Pre-Cap Learning Intentions Pathway Design Resources

Inspired by the work of these Gaia U Associates: Bradford white, Amelia Parisian, Jorge Calero, Patrick Padden, Penny Livingstone Stark, Ethan Roland, Richard Perkins, Dyami Nason-Regan

Key general resources of influence:

  • Agroecology and Politics. How To Get Sustainability? About the Necessity for a Political Agroecology, Manuel Gonzalez de Molina in Journal of Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems, 37:45–59, 2013

This article framed the term 'political agroecology' for me & helped me see my role in the permaculture movement - of accelerating the uptake of agroecological practices through community organising.

This article informed my decision making around the role I wish to play as a herbal practitioner, and my desire to stay a DIY/home herbalist.

This article informed by skill flex analysis tools to help me identify which skills would be useful in my permaculture design work and consultancy development.

Rafter's materials informed my decision making criteria as featured in my analysis section, to help me identify the impacts of my choices for humans & nonhumans and for community self determination and regenerative resource use.

Resources for designing my learning support system:

  • The Transformative Action Learning Certificate

This course massively improved my understanding of my own learning and how I can design a system to support me for a lifetime. Notes from the TALC can be found on my profile page.

  • Resources from the Permaculture Training of Teachers course especially course notes on accelerated learning

This course also massively helped me understand how I learn and different learning styles.

  • Book - The Accelerated Learning Handbook, Dave Meier

As above, I read this book during the teacher training course which has informed the design of my own learning support system.

Resources that enabled me to refine my writing systems:

These articles are about strategies for how to write more effectively & productively that aided me in designing my learning support system.

Resources that enabled me to better understand action research and its role in my pathway design:

These articles helped me to place radical research in a context, so I know that research can be (and is essential for) radical social change.

  • Book - How to Research, Lorraine Blaxter, Christina Hughes, Malcom Tight

This book introduced me to research methods that I aim to apply through my masters.

  • Book - Radical Research, Designing, developing and writing research to make a difference, John & Jill Schostak, 2008, Routeledge.

This book has also helped me to place research in a radical context.

Notes on becoming an 'expert' and person of influence, which support me to understand how to stretch my edges to an MSc standard:

These articles, found from a brief google search have informed me about different options and strategies for becoming more influential, which I feel is one of my strategic goals, especially around plant based permaculture/alternatives to animal agriculture. It is also like an appreciative enquiry model for example looking at what has worked for others and applying this to myself.

Other resources:

  • Schumacher College, MSc Sustainable Horticulture course handbook 

Used for inspiration for my own curriculum & reading.

  • RHS Diploma in Horticulture curriculum guidelines

Also used to design in my output 3, as well as ensure I know what I need to cover to pass the RHS exams.

Pre-Cap OP4 - Towards an Anarchist Agroecology

Ten key resources that I've triggered, stimulated, inspired and strengthened my thinking:

10 Key Resources

Livestock/Deadstock (book) explores the engagement/disengagement and relationships with animals  from the perspectives of people who work on farms, in livestock auction markets and in slaughterhouses. It helped me negotiate different worldviews and put into context some of the psychological tools identified in Dr Joy’s book. It also has very thorough referencing and further resources around animal agriculture.

Why we love dogs, eat pigs and wear cows. (Book) Dr Melanie Joy introduces the psychological tools that sustain carnism. It is quite liberal at points (in terms of suggesting tactics/reforms), however it does illustrate different psychological tools that people use to rationalise/justify/normalise their behaviour around eating animals. I like how the attention is given to those that eat animals, rather than dissecting veganism.

Understanding Neocarnism (Article) is Dr Joy’s opinion around alternative food movements and their carnist attitudes and actions, for example holistic management, permaculture etc. It was very useful for me because these are the fields I work in and people I most often interact with.

The Master's Tools Will Never Dismantle The Master's Rape Rack: Feminism and Animal Rights. (Blog post) This is a long blog post that really succinctly introduces the relationships between feminism and animal liebration, by focusing on how patriarchy exploits female reproductive capacity to serve itself, and that as feminists we need to extend our solidarity to other nonhuman women.

