Canada Research Chair in Sustainability and Social Change Leadership

Confronting Contemporary Challenges in Sustainability Through Translocal Learning

African Social Movement Learning

How social movements learn in struggle, produce knowledge, and provoke public paradigm shifts have become an important focus of critical adult education in our contemporary turbulent times. And yet, African social movements, and their learning are largely absent from this literature. This work, therefore, provides a rare and much needed African contribution to this field.
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We are exploring four central themes in our work:


Creativity & Social Movement Activism

At the centre of social movement learning and a key point of connection for translocal learning is the creative generation of knowledge by movements building community resilience and tackling sustainability challenges.


Sustainable Livelihoods & Resilient Communities

A key point of organizing for many movements is defending livelihoods. In terms of translocal learning, building connections through shared experiences of defending livelihoods that are local, sustainable, and are about living with the land, air and water have been found to be very enriching.


Leadership in Social Movements for Change

In our experience, leadership in local movements taking on sustainability challenges is fluid and dynamic. Therefore the building of leadership needs to be understood as an always ongoing process of collective efforts, rather than the emergence of particular individuals.


Social Movement Learning

Learning is central to how social movements remain vibrant and connected to the issues they engage with. Social movement learning is a dynamic lens for looking at this learning, as it happens within and between movements, but also in the ways in which movements connect with the broader public or those in positions of power to bring new perspectives to their attention.

"That's the way our people write. They put things in song for history" (Kofi Larweh, 2016)


Translocal Learning

is an approach to solving complex global challenges, such as climate change or poverty. It is when groups at the local level learn from each other and share their knowledge with other like-minded groups.  Translocal learning can lead to change on a larger scale by allowing locally acting groups to maintain their unique culture and structure while nurturing global connections.


Dr. Jonathan Langdon, Canada Research Chair in Sustainability and Social Change Leadership

is looking at how translocal learning spaces are effecting change. Translocal learning spaces contribute to sharing knowledge and building momentum for change. They can also offer local groups a way to connect with other movements facing similar challenges.


Around the world, in cities and rural areas

people are working together to tackle the sustainability challenges that confront them. Yet their movements often seem isolated - especially when viewed in the context of the bigger threat of global climate change. As a dynamic and horizontal learning style, translocal learning contrasts starkly with the current lack of progress in climate change leadership at the global, multilateral level.

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About This Project
This project is made possible in part thanks to the kind support of Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.

This project is made possible in part thanks to the kind support of The Canada Foundation for Innovation.
This project is made possible in part thanks to the kind support of The Canada Research Chairs Program.