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Full Name: Erik Badger
NCDD Member Since: Apr. 23, 2003
Contact For: Circles of Change
About Me: Erik Badger has been a student of discussion-based, participatory education since 1993. After graduating from Shimer College - a program which utilizes shared-inquiry to investigate the intellectual classics of the western tradition - he lived in Haiti from 1999 to 2001. While there, he worked as an associate of Limye Lavi to introduce discussion-based education into the formal and informal educational sectors through the development and implementation of a program called Wonn Refleksyon (Reflection Circles). Since returning to the U.S., Erik has earned an M.A. in Social and Cultural Foundations in Education from DePaul University, Chicago. He continues to visit Haiti regularly and consults informally for the Touchstones Discussion Project, the U.S.-based education project upon which Wonn Refleksyon is modeled.
My Interest Areas: alternative education, critical education
My Work
Organization Name: Circles of Change
Description: Circles of Change is a 6-month training program that emerged after years of experimenting and piloting. Beyond Borders Haitian and expatriate staff began introducing Open Space and Reflection Circles (called Touchstones Discussions in the U.S.) to numerous Haitian organizations and groups in 1996 and 1997. Among us were decades of combined experience in education, management and leadership. We discovered that an effective way to help people develop skills in dialog, respectful collaboration, and participatory teaching and leadership was to have groups of 18-25 engage in weekly sessions using Reflection Circle method lasting 1.5 hours over 6 months and to realize two or three Open Space meetings, each lasting a full day. The practitioners, (training is led by two Haitians skilled in Reflection Circles and Open Space) work with participants to develop themes for their Open Space meetings relevant to their concerns and their community's most pressing issues. The group determines who should be invited to the Open Space meetings based on the theme and intentions. Nearly 300 Haitians--primarily teachers, community organizers and leaders--are completing these 6-month trainings each year. A thriving network has evolved with annual and regional gatherings, a listserve and numerous exchange visits among the people who have completed Circles of Change trainings. This initiative is coordinated by John Engle and Fremy Cesar along with a 7 member coordinating committee.
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Email: [email protected]
Phone Number: 773-764-1851
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Street Address: 6452 N. Bosworth Ave. #1
City: Chicago
State/Province: IL
Zip or Country Code: 60626
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NCDD 2008 Attendee: Not yet
NCDD 2006 Attendee: No
NCDD 2004 Attendee: No
NCDD 2002 Attendee: No
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