Activities that help people begin to analyze their experience. Some are also useful for adding information to the discussion, or for practicing knowledge.

Sample categories for the Union Democracy and Power Line

These are categories we used in the power line at the 2000 National Rank-and-File Carpenters Conference in Boston, Mass. that AUD organized with Carpenters for a Democratic Union.


  • In the actual chart, the categories were much larger -- 90 point type.
  • You have to create categories that match your participants and their concerns (based on any information you can gather before the event).
  • You should always include at least two blank columns and encourage participants to add any categories they think are missing from the power line.

Activity A. An educator's journey.


My coworkers and I used The Educator's Journey in the Popular Education and Activism Working Group we had in the mid 1990's. I found it helped me better understand my fellow teacher/activists and helped me place my current work as a teacher in the context of my experience. (The activity is universal in popular education. I first learned it from Joao Paulo and Eleanora Castano Ferreira in a workshop for teachers at the old ILGWU Worker-Family Education Program.)

Activity 4.1 Robert's Rules -- matching activity

By Matt Noyes.

This activity uses a simple game to help people learn and remember the basic terminology of Robert's Rules of Parliamentary procedure. (See links to Robert's Rules sites.)

Good for:
Making the jargon and basic procedures familiar, helping people see how to use the terminology to do what they want to do.


Activity 2.5 Visions of Unionism.

By Matt Noyes. I started using diagrams to help explain the framework of legal rights and the importance of organizing, then found that the diagrams could also be used to explore people's visions of what unionism is and can/should be. I added the handout later as a kind of summary of my own view of the diagrams.