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Hi!!  My name is Kama, artist, activist and now writer!

I am from the Barefoot Guide Connection.  We are a global community of over 300 social change practitioners, activists and artists, dedicated to publishing innovative, accessible and proven approaches to social change from around the world. 

We have already published 4 Barefoot Guides, all freely  downloadable from our website.  Here are the first 4 we published in many languages... and another 4 are being written as we speak (with your help we will finish these and write more):



Check out our video...



Hello, I am Roberto...

As Kama mentioned, we are writing 4 more Barefoot Guides... we do this through a unique approach, called Writeshops, or writing workshops. These Writeshops help experienced social change practitioners, leaders or activists to find their 'writing voice' to tell their stories and give their valuable insights, to share with the world, helping to support dynamic social change.



Writing groups fully engaged in creative Writeshopping! Top left: Barefoot Guide 4, Johannesburg, 2014 - Top right: Barefoot Guide on Inclusive Development, Netherlands, 2016 – Below: Barefoot Guide on Seed, Harare 2016.



These are the Barefoot Guides being written at the moment


The Barefoot Guide on Inclusive Development…

...how everyone can be included, despite their differences or "disabilities".  This Guide is being written by 19 writers bringing stories of successful inclusive programmes from 16 countries  The text is almost done, now being edited by a team of 6, while the illustrators wait to begin. This one will be in full colour to reflect the theme that all must be included! It should be published by August this year.



The Barefoot Guide: The Story of Seed

… how seeds are the source of life and describing the sacred practices of family farmers and communities in protecting, multiplying and sharing seeds so that they are not monopolised by the few.  Held by the Seed Knowledge Initiative with 18 practitioners, researchers and farmer leaders from Southern Africa, has had one writeshop in Zimbabwe… and a second one is happening in June in South Africa..



The Barefoot Guide to Transformative Evaluation

... how, in a world beset by technical and managerial compliance and accountability, we can ground evaluation in participative learning and research, as a source of knowledge and a guide to fruitful action. Held by F3E of France with CDRA in South Africa and Instituto Fonte in Brazil. In late 2017 the F3E will convene a Writeshop to begin the writing of a fresh set of practices on evaluation to support transformative practice.


The Barefoot Guide to Generative Leadership

... how the future requires the kind of leadership that generates life, creativity and possibility, challenging humanity to see and be different. Held by the Leading Causes of Life Fellowship (who were behind Barefoot Guide 3)  the first writeshop will take place in October 2017 in Cape Town.




Hi there... I am Bernard. What else are we doing?

Roberto spoke about Writeshops. Well, we not only facilitate Writeshops but we also train Writeshop Facilitators, to spread this valuable skill.

Part of this is continually researching and developing our methods and resources, both to improve them and to adapt them to different cultures and contexts. For example, we are now developing a game inspired by the Barefoot Guide 4 : The PowerTalk Social Change Game, which we will release later this year.

We have experienced the power of horizontal learning and collaboration and wish to use this power to enable cross-fertilisation of materials resources and human resourcefulness.

A better world will not come from the cunning plans of a few power holders but from the empowered and generous co-learning and co-working of the multitudes of good people in every corner of our planet. We can and will make it so!

These are the writers of the very first Barefoot Guide: working with organisations and social change.




What have others said about us...

This unusual and exceptional volume (and series) is hugely accessible yet deeply rooted in solid theory and extensive practice across a wide range of contexts and fields. Expect from it something truly unique in its combination of insight, reflection, experience and highly usable mixed text/visual presentation. It is not "dumbed down." I have seen it bite as deeply at high academic and professional level as at grassroots community leadership level, an astonishing achievement worth honouring.
Professor Jim Cochrane Cape Town

The Barefoot Guides have been the key influences in my life and work… my constant companions in my community and organisational development work.
Marie Corcoran-tindill, Trainer, Facilitator of community and group processes, Dublin

The Barefoot initiative is itself an exciting expression of social change.
Inez Hackenberg, Utrecht University

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

The Barefoot Guide's transformative process… shows us the way to transcend borders, sectors, limits, to break the silos! Vincent Stevaux, ITECO, Bruxelles

Barefoot Guide has been creating phenomenal content for the critical process of experiential reflection at both individual and organizational levels. Jesse Chen, Changemakers, Washington

…a wonderful contribution to open access knowledge, grounded on a great depth of experience and horizontal learning from across the world. Samantha Button, East Africa Program Head, Maliasili
…the Barefoot Guide collection is having a great influence, especially the lives of field workers and communities. Muta Wakilu Tamasco, Ghana

The Barefoot Guide Connection has a unique and truly transformational approach to collaboration, learning and facilitating social, transformational change across borders. Tobias Troll Director, EDGE Europe at EDGE Funders Alliance, Bruxelles

...And much more, but it gets indecent!

Please support us to take this work further!

 
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Hi!!  My name is Kama, artist, activist and now writer!

I am from the Barefoot Guide Connection.  We are a global community of over 300 social change practitioners, activists and artists, dedicated to publishing innovative, accessible and proven approaches to social change from around the world. 

We have already published 4 Barefoot Guides, all freely  downloadable from our website.  Here are the first 4 we published in many languages... and another 4 are being written as we speak (with your help we will finish these and write more):



Check out our video...



