Teaching the military about community organisation

Last week myself and members of the Communal Council La Columna, in Merida, gave a workshop on grassroots power and community organisation  to over one hundred militia trainees from the military barracks in our community.


We began the workshop with a fun cooperative game, then formed groups to talk about the meaning of “popular” or grassroots power. Then we played another cooperative game called “the bridge” to help demonstrate the importance of values, cooperation, communication, support, and participation in achieving goals. This led us into a discussion on the importance of community organisation in solving our collective problems, and we explained how a communal council is formed, structured, and run.