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be the change

teacher, activist, global citizen

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Edited By Rita Verma

This book examines the ways young people engage in action, dialogue, and activism, and how they become global citizens. The essays in the book illustrate how young people with deep convictions on how to change the world make a difference in their communities. The community becomes the classroom, and their activism the true lesson. Possible «utopias» are realized with every effort to engage in activism, to be an advocate for both oneself and others, and with each critical engagement with oppression. These young activists are the unsung heroes and theirs are the victories in current educational debates. Moving away from theoretical debates on multicultural and progressive education, this book illustrates how youth action, curriculum strategies and creative writing, service learning projects, advocacy work at community-based and grassroots organizations, and global initiatives can result in real-life victories.

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Part Four: International Contexts and Global Citizenship 237

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• P A R T F O U R • International Contexts and Global Citizens • C H A P T E R E I G H T E E N • The Dialogue Project: Israeli-Palestinian Dialogue Marcia Kannry David Bohm on dialogue: Dialogue is a stream of meaning flowing among us and through us and between us. And this shared meaning is the “glue” or “cement” that holds people and societies together. Guidelines for Dialogue TURN OFF CELL PHONES 1 No interruption 2 Time limit (no one dominates) 3 Speak from the I—I feel, I had an experience which helps me know this, feel-this, believe this. When I heard Susan say_____, I felt _____, because_____. 4 Confidentiality—No one is quoted by name out of the room. We may discuss that we are in a dialogue and someone said something interesting, but no names. 5 Active and Reflective Listening Active—to be present, to hear with out preparing a response. To take in. To silence our background conversation. Reflection—Check in, reflect what you heard the other person has said, and ask that person if you got it right, the intent as well as the words. 6 Generous listening—listening for the emotions and naming the emotions of the speaker so they feel truly heard and acknowledged; their experience is their experience and it is sacred and real for them. •BE THE CHANGE• 240 Transformative Dialogue—Stretching Our Insides— Changing Our Reality Who and What On New Year’s Day, 2007, I traveled to...

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