Starting from the belief that all Canadians bear a responsibility to work for justice in indigenous/settler relations, Briarpatch assesses the sorry state of this troubled relationship and the emerging prospects for change. From examining the genocidal legacy of Canada’s Indian Residential Schools policy to seeking an antidote to teen suicide in the Mohawk cultural resurgence in Tyendinaga, Briarpatch calls for indigenous and settler activists alike to make common cause in the struggle to decolonize this land.
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Sunday, June 08, 2008
Activist politics This piece explains a part of a repeated cycle of experience in my life ... relationships among and within groups of people, where we all exist. Whether family, community, activist groups or at the office, this is a small glimpse, serving perhaps as a reminder to 'step back and reflect' on larger pictures and on the complexity of human progress. from ... http://www.excellerate.co.nz/tt3lifecycle.html >Home >Really Useful Free Stuff >Team Tactics: Team Building Strategies to Improve Team Performance >Team Tactics: The Life Cycle of Teams Team Development: The Storm before the Team Performs Groups go through stages before they perform well. Conflict is part of the group formation process . The most influential model of the team developmental process is that of Bruce W. Tuckman (1965). He gave us a way to interpret and make sense of the various stages groups pass through on their way to becoming an effective team. Tuckman described this journey as five distinct stages: forming, storming, norming, performing, and adjourning. At first glance the model suggests that teams will move through each of these stages in a predictable sequence. However, in reality teams will progress through these stages and remain at the different stages for varying lengths of time. Some teams can become stuck in a particular stage and fail to progress while others can regress to an earlier stage of development. cont'd ... http://www.excellerate.co.nz/tt3lifecycle.html Two other stages are suggested ... "dorming" when teams run smoothly but rest on their laurels and avoid change ... and "mourning" when teams are dispersed at project's end or otherwise. Within small permanently defined groups such as families, or among jurisdictions around the world, alliances form and adjourn, for many varieties of purposes. The critical development phase is storming: When seen as part of the natural process of interpersonal development, it does not threaten the team. If seen as an indicator of failure of the team, it often will be the end of the team. The transition to performing is a matter of keeping a larger perspective, a focus on common purposes, and room for comfortable personal places from which to achieve common purposes.