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Abstract - 336 words
Design methodology - 115 words (not incl. Mindmap)
Action learning processes - 336
Survey & Analysis
82 words not including mindmap
Movements for Change
441 not included
Towards an anarchist agroecology
Total = 4461 words (3600 guided amount)
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Welcome to my fourth output packet. I am a pre-capstone, MSc Open Topic associate with Gaia University, with a strategic focus on political agroecology.
The original aim of this output was to explore the histories, impacts and consequences of animal agriculture and explore what tools, methodologies and approaches are being used to end animal oppression, evaluate their effectiveness and explore what an antispeciest agroecology could look like and how it could be achieved.
The output is a based on period of time, integrating all of my work during this period between April and December 2014. However I draw on action learning experience and personal observations from the last 16 years in the animal liberation movement.
This output packet is a container for my learning in these areas and the following pages include:
- Output overview - An overview of the aims of the output, how it was designed and the various methodologies I used.
- Complex Worldviews & Animal Agriculture - A summary of the different and complex worldviews around animal agriculture.
- Survey & Analysis of Strategies Confronting Animal Oppression - A detailed mindmap illustrating the outcomes of my research and analysis of how various groups and movements confront animal oppression. The page also shares my own worldview and where I place myself in the field.
- Movements for Food System Change & Patterns of Oppression - Details of my observations of various groups and movements working for food system change, with commentary on the patterns of oppression they perpetuate or practice.
- Towards an Anarchist Agroecology - A page sharing my ideas, suggestions and conclusions following the survey and analysis stages of my research.
- Reflections - This is the commentary on my work; my personal reflections of what I learnt creating this output and how it relates to my life and learning pathway in Gaia University.
- Output Outcomes - The personal, professional, project, peer and political outcomes of my work during this output period.
- Supporting Material - A broad container of links to resources used and further evidence, including course and workshop designs, learning journal entries and more.
Output Design Methodology
This output was originally designed in this format here as part of my Learning Intentions Pathway Design in March 2013. Following a dynamic learning pathway, it was re-designed at the start of April 2014 in the below format:
Critical Evaluation in this Output
A large theme of this output is critically evaluating the fields I work within, most notably, the animal liberation movement. I drew guidance from the Gaia University orientation material and various sources about how to develop critical thinking skills.
I evaluated my own prejudices and worldviews around animal-human relations, so that I could identify my weaknesses in thinking critically.
A mindmap detailing my critical evaluation processes can be seen below:
Action Learning Processes
In designing this output, I utilised the principles of Kolb’s Experiential Learning Theory. Following an advising session with Jennifer English, I embraced this framework to ensure my learning and research were nested within a recognised action learning model:
- Concrete experience: Active involvement in various social movements and struggles, from which I draw my observations and understanding. The practice of developing my workers cooperative Feed Avalon, establishing Brook End (land based project and demonstration centre) and more. Evidence of this concrete experience is abundant in my output outcomes section.
- Reflective observation: I tracked my observations of interacting with different fields through the output 4 tracker form below. The results of which can be found on this spreadsheet here. I also drew on historical reflections gained through concrete life experience.
- Abstract conceptualisation: I undertook a review of literature to draw on theories, models, worldviews and opinions of others in the fields I operate within. These concepts contributed to the transformation of previously held beliefs and opinions, as well as the dynamic generation of new ideas and models.
- Active experimentation: Throughout this output period I was constantly testing new theories and ideas, that had been gained through processing my observations and reading materials of influence. For example, re-prioritising projects in my life, introducing new ideas to my workers cooperative, or designing and facilitating workshops. An example is the Animal Liberation & Land Struggle Workshop at the UK Animal Rights gathering, where many worldviews are quite ‘fixed’ to actively see the receptivity of new ideas within the movements and fields I engage with.
The reason I chose this model is because I find singular learning styles oppressive and ineffective. By embracing the totality of my own learning - combining rich, practical life experiences, with the intellectual cultivation of reading diverse literature that challenges and stretches me, as well as embracing collaboration, seeking of mentors and active experiments putting theory into practice - I develop ideas, models and proposals grounded in praxis and support my own personal transformation and growth.
A deep gratitude to Gaia University for its innovative embrace of action learning and the liberating structure it has created in my life.