Creative ideas, stories, practices and resources
from social change leaders and practitioners from around the world
“Going barefoot is the gentlest way of walking and can symbolise a way of living - being authentic, vulnerable, sensitive to our surroundings. It’s the feeling of enjoying warm sand beneath our toes, or carefully making our way over sharp rocks in the darkness. It’s a way of living that has the lightest impact, removing the barrier between us and nature." Adele Coombs, Barefoot Dreaming
Barefoot Guides currently being written
About the Barefoot Guide Connection
The Barefoot Guide Connection is a global community of practice from dozens of countries, on every continent, dedicated to promoting the writing and sharing of real stories, approaches, ideas and resources about effective social development and change practice.
Through online or face-to-face storytelling and action learning based case study writing, we support on-the-ground practitioners to write their stories of practice, helping them to better see and value their experience and appreciate the insights and wisdom they can offer to others.
Through writeshops (writing workshops) and support, we can help your team, organisation or community of practice to write your own stories and publications about social change initiatives, including new Barefoot Guides.
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Taking Agroecology to Scale
Learning from the experiences of
Natural Farming in India
A ground-breaking publi-cation on Community-managed Natural Farming (CNF) as practised by almost 1 million farmers in Andhra Pradesh state in India. The government there has committed to the transition of ALL six million farmers by 2030, mobilising all their resources and civil society behind it. It is one of the big, hopeful stories of our time and may show the way for so many more to follow.
This booklet comes from a learning exchange with the Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA) who are learning from CNF in their promotion of Agroecology across Africa.
The Barefoot Guide Connection facilitated the booklet's production and provided language editing.
Go to the AFSA website to Download
How are Barefoot Guides produced?
Barefoot Guides are produced by various communities of practice who approach the Barefoot Guide Connection team to facilitate and support them to do so.
We facilitate a series of "writeshops" of practitioners and leaders to design the Guide they wish to produce and then to surface and develop stories of change practice, with reflections and perspectives from these. These can be done online or face-to-face.
We accompany editorial teams to further refine and develop the drafts into the final writings, to work with illustrators and then to bring the Guide to publication.
WHAT HAVE OTHERS SAID ABOUT THE bAREFOOT gUIDES...
The Barefoot Guides have been the key influences in my life and work… my constant companions in my community and organisational development work.