Learning the Future Now
Education for Sustainability: igniting the debate
For the last 150 or so years people across the world have been building systems powered by abundant supplies of oil and gas. We know these life-support systems by such names as commodity supply, transport, the national grid, health, housing, food production and the economy, and they have woven themselves together to become our web of life. Our cultural expressions, our politics and even our ways of educating function through a world view that is fuelled by cheap, available energy.
We are now at a pivotal moment when big business, governments and people across the world are waking up to the fact that fossil fuels are finite, their emissions drive climate chaos, and huge systemic shifts are inevitable as we wean ourselves off our high-carbon lifestyles. Even projecting just 20 years into the future, when fuel prices are much higher and we are meeting strict carbon emission reduction targets, we can envision impacts on all our life-support systems. Yet, for the most part, we are educating our children and young people as if no such changes were happening.
David Orr, the leading U.S. educator for sustainability, writes in his book “Earth in Mind”:
“Those now being educated will have to do what we, the present generation, have been unable or unwilling to do: stabilise world population; stabilise and then reduce the emission of greenhouse gases, which threaten to change the climate, perhaps disastrously; protect biological diversity; reverse the destruction of forests everywhere; and conserve soils. They must learn how to use energy and materials with great efficiency. They must learn how to utilise solar energy in all of its forms. They must rebuild the economy in order to eliminate waste and pollution. They must learn how to manage renewable resources for the long run. They must begin the great work of repairing, as much as possible, the damage done to the earth in the past 200 years of industrialisation. And they must do all this while they reduce worsening social and racial inequities. No generation has ever faced a more daunting agenda.”
What skills, knowledge and abilities do this rising generation need to flourish at a time when systems are being forced to change and even break down so that a new world view can emerge? A world view that supports life in all its forms so that life itself can be sustained, and not just human life but the whole web of life. In this context, what is education really for? It is both hugely exciting and daunting to engage in this debate. It takes us from the broadest sweep of life, the universe and everything down to such questions as “How do we wake people up and empower them to be agents of change?”; “What does it mean to teach from a place of authenticity and not knowing?”; “What are the really good approaches that already exist in education and that can be reconfigured with sustainability at their core?”; “What does it really mean to be human on this planet now?”.
These are not just questions for educators. How we prepare young people now to create sustainable futures is of concern to all of us. We invite you to contribute and take this conversation out there into your families, schools, places of work and wider afield.
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After many years establishing and running consulting practices in Information Technology across continental Europe, Asia, the Middle East I decided that I needed to focus on the more important aspects of my life: family and community.
For several years I have been exploring other ways to live, and earn a living, that are based more on relationships, values and a (more) responsible relationship with the planet.
This lead me to explore the importance of "purpose" and personal core values, and to finding ways to connect people, to create spaces in which we can explore together the fundamental questions that are at the heart of any transition.
Our lives, and our futures, are defined by the choices we make - especially when we don't consciously make a choice - and our choices are guided by our values. So if we want to move to a more sustainable existence then it seems to me
that we need to start by raising our awareness and consciousness of our values and fundamentally
address our relationship with nature and the communities in which we
live. I feel strongly that moving away from a consumer-centric life and
a model of success that is based on "what we have" rather than what we
contribute to our communities is essential.
Many people have inspired, provoked and challenged me to be more authentic and to think and live in abundance.
In 2006 I met Mike Zeidler and came across ASP for the first time. Since then ASP has been a major influence and a unique space in which I have forged some valuable relationships and developed many project collaborations.
Joining the local Transition Movement in Poole has been very significant. Making a difference in my own backyard is very rewarding as well as meeting many other like-minded and inspiring locals.
I'm interested in all things related to food - bread baking particularly.
And self-awareness and empowerment: Landmark Education kick-started this process for me and Tai Chi is proving to be a fascinating melding of body, mind and spirit, requiring a different level of discipline than I've experienced before.
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ASP is pleased to support ENDS' Green Economy Awards 2013.
The Green Economy Awards, formerly the Green Business Awards will celebrate the pioneers of Britain's brave new green economy. The awards will recognise excellence in environmental responsibility, reconfiguration of business models around sustainability principles, and the unsung heroes of the environmental services industry. They are the UK's most comprehensive awards on the subject.
With categories for sectors such as sustainability, green data, compliance, sustainability partnership, compliance, business, specialist, energy and politics these are the awards for the green economy.
There are also two categories that allow for nominations of individuals and both of these categories are free to enter: Green Politician and Thought Leader.
