The Long View

 Mayan Pyramid

The challenges we are confronting in the world today -- oppression, exploitation, and the accumulation of resources in the hands of a few -- are not unique to the last 50 or 500 years. These problems make appearances much earlier in human history.

To overcome the challenges we face today, we need to delve deeper into our collective past. That’s why we are proposing to cover 5,000 years of history in 6 days: to begin restoring our memory of the past and planning for the future. We will cover a range of times and places, with particular focus on the cultures, struggles, and resilience of people of African and Latin@ descent.

 Over 6 days, we will:

  • Delve into what happened in our evolutionary history to draw a fuller picture of who we are as human beings.
  • Look at how we've altered our environment, from the Neolithic Revolution, when many settled and adopted an agricultural way of life, up to the present day.
  • Enrich our understanding of what happened in different civilizations, from Ancient Egypt to Mesoamerica, and how those events continue to make themselves felt today.
  • Understand the relationships between Black and Brown communities in the Americas, before Columbus.
  • See how material relationships between people and things evolved over time, going beyond and before Marx’s analysis.
  • Lift up Third World struggles of resistance.

Ayni held our first Long View training in December 2015 with support from the Bertha Foundation. It was facilitated by a team of organizers and healers (Carlos Saavedra, James Hayes, Dulce Juarez, Jorge Gonzalez, Lucien Demaris, and Lissy Romanow) with an extraordinary, beautiful group of 15 participants from across the country. 

We do not know when the next Long View training will be, but if you are interested in attending, please contact Lissy at lissy@ayni.institute. We are currently supporting our first community of practice and preparing a new cadre of trainers to carry the work forward. 

We look forward to sharing the Long View with you!