Peter Gelderloos Veganism: Why Not an anarchist perspective. (Zine) I love Peter Gelderloos’s writing, my favourite is How Nonviolence Protects the State. He writes with power and cuts through a lot of liberal ideas. His commentary on veganism really influenced me and triggered me to continue exploring the subject politically.

From Animals to Anarchism (Zine) Its aim is to "challenge those involved in animal activism to sort their politics out if they truly believe in liberation, but at the same time not let anarchists off the hook - demanding that they consider more fully the nature of human-animal relations in their politics.” This zine was published while I was writing my finishing touches to this OP,  however its solid writing is a great introduction to anarchism and animal liberation.

The Sistah Vegan Project (Project) is a pioneering project that links race, gender, speciesism and much more. I visit it regularly and am consistently inspired by its thorough critical observations of the world.

La Vía Campesina by Annette Aurelie Desmarais (Book) is a both an insider’s view and an academic analysis of Via Campesina, from someone who has a long term relationship with the movement. I found it a fascinating insight that helped me understand the political context, decisions and influences of the global peasants movement.

Brian Dominick’s Animal Liberation and Social Revolution (Zine) has been on my bookshelf since I was a young teenager. While there are some grey areas, it is generally a rich introduction to anarchism and the need to integrate animal liberation into class struggle and solidarity.

Food movements unite! (Book) Is a great book that brings together articles from all sorts of organisers working for food system change. Its contributions vary from articles about farmers, food sovereignty, consumers, labor and food justic, even climate justice. Its diversity from people involved in struggles on the ground make it rich reading.

Resistance Ecology (Project) is a project in North America which weaves all the threads together - animal liberation, anarchism, land defense, decolonisation, anti-racism, feminism… It is an amazing news site for intersectional analysis and projects. It also produces a great zine and organises an annual conference (most of which is filmed and shared online). Some of the most innovate work I’ve seen come out of the animal liberation movement.

Permaculture and Education Resources

Permaculture Training of Teachers Course

I would highly recommend that the best resource for becoming a permaculture teacher is to complete a teacher training course. I did one with Designed Visions in 2012 and it was one of the best things I’ve ever done. You are introduced to a huge amount of resources and best practices from highly experienced teachers.

Becoming an awesome permaculture teacher - a design by Cathrine Dolleris

Cathrine Dolleris from Denmark produced this design as part of her Diploma in Applied Permaculture Design. I love its title! The design does what it says on the tin - it shows you how she has applied design to improve her own teaching practice. Worth reading.

Gaiacraft is an initiative creating super high quality, inspiring educational tools for permaculture. From card decks to workbooks, check them out, they are completely stunning!

Permaculture Teacher’s Guide, Edited by Andy Goldring, 2000

A must read for anyone teaching permaculture. Loads of session plans and perspectives from different teachers on how they communicate the ethics, principles, practices and processes of permaculture.

European Permaculture Teacher’s Partnership

The EPT is a partnership of organisations and teachers across Europe who are actively engaged in teaching permaculture. They produced a Teachers Handbook that you can find here, which is organised as a series of posts in categories which means resources can be continually added to this body of knowledge.

The Earth User’s Guide to Teaching Permaculture by Rosemary Morrow, 2014

I shamefully haven’t read this yet, but am including it because I’ve heard great reviews. Rosemary Morrow is a well respected international teacher and who is passionate about permaculture education and has pioneered its development in the field.

Teaching Permaculture As If People Mattered, 2004

Graham Burnett, who I co-teach the vegan permaculture design course with each summer, is one of my biggest mentors when it comes to teaching permaculture. I’ve literally never met someone so passionate about permaculture (the permaculture principles graphic is even the screensaver of his phone!). Graham was part of a gathering in 2004 that looked at best practices in teaching permaculture. You can get a free download of the pdf with notes from the gathering here, and there is still so much that is relevant today.

Joe Atkinson Permaculture Resources

Joe is the Learning Coordinator for the Permaculture Association GB and a passionate teacher. On his blog he has a ton of resources for people learning permaculture that are also useful for teachers.

