In the design process, the 'survey' stage is when you observe. In the case of reviewing my own learning, I surveyed what outputs I created, as well as the timeline that reflects reality. I also looked at various other areas in my self assessment and pattern analysis, which you can see here.
Overview of Output Packets
Ouput 1: Learning Intentions Pathway Design
February - April 2013. The purpose of my LIPD was to support me in identifying, clarifying and processing all of my learning needs, dreams and ambitions. I surveyed my projects, commitments and skill flexes and ‘futurecasted’ my projects. Following a strong analysis process, I developed a learning contract, designed preliminary output packets and identified core action learning cycles that would underpin my MSc. Read the OP here.
Output 2: Resistance, Repression & Resilience
April - October 2013. The aim of output 2 was to explore my own radical edges and optimise how I organise with others for social change. A large thematic area was prison abolition, as well as healing and resilience to repression on a personal and community-movement level. I drew strongly on my action learning in organising against unconventional gas exploitation, responding to repression of the animal liberation movement, and rebuilding local food systems.
- Increasing my political understanding of the prison industrial complex and prison abolition
- Developing a body of work around resilience to repression following extensive reading and reflection
- Growing my knowledge and skills around popular education pedagogies
- Applying the design process to personal healing, and actively healing from my own imprisonment & repression
- Exploring the role of criminalisation and repression in relation to the spread of agroecology & achievement of food sovereignty
Output 3: Energy & Economics
November - April 2014. The aim of this output was to gain a better understanding of alternative and anarchist economics, and how our economic system affects the uptake of agroecological practices, with personal focuses on personal finances and livelihood designs. There were also threads exploring colonialism and racism, self care and radical community organising. Read the output here.
- Increased understanding of anarchist economics. Including contemporary economic theory, alternative models, the role of the state. A in-depth realisation of the relationship between agroecology and different economic systems.
- Clearer understanding of the relationships between race, colonialism and extreme energy in sustaining the economic growth society.
- A thorough livelihood design, with detailed overviews of how I plan to develop as an agroecologist, educator, writer and herbalist.
- Two comprehensive designs; a self care design and a design for my own personal finances.
Output 4: Towards an Anarchist Agroecology
May - December 2014. This output explored the different and complex worldviews around animal agriculture. The output contains an extensive survey of approaches that are being used to confront animal oppression and also observes patterns of oppression in broader food-related movements. It concludes with my political thinking around what an anarchist agroecology could entail. Read the output here.
- The strengthening of my critical thinking and evaluation skills.
- A comprehensive survey of the field of those working to end the oppression of animals.
- The creation of an ‘anarchist agroecology’ framework and worldview.