Because KALW is interested in the work we are about to embark on, as it pertains to broader Bay Area themes of gentrification and tech activity, we are in the process of arranging a meeting with a teacher at City University of New York, Manissa, who will train us in oral history techniques. KALW has also offered to train us in these techniques, as well as in the more technical side of oral history recording, such as the use of recording equipment.
We were inspired by the readings on Participatory Action Research, and how this kind of work breaks down the subject/object dichotomy. It puts power back in the hands of those who are most negatively affected by systemic inequality. AMP’s engagement with community members and their focus on allowing the potency of their work to come from people’s personal, lived experiences strikes us as very much in line with the standards of effective service. We are excited about these kinds of collaborations between people on different sides of a social issue, as it produces a collective knowledge base that pools from many different kinds of experiences and expertises.
- Caroline, Natasha, and Jordan