The Working with People : Keywords curricular framework builds a foundation for establishing reciprocal relationship-building through student and faculty interactions with community-based groups and non-profit organizations by exploring the complex and contradictory contexts in which users, collaborators, and organizations live and work. A series of modules, resources and exercises, it can be used as a framework to complement existing classes, or as a stand-alone short course or series of workshops in preparation for later partnerships.
Working with People is a partner on "The Ship's First Shape Was a Raft" project - a two-year collaboration between the New School, Washington Heights Expeditionary Learning School (WHEELS) and the Fortune Society. This is a project supported by the New School Collaboratory and the Rockefeller Foundation.
Since 2009, the critical pedagogy project “Working with People” has been developing innovative approaches toward fostering critical conversations around “civic engagement” and the pedagogy and politics of teaching and collaborating “with communities." Using a framework of critical keywords, and the juxtaposition of their multiple meanings, the project teaches workshops, hosts symposia, develops curricula, and continues to build this website of public media, always looking for new partners and new ways that this work might help spur conversations on complex issues around collaboration, community, power and difference.