Imagining new possibilities

Welcome to Module 3 of the Rhodes University ‘Changing Practice’ short course.

Once we have worked through this module together you will be able to compile the story of your water issue as a case study and we will have introduced you to ways in which you can use your case study to support action with the groups you work with.

It is at this point of the course that you will work very closely with your anchor organisation and/or your provincial water caucus. The purpose of sharing your case studies with others is to plan for or support action in your areas.

How will this help me in my work?

In Module 1 you learnt how to identify the questions people have about their water practice. In Module 2 you learnt how to build and draw on knowledge networks and to broaden your understanding of your local context to help you answer the questions that people have about their water practice. Now in Module 3 you will learn how to represent the case study you have developed in a way that is accessible to you and to the people you work with so that together you can begin to act. Some of the new knowledge or findings in your case study may challenge old ways of doing things. This may lead to a change in your practice as an activist in the water sector.

Aims and learning outcomes of this module

Aim: Develop and share your case study to support learning.

Outcomes: At the end of this course:

  • You will be able to pull together local knowledge (the observations and interviews you did in Assignment one) and knowledge gained from your knowledge networks (Assignment 2) into a case which you can share with others.
  • You will practice how to write up this case in a way that makes sense to you and the people you work with
  • You will be able to test your case with your anchor organisation and the people who are doing this practice and, use it come up with possible scenarios for action OR explore current action plans and ask – is this the best scenario?
  • You will then begin to implement these plans and reflect on how it is going.

Sections

Telling the story

How we learn with and from each other You have been working hard on your change projects gathering stories of people and their practices and drawing on your knowledge network. Now you will pull everything together in the form of a case study and then think about how you want to share this case study with …

Imagining new possibilities

Once the first draft of your case study is finished you will have a well developed understanding of your issues based not only on your experience but the experiences of others. This may also include examples from other areas through other research or websites. We often find it easy to talk about our problems. It …

Conclusion

It is going to be six months before we see you again. This seems like a long time but it isn’t. To really make the most of this opportunity to turn your issues into action you need to make a commitment to meeting regularly as a group and working together. This is no longer …