Permaculture Teaching Matters again I haven’t had a chance to get a copy but have heard great things. After a successful crowd funding campaign, this book is now available online. Permaculture Teaching Matters is Rosemary Morrow’s new teaching guide for permaculture teachers. It is based on the popular Teaching Permaculture Teachers Course – a training course designed to assist PDC holders to become effective and inspiring teachers. It covers a sequence of steps over six days to build learner confidence and competence.

Reflections on Coordinating a Nine-week Permaculture Design Course
and Internship, Sophie Viandier, 2016

Sophie is one of my associates in Gaia University. In 2015 she coordinated a permaculture design course in Kenya, and learnt a huge amount from it after experiencing so many challenges on so many levels! Sophie has produced this stunning output of work that is useful for any teacher of permaculture. Embedded in the output are so many links and resources for anyone engaged in teaching permaculture. Find it here.

MSc Cap OP2 - Education for Agroecology

Pedagogy of the Oppressed, Paulo Freire, 1970,204,203,200_.jpgA critical pedagogy booklist would not be complete without Paulo Freire, the ‘godfather’ of the movement. It sounds cheesy, but this book has had a total life-changing effect on me. While there are criticisms, around language and gender, the book is still an absolute bible of knowledge and revolutionary hope. If you read any book, read this one.

A Critical Pedagogy of Resistance, 34 Pedagogues we need to know, Edited by James D. Kirylo, 2013

Fantastic whistle-stop tour of various actors in critical pedagogy, past and present, and how they have influenced the field. Really useful if you want an introduction to some inspiring people and their ideas and learning from engaging in struggle for social justice in education. Highly recommended.

Learning as a way of Leading, Lessons from the struggle for social justice, Stephen Preskill and Stephen D Brookfield, 2009

These two Stephans have produced a gold mine of a book that should be read by anyone involved in collective projects, organising or education. It is written in a really nice concrete sequential way with key points and case studies. It basically introduces how people can learn to be more leaderful, and how all of is becoming more leaderful is necessary for social change. For anyone that cringes of concepts of ‘leadership’ (like I do) read this book as a way to transform your groups to make everyone more effective and empowered. A must read!

Do it Yourself: A Handbook to Changing the World. Chapter 7 Popular Education - Why we still have a lot to learn

The Trapese Collective have created a great resource on popular education, in a chapter about pop ed in their book about social change. It introduces the principles, practices and history of popular education. And you can download it for free here. Highly recommended.

Teaching Critical Thinking, bell hooks, 2010

As part of a series on education, this book introduces the importance of supporting learners to think critically. From decolonisation, to encouraging emotional expression in the classroom, bell hooks is as radical as ever. Very easy to read, with lots of hidden gems.

Integrating Mindfulness Into Anti-Oppression Pedagogy, Social Justice in Higher Education, Beth Berila, 2016

I loved this book. I was unsure whether to order it at first but I’m so glad I did. Of all the books I’ve read during this masters project, this one has the most underlinings, the most times I’ve came back to it. Beth really explores the body in education but within a bigger context of doing anti-oppression work. She writes about how we all internalise oppression in different ways (connected to our power and privilege, or lack of) and how different mindfulness strategies can not only allow us to feel this more fully, but act on it and use it as a vehicle for learning. Highly recommended.

Reinventing Critical Pedagogy, Widening the circle of anti-oppression education, Edited by César Augusto Rossatto, Ricky Lee Allen and Marc Pruyn, 2006

Highly recommended book that transverses the critical pedagogy landscape. It’s my favourite kind of book - one that is a series of articles with lots of different perspectives and authors. At times its a bit of a hard academic read, but overall it is rich in commentary on education. Most contributors are quite engaged in the pedagogy field and its feels like its written directly for educators on these frontlines, so it is engage, useful and relevant.

Teaching to transgress, bell hooks, 2010,204,203,200_.jpgThis is one of those books that you read, and then you find yourself thinking about it. Sentences rise up to your consciousness as you reflect on things or write articles. Like all her writing, its super-readable, like a bed time story rather than a challenging academic endeavour. This book is about transgressing racial, sexual and class boundaries in order to achieve the gift of freedom. A must read.

