’ dissatisfaction with the short term wins, political setbacks, and the struggles of organizers to maintain balance and fruitful relationships within their personal and professional lives.
How to Incorporate this Pedagogy
How to Use this Guide
Journaling Prompt: The phases of Vertical Development offer a great opportunity for some movement! Use your body to make a shape or a motion that represents: Awake! Unlearn & Discern! Advance! - Then jot down any feelings or ideas that were evoked.
Coloring Page: Black Lives Matter