COLLECTIVE TOOLBOX

Photo Documentation by Brandon Forrest Frederick

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Collective Toolbox presents weekly workshops, a library space for drop-in material exchange and open-ended group fort building exercises lead by young adults. Exhibiting artworks by the educators leading programming and featuring works made by participants of the programs. 

Modeled after theories of bottom-up super organisms such as ant colonies and the critical pedagogy social movement. Collective Toolbox examines how artists, educators and individuals can teach one another creative techniques that evoke critical consciousness, autonomy and togetherness. 

Collective Toolbox approaches intergenerational group learning and the exchange of resources modeled after the education methods of Augusto Boal, Paulo Freire, and the self-maintaining living system theory by biologist Humberto Maturana. 

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RESEARCH 

1) Super Organism concepts of Chilean biologist Humberto Maturana

Humberto Maturana studied patterns of superorganisms such as honey bees, termites, and ant colonies. He developed research on the topic and often relates these theories to how we could approach community through bottom-up organization and free resources offered through exchange. 

2) The critical pedagogy movement

Provides opportunities for students to actively present their knowledge and skills to peers and/or act as teachers and mentors.

  • Satisfactory = incidental teaching that arises from cooperative learning, presentations, etc.;
  • Good or Very Good = an opportunity is intentionally created to empower students to teach other students/community members. The audience is somehow reliant on the students’ teaching (students are not simply ‘presenting’)

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EDUCATORS

->Casey Whittier 

->Megan Pobywajlo

->Fredy Gabuardy 

->Monica Dixon 

->Charles Brown 

->Lexie Johnson