Hello, I am Roberto...

As Kama mentioned, we are writing 4 more Barefoot Guides... we do this through a unique approach, called Writeshops, or writing workshops. These Writeshops help experienced social change practitioners, leaders or activists to find their 'writing voice' to tell their stories and give their valuable insights, to share with the world, helping to support dynamic social change.



Writing groups fully engaged in creative Writeshopping! Top left: Barefoot Guide 4, Johannesburg, 2014 - Top right: Barefoot Guide on Inclusive Development, Netherlands, 2016 – Below: Barefoot Guide on Seed, Harare 2016.



These are the Barefoot Guides being written at the moment


The Barefoot Guide on Inclusive Development…

...how everyone can be included, despite their differences or "disabilities".  This Guide is being written by 19 writers bringing stories of successful inclusive programmes from 16 countries  The text is almost done, now being edited by a team of 6, while the illustrators wait to begin. This one will be in full colour to reflect the theme that all must be included! It should be published by August this year.



The Barefoot Guide: The Story of Seed

… how seeds are the source of life and describing the sacred practices of family farmers and communities in protecting, multiplying and sharing seeds so that they are not monopolised by the few.  Held by the Seed Knowledge Initiative with 18 practitioners, researchers and farmer leaders from Southern Africa, has had one writeshop in Zimbabwe… and a second one is happening in June in South Africa..



The Barefoot Guide to Transformative Evaluation

... how, in a world beset by technical and managerial compliance and accountability, we can ground evaluation in participative learning and research, as a source of knowledge and a guide to fruitful action. Held by F3E of France with CDRA in South Africa and Instituto Fonte in Brazil. In late 2017 the F3E will convene a Writeshop to begin the writing of a fresh set of practices on evaluation to support transformative practice.


The Barefoot Guide to Generative Leadership

... how the future requires the kind of leadership that generates life, creativity and possibility, challenging humanity to see and be different. Held by the Leading Causes of Life Fellowship (who were behind Barefoot Guide 3)  the first writeshop will take place in October 2017 in Cape Town.




Hi there... I am Bernard. What else are we doing?

Roberto spoke about Writeshops. Well, we not only facilitate Writeshops but we also train Writeshop Facilitators, to spread this valuable skill.

Part of this is continually researching and developing our methods and resources, both to improve them and to adapt them to different cultures and contexts. For example, we are now developing a game inspired by the Barefoot Guide 4 : The PowerTalk Social Change Game, which we will release later this year.

We have experienced the power of horizontal learning and collaboration and wish to use this power to enable cross-fertilisation of materials resources and human resourcefulness.

A better world will not come from the cunning plans of a few power holders but from the empowered and generous co-learning and co-working of the multitudes of good people in every corner of our planet. We can and will make it so!

These are the writers of the very first Barefoot Guide: working with organisations and social change.




What have others said about us...

This unusual and exceptional volume (and series) is hugely accessible yet deeply rooted in solid theory and extensive practice across a wide range of contexts and fields. Expect from it something truly unique in its combination of insight, reflection, experience and highly usable mixed text/visual presentation. It is not "dumbed down." I have seen it bite as deeply at high academic and professional level as at grassroots community leadership level, an astonishing achievement worth honouring.
Professor Jim Cochrane Cape Town

The Barefoot Guides have been the key influences in my life and work… my constant companions in my community and organisational development work.
Marie Corcoran-tindill, Trainer, Facilitator of community and group processes, Dublin

The Barefoot initiative is itself an exciting expression of social change.
Inez Hackenberg, Utrecht University

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

The Barefoot Guide's transformative process… shows us the way to transcend borders, sectors, limits, to break the silos! Vincent Stevaux, ITECO, Bruxelles

Barefoot Guide has been creating phenomenal content for the critical process of experiential reflection at both individual and organizational levels. Jesse Chen, Changemakers, Washington

…a wonderful contribution to open access knowledge, grounded on a great depth of experience and horizontal learning from across the world. Samantha Button, East Africa Program Head, Maliasili
…the Barefoot Guide collection is having a great influence, especially the lives of field workers and communities. Muta Wakilu Tamasco, Ghana

The Barefoot Guide Connection has a unique and truly transformational approach to collaboration, learning and facilitating social, transformational change across borders. Tobias Troll Director, EDGE Europe at EDGE Funders Alliance, Bruxelles

...And much more, but it gets indecent!

Please support us to take this work further!

 

Recent posts by The Barefoot Guide Connection

Rewards
Follow Social Media
$1 or more per month 0 patrons
OK... you can do this anyway but now you know it will be especially for you!
Your name mentioned on our website
$5 or more per month 0 patrons
We will acknowledge your contribution on our website.
A colourful Barefoot Guide T-Shirt
$15 or more per month 0 patrons
With this logo... (and your name mentioned on our website)
A free copy of each new Barefoot Guide
$25 or more per month 0 patrons
We will publish your name as a sponsor of the next Barefoot Guide (and the next if you continue to contribute)
Hall of Fame and free copies
$50 or more per month 0 patrons
We will acknowledge your wonderful contribution on the website and in all future Barefoot Guides and you get free copies of new Barefoot Guides