For more information and how to enter please go here: Green Economy Awards
Here are a couple of inspiring TED talks that resonate with one of the outcomes from Minstead, namely taking our offerings in to the cities and towns as well as the wilder more natural locations:
Fun and rewarding! We ask you to join our earthmoving team for 4 hours per day, and enjoy helping with ditches dug, banks banking up, reedbeds recreated and ponds put into place. We don't often hire earthmoving machinery, and when we do, we like to make the most of it with a support team of people with wheelbarrows, brash-clearing and bonfires, and buckets of gravel. It's like kids playing on the farm (but we do pay attention to health and safety, insurance etc of course). You don't actually have to move earth - you can help with getting food ready, or anything else you enjoy doing.
All in all, this is an experience week, the sort of experience that may change the way you think and live. So it is more than a holiday. It is about sharing and living in a rewarding way. We will share delicious meals, evenings round the bonfire, music, walks on the beach, collecting eggs from the chickens, perhaps yoga, meditation, stories, poetry, maybe a barn dance. You will spend time with friendly people, in a simple but rewarding way of life.
We at Trelay are very grateful to the universe for allowing us to live in such a lovely place, and we really would like to share it with you for a few days.
So book now!
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Starts in the afternoon on Friday 3rd May, finishes Sunday 12th May 2013
per day / night including accommodation in our camping barn and all
meals. If you'd like to stay for 7, 8 or 9 nights, it will cost you
£100 for the week. (We may also be able to offer bed and breakfast in
one of our houses.)
Please feel free to pass this invitation on to others.
Art of Hosting Practitioners Gathering
11 May 2013The Mulberry Room, The Gallery Cafe,21 Old Ford Road, Bethnal Green, London E2 9PL
(flexible start and finish times to allow for travelling time)
"What is powerfully called for in our changing world and what is my/our practice calling me/us to step into?"
The pace of change in the world is rapid, our lives are speedy and busy, and it’s easy to become disorientated. At the same time people yearn passionately for change and there is great energy for positive ideas and actions all over the world.
How do we stay open to this energy and nurture its presence in all our connections, and in our work?
This is your invitation to find and re/connect with mates, to think creatively with others interested in Art of Hosting practice. We aim to create an intentional space for conversation, for people to tune in, to explore together what can unfold, what is under the surface, and what is at the core of what we seek to achieve. For those of you who are still new to Art of Hosting it will be an opportunity to experience some of the tools of the trade – Circle, Open Space, World Café.
This will be a one day event, one of an occasional series of UK practitioner gatherings for people to get support and move on in their lives and work. Your hosting team includes Dave Ridge, Jennifer Jones, Paul Smart and Lesley Wood, with support from Linda Mitchell and Valerie Menelec. Refreshments will be provided but please bring food for a shared lunch. Vegetarian and vegan meals and snacks are available all day at the Gallery Cafe. There will be a collection on the day to cover (minimal) expenses.
Please contact Lesley Wood asap to book your place, at email@example.com, or on 07704 452862.
Please also let her know if you have any specific needs, or need help with accommodation or costs.
Got an odd job you need doing? Want to choose how much to pay? Or need to earn extra cash near you?
Then please visit www.oddjobscentre.com. It’s free for you to use, as we’ve developed it in our spare time, and introduces people with real needs, like putting together flat pack furniture, hanging some pictures, or any other odd job, to others that are able to help. So now you don’t have to pay minimum call out rates or high street prices.
You can also use the site to search for ways to earn money in your spare time (students during their holidays, retired people, or anyone who could do with a bit of extra money in the hard economic times) and can even earn money by lending things out.
If you think it’s a good idea, and of value, then we’d be grateful if you could let others know about the oddjobscentre as it will only work if enough people register.
Many thanks for your help.
Now in its sixth year, and firmly established as one of the main sustainability events in Wales, Hay-on-Earth once again brings together business, government and community for a series of workshops and events with the explicit aim of taking sustainability change to the pace and scale that likely futures require.
In 2013,Landmarc, an international provider of choice for integrated training and infrastructure solutions,who have already taken their entire workforce of over 1200 people through accredited environmental training, are launching their Landmarc 100 project and a commitment to invest £100,000 and 10,000 hours of employee time in community sustainability projects.
Hay-on-Earth will also be the first public event for Slipstream Wales, TYF’s ambitious project that is bringing together business, civic and environmental leaders and create projects that use Wales as a test track for breaking the sound barrier on sustainability.
Click Links for further details of each workshop...
Event 183 • Tuesday 28 May 2013, 10am • Venue: Landmarc 100 Stage
What do we need to do to deliver the resilient ecosystem services needed by all of us, every day? As part of the Landmarc 100 Innovations Scheme, this is the first in a series of open invitation workshops, conversations and presentations designed to inspire applicants, tackle the big issues of sustainability, and take the great ideas you’ve jotted on the back of beer mats or napkins and make them real. Entry to this event is free but you must reserve a ticket.
Event 188 • Tuesday 28 May 2013, 11.30am • Venue: Landmarc 100 Stage
What do we need to do to deliver the resilient ecosystem services needed by all of us, every day? Join us to take the great ideas you’ve jotted on the back of beer mats or napkins and make them real. Entry to this event is free but you must reserve a ticket.
