Learn more about our pedagogy and language in our glossary!
Global Action Circles
The “Solution” we Provide
Our solution is community. By building communities of care, online and in-person, young people first start to see that they are not alone in questioning their education systems and gain the confidence to ask deeper and deeper questions, which make for innovative and thoughtful projects that get deployed locally, while staying connected globally.
We build community through our youth-led programming and build capacity through a tried and tested pedagogical approach which has 3 steps:
The YxY Process
What is: Sensemaking & Meaning-Making
Sensemaking is the process by which people make sense of their personal and collective experiences and ascribe meaning to things. Unfortunately, our industrial education systems impede our ability to make sense of the world when they divide human knowledge into separated disciplines that rarely communicate with one another. We need to develop the ability to think more holistically to comprehend the complex systems we are a part of.
YxY fosters our sensemaking capacities by:
- Creating spaces for dialogue and intercultural exchange
- Questioning the systems we are a part of to identify the root causes of the social and environmental issues we face, rather than just looking at the symptoms
- Developing our systems thinking and acting capabilities
What if: Radical Reimagination
Imagination is the soil that brings dreams to life. It enables us to bring clarity to what we want to change and what is truly possible. Unfortunately, research shows that as we go through school, our ability to imagine decreases steadily. We need to recover the ability to imagine if we are to create the world of our longing.
YxY fosters our imagination by:
- Making visible the variety of learning and education alternatives as a way to show that another way is not just possible, it already in exists in many forms
- Envisioning new worlds and thriving education systems - imagination becomes a practice
- Prefiguring the kind of world we wish to create through the way we show up with one another and the spaces we create
What now: Personal & Collective Action
Young people are facing similar challenges globally and are coming of age at a time of global multiple crises (inequality, biodiversity loss, climate change, etc.). Yet, schools rarely if ever teach young people how to take action to create the change they know is needed. Changemaking is a key capacity in a world in transition.
YxY supports young people in taking action by:
- Fostering global youth solidarity
- Centering peer-learning and self-directed learning
- Creating spaces to practice changemaking, share with one another, and support one another