Tribal Teaching

Each year a new cohort of students arrive in my classes. Many arrive to some degree paralyzed by perfectionism, tentative about taking the initiative, and unwilling to throw themselves and their work into the real world out of fear of failure. My job is to transform them into the leaders our complex, interdependent and rapidly changing world needs. I am committed to transforming them into change-making animals.

I call my pedagogy Tribal Teaching: Rewild Your Students and Yourself.

Toward that end, we hold class 20-plus feet in the air in a mess of ropes, live on two dollar a day, operate a microfinancial institution in Honduras, mobilize global grass-root movements, and orchestrate a national conference.

This Graphic Novel captures its essence:

If you are intrigued, I invite you to review my blog entries dedicated to exploring my living curriculum. These 3 in particular:

Tribal Teaching

Resistance Training

“Don’t Look Up Dr. Humphrey”

How does Tribal Teaching work?

1. It starts with an Invitation:



2. Then You Build a Culture

11 Promises of a Change-Making Animal


3. Then you Rewild Your Students and Yourself by Taking These 7 Steps:


Are you a Tribal Teacher?

Find out by checking out this image: I am Not Your Professor


I practice Tribal Teaching in all its magnificence in my La Ceiba class, which is also a microfinance program my students and I run in El Progreso, Honduras with over 100 clients and artisans.

Seriously, did you ever feel this way as a student?

“We create and develop our own knowledge. We are our own teacher; we rejected the traditional classroom structure and channeled this dynamic into our approach towards development. Our student-centered philosophy created our client-centered approach. All of our programs have reflected this value. It was a decision made by students, our thoughts and convictions are our own and we own them.” – Santiago Sueiro