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Workshop & Documentary Outcomes

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Above: A proud film crew makes their way through San Francisco’s agricultural land. The workshop and film project were more successful than any of us at Village Earth ever dreamed possible. The Shipibo have an increased sense of hope of achieving their collective vision for the future. Future collaboration is already being planned with Village Earth, the Inti Wayna Foundation, and Engineers Without Borders. And now the Shipibo have a documentary film that they can use internally amongst themselves as an educational tool, and also as a fundraising tool to sell to tourists or send to funding agencies. And this whole project was done with an extremely low budget with the help of many volunteers who made it possible. Now that the workshop participants have returned home, they have begun to work with their individual communities to collectively decide on their strategic directions for the future. As well many horizontal linkages were created amongst the participants and their communities, and also between the Shipibo and these other resource organizations. As well, this workshop helped to foster greater collaboration amongst NGOs working in the area. Overall, the workshop has been deemed a success by all involved.

Upcoming Courses in the Village Earth/CSU Online Certificate Program in Community-Based Development

Fall I Session

GSLL 1509 – Development and the Politics of Empowerment

Through a careful investigation of the historical applications of development, we will explore the idea that development is an inherently political process and challenge the claim that any development NGO is apolitical. Additionally, we will strive to identify successful methods of community empowerment through political organization.

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GSLL 1510 – Community-Based Mapping

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