Stefan Morales – Bio

I am a writer, policy nerd, artist, and educator currently living in Victoria, British Columbia.  I’ve lived on both the west and east coasts of Canada and have worked with nonprofits and community leaders to build capacity for all sorts of projects for nearly a decade: some related to agriculture and ecology, some to civic literacy, social justice and straight-up party politics, and all related to that concept of shared commitment we call “the public”.

While the earth beneath exerts a strong pull, I generally tend to have my head in the clouds reading literature, philosophy, political theory, poetry, and pondering pondering pondering all the while.  I am sure that my friends have grown tired of my incessant suggestions: ‘have you read so and so’s book?’ or ‘sigh, I would really like to start a reading group on [insert philosophical tome].’ 

My comfort level with clouds comes from my childhood.  Growing up, my family and I would sit on the porch at night and wonder aloud about the nature of the cosmos, or the folly of humankind and the institutions it created to govern its affairs.  Being Chilean, my father always had many stories to tell us all of Pinochet’s coup d’etat and the forgotten golden age that came before; his telling of Chilean political history influenced my desire to learn more, and over the course of my schooling I explored the works of thinkers like Marx and Engels, Nietzsche, Camus, Foucault, Deleuze and Guattari (to name a very small handful) in order to better understand the political landscape of our twentieth century.  Throughout these studies, a question (clarified for me by Foucault) has run: what are the rights of the governed?

Through my work with the Wayward School I became inspired by organizations like the Galileo Society, a 19th century Hungarian student association, whose members sought to educate those who, for whatever reason, could not attend university.  This organizational model has been repeated (Paulo Freire’s work, the Workers Education Movement, the Antigonish Movement, etc.) because there are many ways to socially organize learning and connect that learning to meaningful work that impacts broader and more strategic audiences than, say, a graduate advisor.

To this end, I will always be interested in thinking about the linkage between knowledge and power outside of the existing institutional boxes that we expect to find them in, and Wayward is the atelier through which I express this interest.

Join me for some seminars and policy work parties!