‘Every moment of business as usual is a lost moment for making change’ (Time to Listen). I recently read a great article written by Robert Chambers on the Participation, Power, and Social Change blog talking about the great innovations in and proliferation of participatory methodologies. Many development professionals are coming to realize that we cannot continue with business (top-down development) as usual. The importance of competent facilitation, self-reflexivity, and listening to and respecting those at the grassroots with whom we work are cornerstones of our Community-Based Development Certificate program and our work. Through continuous mutual learning in the field our instructors then take what they learn and facilitate our courses in a way that everyone can share and learn from each others’ experiences while keeping up with best practices in bottom-up community development.
The Community-Based Development Certificate course calendar has been scheduled through the end of 2013. Registration for the Spring Session I of online courses closes end of day Sunday, January 20 so register now to become a part of “the quiet revolution of proliferating Participatory Methodologies”. Register online: http://villageearth.org/