In Paulo Freire's posthumously published Pedagogy of Indignation he challenged each of us to move beyond the prevailing discourse, the norm and the limitations of, let us say, closed minded realpolitik thinking. Instead Freire challenges stakeholders of all sorts to catalyze a pedagogy of possibility: we have arrived at this moment because of choices and decisions; our future will be made similarly; Freire makes it plain: preparing youth to navigate the choices (or seek alternatives) and empowering youth to make globally responsible decisions will, under the circumstances, most likely determine whether the 21st century descends into chaos or forges community. MLK foresaw these challenges 40 years ago. The challenges are upon us whether we resolve them or not.
We are participating in critical and innovative cross sector partnership discussions rooted in systems based analysis catalyzing transformative pedagogical praxis on the cutting edge of non-profit work eating away at a diverse range of inequalities uniquely manifesting in New Orleans but present across our nation and the globe.
The following two slides should remind us of the urgency of our work. They speak for themselves: