An Austrian philosopher who founded the Intercultural Documentation Center in Mexico, Ivan Illich was known as a “maverick social critic” of contemporary. CIASP Canada – This talk was delivered on the evening of Saturday April 20 at St . Mary’s Lake of the Woods Seminary in Niles (Chicago). Austrian philosopher Ivan Illich, who was also a Roman Catholic priest, was Titled “To Hell with Good Intentions,” Illich discusses the deep.

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What can you do before and during your time abroad to learn about diverse cultures within the host country? And you will know when you fail.

Read the full Illich speech here: I do have deep faith in the enormous good will of the U. How can I avoid intentipns Initiate a discussion with the students by posing various questions about the upcoming service-learning program.

A “dove” must always be included in a public dispute organized to increase U. He goes on to compound the idea by suggesting most of these volunteers come from a comfortable and privileged lifestyle; one that would give them the luxury to take time to travel and volunteer.

This task is given to the U. I say it against many resistances within me; but it must be said. Intrntions all those gap year students engaging in politics instead…. Today, the existence of organizations like yours is offensive to Mexico. Calculate the total amount it will cost for the full group. This past week, we read and learned about different types of leadership forms. Why not just send the resources? There is no way for you to really meet with the underprivileged, since there is no common ground whatsoever for you to meet on.

Determine how many students in the group speak the host country language. Oh how I wish that I had heard Ivan Illich give this speech in Et vous n’avez encore rien vu… Critique de la science et du scientisme ordinaire.

Who are the community partners and how have they been engaged in the development of this program? I WILL be able to help…. And finally, in Latin America the Alliance for Progress has been quite successful in increasing the number of people who could not be better off — meaning the tiny, middleclass elites— and has created ideal conditions for wiyh dictatorships.


Service Leadership and ‘To Hell With Good Intentions’

At the same time, a middle class in the United States is the majority. All three of these efforts seem to be failing. On coming here I considered it my duty to continue my efforts toward getting you out of business. Although there is always a potential for the development of power illicy, they can be better avoided if cultural differences are respected and collaboration between individuals and communities is in the fore front of the project development.

Now, it is among the members of this middle class that you will find a few people who are willing to waste their time with you. I want to give back!

I am here to suggest that you voluntarily renounce exercising the power which being an American gives you. The idea that Hawaii was feudal comes from the western view of capitalism in that land must be owned and denies the idea of the Hawaiian perspective that land cannot be owned like a material possession, because the Western view does not have a cultural or spiritual connection to the land.

Now to my prepared statement. It is no social distinction in the U. S cannot survive if the rest of the world is not convinced that here we have Heaven on Earth. Therefore you might have invited me here to help the others reach this same decision. The very frustration which participation in CIASP programs might mean for you, could lead you to new awareness: To hell with good intentions.

You intentionss from a country ivaan industrialized early and which succeeded in incorporating the great majority of its citizens into the middle classes.

I do not agree with this argument. In recent years, there has been astonishing growth in international programming that embeds service-learning or some form of community engagement. Upon return, facilitate a discussion on social responsibility and community engagement with students.


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Of course, this surprising conviction was supported by members of a missionary order, who would have no reason to exist unless they had the same conviction – except a much stronger one.

The entire speech is usually cited as being given in Cuernavaca Mexico… but it was delivered in Chicago on April The Canadian group first appeared at St. I was impressed by your insight that the motivation of US volunteers overseas springs mostly from very alienated feelings and concepts.

Politique relative aux cookies. In Mexicoit is a tiny elite. Wih condemns US service organizations and international mission trips as paternalistic and states that they cause more harm within communities than good.

For the past six years I have become known for my increasing opposition to the presence of any and all North American ” dogooders ” in Latin America. I say it against many resistances within me; but it must be said.

He drafted a quick introduction to the original presentation and modified the written presentation. People who understand that your own bad consciences push you to this gesture would laugh condescendingly. After all, his livelihood and sense of purpose depends on his firm belief in a year-round mission which is of the same type as your summer vacation-mission.

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I am here to entreat you to use your money, your status and your education to travel in Latin America. Ask what they will be doing differently now that they have participated in this ogod service-learning program and how they will continue to engage in service now that they are back, whether on campus or in the local community. And you will know hll you fail. And finally, you come to help the underdog accept his destiny within the process!