Welcome to the Global Assembly for Knowledge Democracy

The 1st Global Assembly for Knowledge Democracy was held in Cartagena, Colombia, June 16, 2017.

The Assembly was held at the Cartagena Convention Center, Gran Salon Barahona.  From 8:30am and finished at 5:00pm.

Schedule for the Assembly

Greetings and the Start of the Assembly  –  8:30 am

Rajesh Tandon – Welcome  –   8:50 am

Budd Hall & Video:  Confluence at the Source of the Nile  – 9:00 am

Address – Boaventura de Sousa Santos  –  9:17 am

Assembly Working Session 1&2  –  10:30 am

Assembly Working Session 3 and Closing of the Assembly –  2:45 pm

Rationale of the Assembly

The Global Assembly addressed the extent to which epistemological, ideological and political differences can be reconciled in the interest of a sustainable and socially just world. The Global Assembly addressed this question in the context of an ecology of knowledges, organized with the intention of initiating a thoughtful and strategic assessment of the politics of knowledge creation and the potential of participatory approaches as alternatives to a monolithic knowledge enterprise based on the domination of the Global North and the marginalization and subordination of other knowledges.

The Global Assembly formed part of ARNA (Action Research Network of the Americas) and the National University of Colombia Gathering “Participation and Democratization of Knowledge: New Convergences for Reconciliation” held in Cartagena, Colombia – June 12 – June 16.

Relevant Links:

Conference website

Introduction by Lonnie Rowell

De Sousa Santos on Knowledge Politics

Contribute to the practitioner-researcher e-forum on the Global Assembly

Network Educational Action Research Ireland (NEARI) with Mairin Glenn, Bernie Sullivan, Mary Roche and Caitriona McDonagh

A Pre-Global Assembly workshop on Living Theory Research in an Ecology of Knowledges on the 12th June 2017


1) International Handbook of Action Research


2) Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA)


3)  Action Research Plus with Hilary Bradbury – AR+


4) Collaborative Action Research Network – CARN


5)  Action Research Network of the Americas – ARNA


6) Action Learning Action Research Association- ALARA


7)  Network Educational Action Research in Ireland – NEARI – Caitriona McDonagh, Mary Roche, Bernie Sullivan & Mairin Glenn 


8) Margaret Riel’s Free Action Research Course


9) Action Research And Related Resources At Southern Cross University With Bob Dick


10) Resources from Mario Ardón Mejía at:


11) Educational Action Research at:


12) The Canadian Journal of Action Research at:


13) Resources from Ortrun Zuber-Skerritt at:


14) Living Theory Action Research resources at: