For Latin America, Colombia, and the peoples of the Caribbean, the city of Cartagena (Colombia) is a place where the colonial legacy is felt, along with traces of resistance against domination and cultural annihilation. Its port, its walls and . . .
Action research is opening up communicative spaces for people to participate on equal terms to deal with practical problems and to liberate themselves from subjugating powers. Ideally, this opening up spurs reform processes and social movements . . .
This essay revisits a fascinating trip to Colombia in 2017. I traveled from my home country of Austria to Colombia to attend the 5th Annual Conference of the Action Research Network of the Americas (ARNA) and the Global Assembly for Knowledge Democracy, which took place the day after the close of the conference. I begin with a kaleidoscopic view back to 2017 and . . .
Klagenfurt am Wörthersee, AT
In the Nordic countries we have a concept closely related to education and understood as an open-ended educational ideal involving growing as a human being to participate in society as a democratic citizen. This concept is bildning in Swedish and is hard to translate into English. Most often the German word bildung is used. . .
I begin this essay, reflecting on the genesis, development and experience of the 2017 Global Assembly for Knowledge Democracy I co-chaired with Lonnie Rowell, with these words from Wiradjuri language, an Australian First Nation language community located in the state of . . .
In June of 2017 some 350 people gathered at the Convention Center in Cartagena, Colombia, for a social experiment on Knowledge Democracy. The daylong event – The 1st Global Assembly for Knowledge Democracy – was organized by the Action Research Network of the Americas in partnership with the global Pedagogy, Education, and Praxis Network based . . .
Rio Rancho, NM, US
The image I offer for this essay is intended to disturb. Although the visual system, as it does when invited to view an image, searches for a resting place or focal point, here there are myriad directions of travel. Overall, the viewer will start noticing that it depicts communication and connectivity in a disorderly urban setting. For me, there . . .
Glasgow, SCT, GB
In preparing to write this essay I reread the article that appeared in Educational Action Research by Janel Seeley, Mary McAteer, César Osorio Sánchez, and Yuliana Kenfield, (2019) that examined the impact of the Global Assembly for Knowledge Democracy. In it, they note that there was a miscommunication in the advertising for the Assembly, which resulted in . . .
Tampa, FL, US
As a scholar interested in decolonial and participatory research, I attended the 2017 ARNA conference not only with the hope of listening to ground-breaking research agendas but with the aspiration to start a different line of conversations with . . .
Doing a reflection on the June 2017 Assembly for Knowledge Democracy in Cartagena after 5 years is both exciting and overwhelming. Exciting because it reminds me of the hard work involved with the preparation and execution of the event . . .
Rio de Janeiro, BR
In this essay about knowledge democracy, I delineated how Scandinavians have worked toward knowledge democracy, including Research Circles and the Scandinavian popular education tradition, the impact of dialogue conferences, and industrial democracy as process. Understandings of the power of knowledge and beliefs in democracy by Scandinavians have been . . .