Community Based Learning in Action – An Ethiopian-Minnesota Story Event

Thursday, May 7 * 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.  * DCTC Student Life Center

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Interested public,  faculty and staff are invited to attend a presentation by Lori Pappas, Founder and Executive Director of Global Team for Local Initiatives (GTLI) present An Ethiopian-Minnesota Story.  Lori and  her Ethiopian leaders from GTLI have been recognized as implementing principles consistent with the World Bank Report World Development 2015: Mind, Society and Behavior at the grass roots level.

GTLI programming is focused on five main areas of impact:  population, health, environment, livelihood and children.  The underlying development hypothesis of their programming is, “If we understand the process of the mind (paying attention to how people think), the influence of society (understanding how context and history shape thinking), and behavior (targeting human choice and action), as we spend time and resources on experimenting, learning and adapting our methodologies during the intervention cycle, then it is possible for people to gain the understanding, skills and resources to help themselves climb out of chronic poverty and dependence on food aid.”

Community Based Learning in Action (CBLA) is a highly participatory, visual discovery process that works within the context of the community–paying attention to the way people think, the influence of society and the individual’s choices and actions.

Refreshments will be served.

For more information contact Harold Torrence at or by phone at 651-423-8606.