Imagining tomorrow, Adult education for transformation, Marjorie Mayo, 1997

The most interesting chapter of this book was ‘Adult and Community Education: combatting discrimination and oppression’. It describes how access is only part of the problem and that content is a huge part of what defines an educational experience as domesticating or liberating. The chapter also introduces different barriers to education in terms of race, gender and class. What is very interesting about this book is its insight into adult education and how its changed.

Community development, A critical approach, Margaret Ledwith, 2005

I’d entered the murky world of community development through my work as a grassroots organiser and never quite felt comfortable with the frameworks, terminology, worldviews used at events or meetings. This book is interesting in learning about the departure from more radical, social change work to things like service delivery. While not so many new concepts to a seasoned anarcho, this book did help me to see the bridge between the worlds and introduced me to a more radical way of looking at development and the context of education within this.

Feminist Pedagogy, Looking back to move forward, Edited by Robbin D. Crabtree, David Alan Sapp and Adela C.Licona, 2009

I was really excited when this book landed on my doorstep. It felt like climbing a mountain of academic language to access the treasured views at the top - of which were great insights into feminist approaches to the art, craft and science of teaching. The chapter I found most interesting was ‘Feminist pedagogy and science’, that really flagged up the socially-constructed and dominating masculinity of science, with some very ingenious ways of integrating more politically critical approaches and feminist approaches in the example of a geology class.

Deschooling Society, Ivan Illich, 1970

I haven’t read this book fully yet, but Ivan Illich has maintained a radical reputation in flagging up just how pivotal educational institutions, such as schooling and university, are to maintaining the capitalist system.

Critical Pedagogy, Ecoliteracy and Planetary Crisis, The Ecopedagogy Movement, Richard Kahn, 2010,204,203,200_.jpgI appreciate that this book has been written and see it as a starting ground for more links between critical pedagogy and ecological learning. I didn’t always feel that the whole book was politically congruent however there are some very interesting chapters, the most useful being the introductory chapter. I really like how he challenges ‘greenwashing’ environmental education programs.

Pedagogy of Praxis, A dialectical philosophy of education, Moacir Gadotti, 1996

This book wasn’t an easy read, but I definitely learnt a lot of new vocabulary! While the language at times was a struggle, and sometimes the concepts didn’t feel relevant or ‘modern’, the book is actually full of subtle sentences that hit the nail on the end of the oppressive nature of capitalist education and the necessity for alternatives.

Dangerous territories, struggles for difference and equality in education, Edited by Leslie G. Roman and Linda Eyre, 1997

I haven’t had the pleasure of diving into this fully, so can’t give it a solid review. However its been described that it “intends to trouble the State, queer the academy, and decenter the very colonialsims that surround and organise our classrooms”. It is coming out of Canada but has various international authors, again, of academic leanings.

Anarchist Pedagogy Resources

Anarchist Pedagogies: Collective Actions, Theories, and Critical Reflections on Education. Edited by Robert H Haworth

This book was hugely influential in my life. Bringing multiple perspectives and experiences, it introduces the wide diversity of perspectives on anarchism and education. An absolute must read! And its downloadable as a pdf online.

Anarchism and Education, A philosophical perspective, by Judith Suissa

I’ve only got the pdf version of this book so haven’t made as much effort to dive into its pages. Its published by PM Press, who seem to be at the forefront of radical publishing these days. It’s a good book to read for those new to anarchist ideas, who want to gain an understanding of how they distinguish from other pedagogical theories. Worth reading.

Radical Education Forum

For organisers and educators living in the UK, check out the Radical Education Forum who meet regularly in London, organise events and create resources about radical education. They produced this Radical Education Workbook which is a big mix of resources critiquing state education and promoting alternatives.

Occupied Times, State of Education

The Occupied Times came out of the Occupy Movement in London and has matured to become a really inspiring source of critical analysis and reflection for struggle. In their 28th Issue they focus on education and state control. An inspiring editorial collective.

Class War University

The Class War University describes itself as “a common project and informal network of cooperation—composing resources for anti-capitalist, decolonial, abolitionist, feminist, queer, anti-authoritarian movements on the terrain of universities and beyond.” This website is an absolute treasure trove of resources and insight.

