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By tomorrow, I will have experienced all program components of Public Allies in only 3 days time.  Breakdown:

Yesterday:
9 Hours of Placement
2 Hours of Coaching
2.5 Hours of TSP Planning Meeting

Today:
7 Hours of Training

Tomorrow:
4 Hours of SPEAK UP!

It’s all coming together, and it feels like as an entire cohort, we’re really onto something different, something good, something unheard of according to the Program Managers.  Still vague, still confusing, but I think we’re planning something great.  Note to self though: after all the planning is through, execution and adaptation are still key.

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 Our past training on power, privilege and oppression has warped much of my thinking. It broke the puzzle that I had so neatly constructed as it threw the pieces all over the ground, similar to the way an angry child who does not know how to control their emotions does. And now my puzzle pieces are all over the floor…now what?

 In the context of social justice I doubt that it’s  a case of putting these pieces together. Maybe they’re suppose to be all over the floor. Maybe this shift in paradigm that comes with opposing the binary and dismantling systems is suppose to be an angry child throwing puzzle pieces. Why? Because that carefully constructed puzzle of a supposed “masterpiece” that are our institutions, is not working.

All of this turns a rather irrelevant turn into what I’m actually getting to. So, picture this; there I am completely thwarted after our training and I come home antsy. Feeling uncomfortable and not finding my place for some reason or another. As I decide I need a moment to myself, a moment of clarity,recognition and familiarity what do I do? 

 I grab my laptop and  drive to the nearest Starbucks. I needed time to think, reflect, and have a space to jot down my thoughts. Compliments of the Public Allies program.       

 But wait ,was it really going to be over a cup of chai?

Guess so.

 My “moment” of…whatever it is that I thought I needed turned into the purchase of a cup of chai and some pumpkin bread. Was my moment gone? Or did I just share it with Starbucks? That conglomerate of a monster corporation that is slowly leaking in to our communities; sometimes wanted, sometimes deeply loathed. Responsible for the commodification of the tranquility and intimacy of a coffee visit.

 Wait, did Starbucks did just commodify my “moment”? Yup.

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During one icebreaker where allies were asked to quote a line from one of their favorite movies, I tried to mimic the imperial scout droid sent to scan the planet Hoth.

…I’m referring to this memory because today was a long, tense, and draining day of training on power, privilege, & race, followed up by a much-needed TSP debrief.  So what I’m doing is digressing to a humorous moment to avoid processing a more tense situation.  Just a part of my own process…

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