Teach PC!?

mgd5 at cornell.edu mgd5 at cornell.edu
Wed May 27 08:39:49 EDT 1998

The First People of the Americas have a philosophical basis for diversity 
management derived from many practises, but usually based on Thanksgiving 
(kanonweratonsera). In the Thanksgiving address there is an appreciation 
for every thing in creation even that "Creator". Every thing has a gift, 
a gift we humans find useful for our sustenance and life. We may laud the 
flowers, the food plants, and animal life, but we are also aware of 
thistles, turkey buzzards, and snakes. So when we give thanks for the 
birds for instance, we're also giving thanks for the buzzards as well.  
As members of the living world, people also have gifts. We give thanks 
for the male-kind and female-kind and their gifts.

It is only recently among Amerindians, with nearly half our people living
in urban settings, that the "I-Thou" relationship to the world is being
replaced by the "I-It". 

It was pleasure to read of your work.


On Tue, 26 May 1998, goebel wrote:

> I have had really good results using a experiential learning process which 
> I call Consensus Building and Conflict Resolution.  This process is 
> founded on the principle of honoring all people and listening with 
> respect.  I am conscious of balancing power to reduce the possibility of 
> power-related conflicts.
> I also work with human nature, as I see it, by acknowledging our response 
> to see many things from a "survival of self" or fear-based perspective 
> instinctively, then focusing on a "community wellbeing" or hope-based 
> perspective.
> I have used this process with all kinds of people and cultures ranging 
> from Native Americans, Africans (Malawi), European originated people in 
> the United States, Canada, and Australia, and even universities (which is 
> a breed unto itself - sorry about the bias).  I have used this with women 
> / men groups, various occupations (agriculture, business, education, and 
> government service), and various ages (3-70+).
> There are many methods as there are people and individual learning styles. 
>  This seems to work consistently for me.  Hope this helps.
> Carl Jeffry Goebel
> WSU-Kellogg Holistic Management Project
> 125 Clark Hall
> P.O. Box 646310
> Pullman, WA  99164-6310
> Phone: (509)335-7342
> Fax: (509)335-1082
> Excellence can be attained if you...
> Care more than others think is wise,
> Risk more than others think is safe,
> Dream more than others think is practical,
> Expect more than others think is possible.
> -----Original Message-----
> From:	Jenny [SMTP:jenny at dsrt.com]
> Sent:	Monday, May 25, 1998 10:47 AM
> To:	permaculture at listserv.oit.unc.edu
> Subject:	Teach PC!?
> I want to start a discussion about teaching styles and
> methods that have been proven effective primarily in the
> United States and are slowly integrated in other
> cultural regions.
> The importance of permaculture being tought at it's
> highest level to everyone everywhere is a challenge.
> Is it a matter of how to teach, for example, children
> on their level of maturity, intelligence, backround,
> culture.....and attention span.
> Some teaching methods have been proven to be more
> effective than others. Independent on the approach
> the material and it's value shall not be compromised.
> Obviously, different alleys are needed to reach
> different target groups.
> PC thought in "Lecture Style" vs.Experiential
> Teaching/Learning, Seminar style vs. whatever unique
> style and methods of reaching and teaching.
> How do these methods sacrifice their effectiveness
> depending on the culture and history of the region
> or country?
> Thanks for your thoughts
> Jenny Cocq

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