When I visited Oaxaca, Mexico about a month ago now, I had the honor of sitting down to talk with Gustavo Esteva, a revolutionary thinker that I greatly admire, for about an hour. And he let me record it to share with the world! This conversation had a very powerful impact on me, and I hope it does the same for you.
There are 7 videos – please watch them all!
Currently traveling in Mexico, updates to come! After a few days in San Cristobal de las Casas, which included a visit to the Universidad de la Tierra there and a chat with Dr. Raymundo Sánchez Barraza, I am now enjoying the great city of Oaxaca, my first time ever visiting. Yesterday included a lot of walking around and taking it all in, taking advantage of locally made craft beers and street food, local live music, revolutionary book stores, taking in the sun on a beautiful day, and the general sights and sounds of this lively place that seems to combine everything I love about Latin American cities. I will definitely have to come back.
Today, my dear friend and fellow indigenous rights and autonomy enthusiast and I will walk across the city to Unitierra here for a conversation with Gustavo Esteva, whose books and articles we’ve been reading and/or re-reading this week and have led to meaningful discussion.
In my self-directed studies of international development, I’ve been introduced to Gustavo Esteva – a “post-development” theorist and practitioner from Mexico who has worked with the Zapatista movement and describes himself as a “grassroots activist and deprofessionalized intellectual.” I find his writing poignant, his ideas original, and his message inspiring. In a few weeks, I will be going to Oaxaca to visit Unitierra – the “university” he has helped to create – and possibly even meet Gustavo himself!
Here’s an article he wrote describing the idea behind Unitierra: