November 16, 2016

If it is bad to be disillusioned, it must be good to be Illusioned, right?  The name of course is a kind of provocation, and though on one hand it is a criticism of how institutions have been doing community development and poverty reduction it is founded on principals...

November 16, 2016

Three men, four women and three children went walking, talking and discovering that which is their own, that which is close yet far. The partly-paved street surprised the women, “How pretty in contrast to the streets made out of dirt where we live.” There is an events...

November 16, 2016

Brief Background on Social Illusionism

“Social Illusionism” is an innovative, international approach to participatory community work. In Mexico the work began over five years ago with the collaboration of social workers, architects, professors and neighbors. Most of our...

November 16, 2016

In the beginning of December a group of academics, community workers, city and neighborhood officials and participants of the community center of La Estacion sat around to plan on how to recover the antique train station of Cuernavaca. Los Patios de la Estacion is situ...

November 16, 2016

A few people started to gather at 11AM on the dot, getting ready to participate in the “Project,” as some participants in the Community Center refer to it. Around 15 school desk chairs, the same ones the children use every morning for the breakfast program, were being...

November 16, 2016

Today Emelia, Roberto, Ana, Francis and Teo, along with Erik and Juan Manuel, participated in mapping. It was hot; spring came early in Cuernavaca this year. It usually arrives by the 21st of March. The birds perched up in trees, right now are singing and making lots o...

November 15, 2016

During Holy Week, the CCIDD team invited La Estacion residents to participate in a cleaning activity. The youth, women and children walking along streets and pathways, collected garbage and recyclable materials. Afterwards, participants relaxed in the Community Center....

November 15, 2016

From intuition mapping, we come across the following:

  1. That we the UNILCO-Mexico team was not assaulted walking along the streets of La Estacion. A strip of beef was hung up on a cloth line. We hung up the Cloth Line of Wishes were participants on pieces of paper wro...

November 15, 2016

The Free University for a Collective Construction (La Universidad Libre para la Construción Colectiva) or UNILOCO´s Mexico team is initiating a remodeling project for the Los Patios de la La Estacion Community Center. The center is found in one of the oldest parts of C...

November 15, 2016

GETTING TO KNOW THE RAVINES OF CUERNAVACA:

Lots of moms along with their children and one dad, on the morning of April 9th, took a short bus ride from their neighborhood in La Estacion to the Amanalco ravine located in the historic center of Cuernavaca. The ravine has b...

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