An opportunity to join a Theories of Change Learning Circle: Theories of Change Practice Seminar
The CDRA will be hosting an open, public Theories of Change Practice Seminar in October and launching a Barefoot Guide Study and Learning Circle on the same subject.
At the seminar we will present some of the theories of change behind the work of the practitioners who wrote the BFG4, with some group work and discussion.
And if you would like to apply to join the Theories of Change Study and Learning Circle you will then be able to do so, during or after the seminar. But you are also welcome to come only for the seminar, which will be useful and enjoyable in itself.
When and where? 9th October 2015 from 8.30am to 12.30pm at the CDRA Centre in Woodstock, Cape Town, South-Africa.
Nomvula Dlamini, South Africa I have been an organisation development practitioner with the CDRA since 1st November 1995. Since coming into the organisation, I have had the opportunity and privilege to work with a vast number of organisations including small community-based organisations (CBOs), national non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and northern-based development organisations concerned with social development, poverty reduction and development funding. I have experience in facilitating organisational development, change and learning processes, conducting reviews/evaluations and designing action research processes in search of innovative organisational practices.
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Health, freedom and social justice cannot be separated. Anyone who loves a neighborhood, a nation or a small planet enough to work for its future, inevitably measures success by its health and well-being. How long do the neighbors live, and with what degree of freedom from the burden of illness? Do they have water, food, shelter and access to medical services?
Martin Luther King, who fought and died for political rights, could say that “of all the forms of inequality, injustice in healthcare is the most shocking and inhumane.” Health is one way to describe our capacity to be alive and to play our role as members of families and neighborhoods, indeed as citizens. But how does one choose life for the community? How do we as leaders make sure that our lives are about life and health?
The journey this Barefoot Guide will take you on is a response to those questions! The connection between religion and public health is important. This is not just an opinion but a fact. For example in Africa, depending on the country, anything between 20-70% of public healthcare is delivered through religious institutions or groups. This BFG focuses on understanding and working with that reality. Religious assets for health are everywhere, they matter to a lot of people, and they can be mobilized for the health of all.
It has chapters on: thinking differently about the health of the public; revisiting the history of the link between religion and public health; working with and mobilizing religious health assets; supporting the ‘leading causes of life’; understanding ‘healthworlds’ and the strengths of ‘people who come together’; boundary leadership; thinking about systems; and ‘deep accountability.’
What you are getting in this Barefoot Guide, then, is a way of understanding why we say that, and how you can use these ideas to take up the challenge of health in your own communities—whether you consider yourself especially religious or not! It is an invitation to take a journey, one whose goal is a better life for all.
The Barefoot Guide 2 is a free, downloadable and practical resource for leaders, facilitators and practitioners involved in social change who want to improve and enrich their learning processes. But this is not just another book on organisational learning and social change. It is different in many ways. It is different in that it was not written by one person. Neither is it a collection of essays written by different people. This book is the joint effort of a group of development practitioners from across the globe. We have created something that will help us and others to start, and continue, the journey towards learning and social change.
We (the writers) are all passionate about learning and have brought our different experience and expertise to the book. It includes topics as diverse as community mobilising and development, adult learning, funding, evaluation, facilitation, and creative writing.
This is a practical, do-it-yourself guide for leaders and facilitators wanting to help organisations to function and to develop in more healthy, human and effective ways as they strive to make their contributions to a more humane society. It has been developed by the Barefoot Collective.
The guide, with its supporting website, includes tried and tested concepts, approaches, stories and activities. Its purpose is to help stim-ulate and enrich the practice of anyone supporting organisations and social movements in their challenges of working, learning, growing and changing to meet the needs of our complex world. Although it is aimed at leaders and facilitators of civil society organisations, we hope it will be useful to anyone interested in fostering healthy human organisation in any sphere of life.
The Barefoot Guide is offered free to the world and can be down-loaded on this website: www.barefootguide.org. The website also contains a growing library of additional downloadable exercises, readings, case studies and diagrams to accompany the Barefoot Guide.
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As a trained action learning facilitator their guides have helped me work with grassroots communities in Myanmar and Thailand. Kevina Maddick, Program Manager at Right To Play, Bangkok
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Barefoot Guide has been creating phenomenal content for the critical process of experiential reflection at both individual and organizational levels. Jesse Chen, Changemakers, Washington
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…the Barefoot Guide collection is having a great influence, especially the lives of field workers and communities. Muta Wakilu Tamasco, Ghana
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