It’s the Arrival

It’s the start of Day 2 of the Generation WakingUp event in Seattle, and the sun is pouring into this yoga loft in Lake Union. I woke early and excited, and sitting here I know why. Already this morning when I was texting with my friend and ally Adrienne I came across the idea of doing an intro youth activist training in Olympia.

Inside these special bubbles of location and occupation I think that we take activist energy for granted sometimes. Recently I’ve forgotten that it takes that initial spark, that firestarting that I used to burn for. This event reminds me that is integral as I watch a legion of young activists coming into their own understandings of what this work can mean in their own lives. A difference in my pedagogy is that my work is centered on social action, and taking initiative to change the world as well as ourselves.

At the end of the day I believe that what matters is that folks, young and old, arrive at their own will in their own paces. Generation WakingUp is reminding me of that.

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For almost two decades, Adam F. C. Fletcher has led international outreach focused on engaging people successfully. Working with thousands of youth-serving nonprofits, K-12 schools, government agencies, international NGOs and other organizations around the world, his work spans the fields of education, public health, economic development and social services, and includes professional development, public speaking, publishing, social media and more. He founded the Freechild Institute for Youth Engagement, SoundOut and CommonAction, as well as writing more than 50 publications and 500 articles. He has also established 150-plus community empowerment projects.

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