Event 193 • Tuesday 28 May 2013, 1pm • Venue: Landmarc 100 Stage
How business, government and community could collaborate and drive country-scale change to make Wales land and nature net-positive. WWF’s Anne Meikle and Bangor University’s Gareth Wyn Jones discuss. Chaired by Andy Fryers. Price: £5.00
Event 200 • Tuesday 28 May 2013, 2.30pm • Venue: Landmarc 100 Stage
Five organisations shortlisted for the Green Dragons’ Den will be telling their stories, practicing their pitches and sharing ideas on how they’d use the £10,000 prize if they won the Den. Today focuses on how we can create innovative, connected and healthy communities using our land and resources. Free, drop in
Event 205 • Tuesday 28 May 2013, 4pm • Venue: Landmarc 100 Stage
Five participants, four Dragons and three minutes to tell a story that will capture the Dragons’ hearts, minds and cheque books for a chance to win a grant of £10,000. Today focuses on how we can create innovative, connected and healthy communities using our land and resources. Entry to this event is free but you must reserve a ticket.
Event 225 • Wednesday 29 May 2013, 10am • Venue: Landmarc 100 Stage
Making radical changes to the way business works with communities to bridge the gap between public, private and voluntary sectors. As part of the Landmarc 100 Innovations Scheme, this is the second in a series of open invitation workshops, conversations and presentations designed to inspire applicants, tackle the big issues of sustainability, and take the great ideas you’ve jotted on the back of beer mats or napkins and make them real.
Entry to this event is free but you must reserve a ticket.
Event 230 • Wednesday 29 May 2013, 11.30am • Venue: Landmarc 100 Stage
Making radical changes to the way business works with communities to bridge the gap between public, private and voluntary sectors. Join us to take the great ideas you’ve jotted on the back of beer mats or napkins and make them real. Entry to this event is free but you must reserve a ticket.
Event 235 • Wednesday 29 May 2013, 1pm • Venue: Landmarc 100 Stage
How business, government and community could collaborate and drive country-scale change to make Wales’ communities net-positive. Paul Matthews, Chief Executive of Monmouthshire County Council, and Hywel Lloyd, advisor to energy self-sufficient Stoke-on-Trent, discuss with TYF’s Andy Middleton. Price: £3.00
Event 240 • Wednesday 29 May 2013, 2.30pm • Venue: Landmarc 100 Stage
Want some guidance, mentoring or financial support? Whether you are just starting out or needing to grow, drop in to meet the people who can help you out and to network with other like-minded souls. FREE - DROP IN
Event 245 • Wednesday 29 May 2013, 4pm • Venue: Landmarc 100 Stage
Five participants, four Dragons and three minutes to tell a story that will capture the Dragons’ hearts, minds and cheque books for a chance to win a £15,000 cash award and one-to-one support from UnLtd. Entry to this event is free but you must reserve a ticket
Event 267 • Thursday 30 May 2013, 10am • Venue: Landmarc 100 Stage
How do professionals across all sectors develop the survival skills for a resilient future? As part of the Landmarc 100 Innovations Scheme, this is the third in a series of open invitation workshops, conversations and presentations designed to inspire applicants, tackle the big issues of sustainability, and take the great ideas you’ve jotted on the back of beer mats or napkins and make them real. Entry to this event is free but you must reserve a ticket.
Event 273 • Thursday 30 May 2013, 11.30am • Venue: Landmarc 100 Stage
How do professionals across all sectors develop the survival skills for a resilient future? Join us to take the great ideas you’ve jotted on the back of beer mats or napkins and make them real. Entry to this event is free but you must reserve a ticket.
Event 279 • Thursday 30 May 2013, 1pm • Venue: Landmarc 100 Stage
How do we take the individual professionals’ ideas and innovations and raise them to a country-wide scale across Wales? How could we measure the benefits, join the dots and really get organisations working together? Jane Davidson, INSPIRE Director at University of Wales, Steve Evans, Industrial Sustainability Research Director at Cambridge University, and Mat Roberts, Head of Sustainability at Landmarc Support Services, discuss with TYF’s Andy Middleton
Event 312 • Friday 31 May 2013, 10am • Venue: Landmarc 100 Stage
How can we use omnipresent data to drive behaviour change, improve performance and make radical the new normal? This is the last in a series of open invitation workshops, conversations and presentations designed to inspire applicants, tackle the big issues of sustainability, and take the great ideas you’ve jotted on the back of beer mats or napkins and make them real. Entry to this event is free but you must reserve a ticket.
Event 317 • Friday 31 May 2013, 11.30am • Venue: Landmarc 100 Stage
How can we use omnipresent data to drive behaviour change, improve performance and make radical the new normal? Join us to take the great ideas you’ve jotted on the back of beer mats or napkins and make them real. Entry to this event is free but you must reserve a ticket.
