ONE DC uses popular education techniques and values for leadership development and skills building. Popular Education is a values-changing process based on the ideals of equity and justice for change. It is inclusive and continuous, bringing people together in a safe and supportive space to discuss and analyze individual and community problems and their root causes. Finally, it helps such groups identify short and long-term actions they need to take to remedy identified problems. ONE DC models its popular education process after the consciousness-raising work conducted by SNCC and other groups in such initiatives as the Mississippi Freedom Summer and the Citizenship Schools.
ONE DC Educational Approach and Framework
- Develop a capacity building process that honors people’s experiences and values
- Promote and support healthy/shared leadership and the development of a shared vision
- Create a safe action space that promotes genuine alliance building
- Move people to make political and ideological connections