Organizing Hope
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Organizing Hope

Narratives for a Better Future

Edited by Daniel Ericsson and Monika Kostera

Crumbling social institutions, disintegrating structures, and a profound sense of uncertainty are the signs of our time. In this book, this contemporary crisis is explored and illuminated, providing narratives that suggest how the notion of hope can be leveraged to create powerful methods of organizing for the future. Chapters first consider theoretical and philosophical perspectives on hopeful organizing, followed by both empirical discussions about achieving change and more imaginative narratives of alternative and utopian futures, including an exploration of the differing roles of work, creativity, idealism, inclusivity and activism.
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Chapter 12: The hope of discomfort: Using democratic citizenship education for transformative learning

Tali Padan


Current research in democratic citizenship education (DCE) acknowledges the need to move from a cognitive to a more experiential learning process. This includes the affective component of learning, which brings with it an element of discomfort, especially in navigating the tension between the individual and the group, a necessary tension in any democracy. Transformative learning can help to theorize this process, by offering a framework in which a learning experience is triggered by the discomfort of a disorienting dilemma. This chapter focuses on using this discomfort as our learning and transforming experience, through a DCE method called Betzavta. Examples from uncomfortable moments in Betzavta training are presented in order to show how these can be used to shift participants into a more introspective self-reflection. Just as we can use discomfort in the classroom, this may also be the hope we are looking for in transforming our collective society.

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