Institute for Critical Animal Studies that know me know that I am not an anti-intellectual, however I generally have a distaste for academia mainly from life experiences where people have interacted with me like a subject for study to complete their research and build their career, rather than struggled for total liberation. ICAS is an initiative for academics, but it feels kinda different. Or at least I have a soft spot because I know a few of these folks and respect how engaged in social struggles they are. ICAS has a theme of ‘critical animal pedagogy’ which really excites me. Keep checking their resources and journals, because they are some diamonds of insight in there into how we can transform our lives and worldviews on animals and other forms of oppression. This is an inspiring example of how we can leverage institutional resources for radical social change.

Institute for Anarchist Studies

The Perspectives on Anarchist Theory Journal is one that I also return to over and over. Some really awesome critical thinking happening, pushing for continuous redefinitions of what anarchism or a commitment to eradicating domination means. There are often references and reflections on pedalogical projects.

Class Action: A Teachers Handbook

More of a socialist project, this handbook coming out of Chicago, is still useful for those struggling against and within state education. Some interesting analyses of the ‘industrial classroom’ and some inspiring examples of organising and resistance in the US. Highly recommended for those who are burnt out, distressed or in absolute despair at the reality of State education in the west.

Agroecology and Education Resources

Movements in Education: The Political Ecology of Education in the Brazilian Landless Workers’ Movement by David Duncan Meek

I stumbled across this dissertation when research educational models of the MST (O Movimento dos Trablhadores Rurais Sem Terra or MST)  It was explosively informative - not just about the role of education in the MST, but also around concepts of the political ecology of education. Meek describes the political ecology of education as, “one attuned to how the distribution of power and resources among interconnected political and cultural entities mediates pedagogical processes—from tacit to formal learning—and related knowledge systems, affecting access and control over natural resources, interactions with the cultural landscape, as well as conceptions of nature-society relationships.”

Campesino A campesino - Voices from Latin America’s farmer to farmer movement for sustainable agriculture, by Eric Holt-Giménez someone living in England, who has never traveled to Latin America, there is a risk of romanticising social movements in the global south. Feeling the all-encompassing alienation of advanced capitalism in its birth place of the British Empire, we can have a colonising tendency to want to copy social movement strategies from elsewhere. Likewise with agroecology/food sovereignty/sustainable agriculture movements, I think we hold up international examples without the critical thinking to understand our differences and how not every model can be transferred from country to country. This book was so grounding in this respect - it is full of stories and voices that Eric has simply desired to listen to and share. There is no white saviour, just an thoughtful account of the farmer-to-farmer movements of latin america from someone that has lived and breathed it for decades. A very inspiring read, which re-strengthened my commitment to food sovereignty and the necessity of resisting global capitalism that threatens people of the land on every continent.

Agroecology in Action: Extending alternative agriculture through social networks, by Keith Douglas Warner

This book comes out of direct experience developing partnerships to reduce pesticide use in California, with many other examples drawn from across the US. It felt really illuminating and has influenced some of my project design work in my workers cooperative, encouraging us to recognise more fully the role of social networks and collaborative learning relationships. Keith writes how “Agroecological initiatives require a collaborative network to facilitate this social learning”. Recommended for anyone engaged in wanting to change land-care practices in their community.
How to Teach Agroecology: A proposal by Miguel Altieri

This is an article where University of Berkeley Professor, Miguel Altieri proposes a new international program of how to teach agroecology. I had the privilege of being a participant on Miguel’s and Clara Nicoll’s agroecology course at Schumacher College. It was an amazing experience and I felt in awe of their knowledge and experience in the field, as well as their vibrant politics and connection to social movements. In this article Miguel really articulates well the necessities of different skills and experiences, as well as the core knowledge agroecologists need to have for this changing world.

Agroecology: Key Concepts, Principles and Practices

This is a pdf with the main learning points from training courses in agroecology organised in Indonesia and Zambia. While it doesn’t talk about education per se, it is a rich resource for any practitioner designing agroecology-related learning programmes or projects.

Radical Teaching and the Food Justice Movement

This is a featured edition of the Journal Radical Teacher: A socialist, feminist, and anti-racist journal on the theory and practice of teaching. Once again it is focused around food justice movements in the US, however its critique, ideas and examples, can inspire initiatives internationally.  Unlike a lot of dense academic writing, its really easy to read, with good graphic design and images.

