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Mango presentation 2


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Mango presentation 2

  1. 1. A community-building approach to compelling residential learning experiences<br />
  2. 2. The Mango Story – Tanzanian Roots<br />At the heart of a village large mango trees provide shelter from the sun. <br />In this shade the community gathers for the business of living: <br />Playing; Resting; Making Decisions; Working; Resolving Disputes ... <br />
  3. 3. What it’s not: Community as ‘Sentiment’<br />Cosy<br />‘People Like Us’: assumption of commonality / homogeneity<br />Difference is disruptive<br />Disruption is problematic<br />
  4. 4. Community as methodology for learning and governance<br />Respect – for self & others<br />Appreciation of Difference<br />Mutuality / Reciprocity<br />Participation: we work it out together, whatever ‘it’ is.<br />
  5. 5. How does it work in practice? <br /><ul><li>Clarity of purpose,
  6. 6. Careful and flexible design
  7. 7. Clean and Creative relationships</li></ul>Clarity is of course easier to said than achieved.<br />
  8. 8. Clarity of Purpose<br />We have to know why we’re doing this.<br /><ul><li>At least for the children
  9. 9. Ideally for the adults too</li></ul>Without this clarity staff are disempowered and children become confused about boundaries.<br />
  10. 10. Careful & Flexible Design: basic structural components<br />Community Gatherings: play & business<br />Home Group: ‘holding’, reflection & learning<br />Council: decision making<br />Subject-specific learning activities<br />Semi-structured down time<br />
  11. 11. Clean and Creative Relationships<br />Authority in authenticity rather than role<br />Staying curious rather than knowing<br />All participants are participants in learning, taking risks, having a laugh ...<br />
  12. 12. This is really hard work! Is it worth it?<br />Yes<br />If you believe that through authentic, creative relationships human beings help each other to realise unimagined potential.<br />