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NEW ONLINE SCHOOL LAUNCHING OCTOBER 2012: Fruition Academy Teaches Organizational and Social Change
The Fruition Academy of Social Imagination and Action, an online school for scholars and practitioners who are interested in organizational and social change, is being launched by The Fruition Coalition in October 2012.
The school will launch with six classes in Fall 2012:
Teaching, Learning, and Transformation
Friday October 5, 2012, 11 a.m. EDT
Perhaps the most critical teaching and learning that takes place in live occurs through the interpretation of everyday interactions. Every moment is an opportunity to teach and to learn. Through exploration of ideas including Socratic method, Pedagogy of the Oppressed, multiple intelligences, punk pedagogy, and Bloom’s taxonomy of learning domains, participants will develop a greater understanding of their own philosophy of teaching and learning and create a strategy to use this to advance progressive social change goals.
Friday October 19, 2012, 11 a.m. EDT
This class will explore the generative potential of social reciprocity or doing more good in the world and, as a result, inspiring others to do the same. Students will learn about the social, emotional, and cognitive aspects of reciprocity and discuss its implications for community organizing, outreach, fundraising, and activism.
Friday November 2, 2012, 11 a.m. EDT
In this class, participants will discuss cultivating radical self-awareness, the process of becoming, intersubjective exploration, negotiating the space between the self and the system, discovering truth, creating meaning, the transformative potential of angst, and how to redefine and reclaim the concepts of freedom and responsibility.
Friday November 16, 2012, 11 a.m. EST
Process and outcome evaluation can help organizations align programs, strategic initiatives, and advocacy efforts with the dynamic needs of the community served and teach leaders how to strengthen the cumulative impact of our work. In this class, participants will discuss the purpose of evaluation, creating an evaluation plan, developing organizational capacity to collect and analyze data, integrating and communicating results, contributing to the global knowledge base, effectively using resources for evaluation, collaboration, creating opportunities for community engagement and participation, and managing expectations for accountability.
Quantum Theory for Activists
Friday December 7, 2012, 11 a.m. EST
This class will examine social change from the systemic to the subatomic level through the lens of quantum theory with particular emphasis on Bohr, Einstein, Schrodinger, and Capra. Students will explore how science frames our understanding of the world and discuss how interconnectedness, irrationality, uncertainty, complexity, energy, tension, disruption, and chaos influence self-organization and political mobilization.
Theatre of Change
Friday December 14, 2012, 11 a.m. EST
This class will satisfy a thirst for drama through theatrical interpretation of progressive activism and the social change process. Participants will examine how plot, setting, and performance intertwine to evoke emotion and provoke action and learn how these can be manipulated to achieve specific social and political outcomes. Students will also discuss roles, props, scenery, wardrobe, choreography, and engagement with multiple audiences. Students will learn how to develop dynamic characters and tell compelling stories to create memorable performances.
The Fruition Coalition is actively creating a flourishing world by supporting progressive social change and community benefit organizations through education, dialogue, and consulting that integrates research, intuition, experience, and dreams. Their programs and services include: The Fruition Academy of Social Imagination and Action, an online school where ideas are explored and applied to the real processes of organizational and social change; Le Salon Utopique, an online community where ideas are discussed and connections to support our work develop; The Activist’s Muse, a blog that explores personal, organizational, and social change through stories and ideas; and consulting services that help organizations research, plan, implement, and evaluate their work. The Fruition Coalition was founded by Jessica R. Dreistadt in 2001. For more information, visit www.fruitioncoalition.com