Land and Freedom. The MST, the Zapatistas and Peasant Alternatives to Neoliberalism by Leandro Vergara-Camus book compares two of the most inspiring struggles in recent history - the Zapatista Uprising in Chiapas and the MST in Brazil. I remember reading Subcomandante Marcos’s words as a teenager, in all its romantic rebellion. This book really shares the main learning from such a strong critical inquiry into these struggles. While not explicitly about education, how people learn, share skills and organise education is still a big theme of the book. A must read.

Baobab Magazine 68 - Rethinking agriculture and extension education

I find the agricultures magazines really informative and readable. While feeling trapped on prison island UK sometimes, I try as much as possible to read resources and materials produced by people from around the world to keep widening my own perspectives. I came across the East African edition of this magazine, and its rich with commentary on projects, initiatives and grassroots education in agroecology.

The Experience of the National Agroecology School: blazing an agrarian trail for small farmers

This was a report produced by an NGO in Ecuador, who have worked for over two decades with more than 25,000 families, organising a host of agroecology training initiatives. Its super visual and inspiring to read. What is exciting is that it has documented how the school was started, and the participatory processes that were integrated into its design. An absolute treasure and must-read.

Ecological Action: A call to action. Learning earth issues - A training manual for urban social justice organisations

This manual has been produced by Movement Generation’s Justice and Ecology Project, an inspiring group in the US that are doing some incredible work around social and ecological justice. I first came across Movement Generation when researching liberation permaculture. They had been organising permaculture design courses for organisers involved in various urban struggles. This toolkit, while we can’t lift it for the those of us in England, we can be inspired by it - by the creativity and diverse pedagogical practices that we could use in urban agriculture and community food initiatives in GB.


Anti-Oppression Education Resources

AORTA are the anti oppression resource and training alliance. They have a ton of well produced resources for anyone involved in facilitating groups or more generally working for change. I’d definitely recommend their Resource Zine which collates a lot of their ideas.

Integrating Mindfulness Into Anti-Oppression Pedagogy, Social Justice in Higher Education, Beth Berila, 2016

I loved this book. I was unsure whether to order it at first but I’m so glad I did. Of all the books I’ve read during this masters project, this one has the most underlinings, the most times I’ve came back to it. Beth really explores the body in education but within a bigger context of doing anti-oppression work. She writes about how we all internalise oppression in different ways (connected to our power and privilege, or lack of) and how different mindfulness strategies can not only allow us to feel this more fully, but act on it and use it as a vehicle for learning. Highly recommended.

Uprooting Racism. How white people can work for racial justice by Paul Kivel, 2011

I really recommend this book for white people. It’s written by a white guy, and has a ton of exercises and excerpts which can support white people to more critically reflect, and importantly act to uproot racism and destabilise white supremacy.

bell hooks

Any of bell hooks’s books are great informative reads on the intersections between race, gender, class and education. They are also written in a very readable digestible, personable way, making them accessible to a wide audience.

Anarchism and Animal Liberation. Essays on Complementary Elements of Total Liberation, Edited by Anthony J. Nocella II , Richard J. White and Erika Cudworth, 2015 great book linking the oppression of animals to other forms of domination in society. I'm also briefly featured in it! There is also a chapter specifically on critical animal pedagogy and the role of popular education.

Why is my curriculum white? Decolonising the Academy

Blog post from the Black Students Committee of the National Union that introduces ideas of decolonizing curriculums. This brings me back to the importance of content not just process.

Decolonising Our Minds Society

This is a society coming out of SOAS University (School of African and Oriental Studies) based in London. They organise events and have an active Facebook page. The focus is on decolonisation, with a lot of emphasis on decolonising education.

Organising for Power Anti-Oppression Resources and Exercises

A whole toolkit for educators and organisers on different forms of oppression. I would definitely recommend these resources as good introductions for white folks starting to examine their privilege.

Anti-Oppression Resources for Cooperatives

Once again, another directory of useful resources on anti-racist and other anti-oppression resources, with a focus on co-operatives.

Academic Articles



Food Sovereignty Resources



Climate Change Resources



Agroecology Resources



Bioremediation Resources



Agroforestry and Arboriculture Resources