The Vision: Activists, organizers, cultural workers and oral historians who engage oral history as a method for movement-building and social change often confront challenging ethical and practical dilemmas in our work. The Practitioner Support Network (PSN) seeks to create a safe space for practitioners to explore these challenges and get feedback and support from others who share similar values and commitments to a liberatory politics and praxis.
The Idea: Groundswell will host and facilitate a monthly video conference for a small group of practitioners (five to eight) focused on a particular question or challenge that one of the participants is confronting in their own practice or project.
Before the Call: Featured Practitioner writes up a brief description (half page or less) of the particular question or challenge that they are facing. The Practitioner may also choose to share additional materials for call participants to review in advance (up to 10 minutes of audio or video material, a written project description, a website, etc.).
On the Call: A rough agenda for each call will be:
- Introductions (5 min)
- Framing / Problem Posing (10 min) – Featured Practitioner provides a basic overview of their work and the specific challenge or question they are facing.
- Facilitated Discussion (25 min) – A Groundswell representative will facilitate a group discussion, inviting call participants to respond to the Practitioner’s question and offer feedback, comments, suggestions, examples from their own practice, etc.
After the Call: The Featured Practitioner will write up a brief, general summary (no more than 2 pages) of the discussion for wider distribution on the Groundswell website. (Call participants will have a chance to review/approve before distribution).