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Emily commented on Kumekucha: It's a New Dawn

Wow! Angi, reading through all of your ideas has been an incredibly interesting start to my day! One of my favorite bits of wisdom you've shared: "It is not complicated but rather by simplifying the materials (through image, story and the cultural context) we have actually created a place for people without a Bachelors, Masters and PhD degrees – but with life experience to move very deep in their understanding about how trauma and compounded stress can affect decision making, community wellness, governance issues, social healing, and the in ability for people to enter into a “real” conversation about grievances, injustice and the inability to change the future of their lives and their social interactions within and beyond their communities."

This feels so, so key in everything we do. Acknowledging that any human is capable of thinking and feeling and leading. I have recently stumbled into Susan Raffo's thoughts and work about healing and trauma, have you heard of her? Here's one piece in particular I have found interesting: http://www.amyvarga.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Resourcing-Fundraising-as-Part-of-Supporting-and-Building-Community.pdf

I feel so strongly that making learning environments that are creative and engaging and collaborative is crucial for peace and prosperity. Empathetic problem-solvers who can analyze and feel for each other...seems like a beautiful combo! Love your ideas and that you're collaborating with schools to make systemic changes. Our organization is a consultant/partner of Parikrma. Hope you've enjoyed working alongside them as much as we have!

I love hearing and seeing the kids playing in the background of the video! It reminds me of our organization's belief in complementing classroom content (in this case financial literacy, math, future-thinking, and goal-setting) with 'Education Outside the Classroom'. We have developed hands-on games and activities (not on the computer!) that are fun for kids to play while also allowing the teacher/coach/facilitator to foster learning and discussion about finances and goal-setting.
If you all were ever interested in expanding to include outdoor play/sport into your methodology, we would be a great fit to collaborate with!