Event 322 • Friday 31 May 2013, 1pm • Venue: Landmarc 100 Stage
How can data be used to help drive behaviour change, increase performance and make radical the new normal? With speakers from the world of technology and smart data analysis, chaired by TYF’s Director Andy Middleton. Price: £3.00
Event 328 • Friday 31 May 2013, 2.30pm • Venue: Landmarc 100 Stage
Earlier this week a group of senior business leaders, third sector innovators and participants from government came together in Hay to catalyse change in Wales. Join in the discussions in this open event and help build confidence and capability to magnify the solutions and share them globally. Entry to this event is free but you must reserve a ticket.
There seems to be a growing awareness in the formal education sector, especially the independent Business Schools and those affiliated to universities, that there needs to be a new approach to embedding sustainability in their curriculum. Certainly there is a place for formal teaching of certain areas of sustainability.
- Can it be taught?
- Should there be more "learning" that is directed to the right brain to complement the current teaching process; that develops critical thinking and world views?
- Can this be taught only by academics or is there a role for the practitioner?
- What value can "guiding", peer-to-peer learning and other non-hierarchical methods bring where the outcomes and results are unknown and emerge from the educating?
- What are the "soft-skills" that will serve practitioners and therefore need to be developed?
These are some of the questions that have been widely discussed both within ASP and with members of Businesses Schools and unis recently. And now we invite you to join us in the New Forest to explore these questions and see what we can contribute to embedding sustainability in HE/FE.
I hope you can join us on Friday 26th April from 17:00(ish) to Saturday 27th April 16:30 at the Minstead Study Centre in the New Forest. Details attached.
We are aiming to keep the numbers down to 15 for this first meeting so please reserve your place early, here: http://aspect01.eventbrite.com
The costs will be about £40-60 each including food (which we will all have a chance to contribute to: provision and preparation!) and accommodation, depending upon the final number of participants.
Applications are now open for One Year in Transition 2013-14
A new programme for people in their Twenties who want to lead their own practical projects for community wellbeing and find right livelihood
This course is offered by Transition Network, the organization that supports communities around the world that are committed to post-carbon living. Designed as a self-directed learning journey, you learn practical skills, community engagement and inner development. Spread over 11 months, it is as full or part time as you want it to be, is low cost and you can do it right where you are or move to a host community.
The Year includes:
Four meet-ups of around a week each (ending in July 2014). In September you learn about the workings of Transition in a special training programme, meet the team at the heart of Transition Network, practice the art of story-telling, get out into nature, and start your Action Enquiry. We will also design the rest of the year together.
Regular contact through Skype with your peers and tutors for mutual support and shared enquiry through questioning.
Help finding a skills master especially for you and a personal mentor who will support you through the challenges that the year will bring.
If you are interested in running this programme where you live please get in touch
Current participants are setting up the new network for youth in Transition, learning traditional rural skills, starting up a new Time Bank in Oxford and starting a new up-skilling programme for young people in Bristol.
“The course has given me permission to get wrapped up in nature and the metaphors of myth and has caused us, as a group of students to become close and to be truly honest and appreciative of one another” (Richard in South Brent).
“The first week's training was just phenomenal. I learnt so much from the Transition model, which is going to be so helpful in my own project. Especially the way people deal with the realisation that we are living in an unsustainable world, and how to support them and ourselves as we come to terms with the kind of appropriate actions we need to take” (Hannah in Oxford)
“As I stepped out of the door [at the end of the first week] I realised how incredibly grateful I am to be a part of 1YT and how healing it is to be carrying out this work” (Lisa in Bristol).
Start: This September 23 to 29 in Totnes, Devon
End: July 2014 with a group celebration and project presentation
Cost: £1500 to cover essential tuition costs. When you sign up you will be asked for £500 deposit. (You will in addition need to meet travel expenses and the costs of residential meet-ups, which we keep as low as we can)
Applications close at the end of July
You can do this alongside part-time work or study
For a phone or Skype chat contact:
Isabel Carlisle, Education Co-ordinator, Transition Network
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 01803 847 976 (Leave a clear message!)
Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum Keynote Seminar: Smart metering in the UK - consumer engagement, privacy and moving towards the 'mass rollout'
Tuesday, 23rd April 2013
This event is CPD certified
Guest of Honour: Dr Mike Short, Vice President, Telefónica Europe
This Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum seminar will be a timely opportunity to assess progress and next steps in the delivery of the Government's vision for every home in Great Britain being equipped with smart energy meters, as the programme moves toward the 'mass rollout' stage in 2014. It follows the Government's First Annual Progress Report on the Roll-out of Smart Meters and Response to the Consultation on the Consumer Engagement Strategy.
With the establishment of Data and Communications Company due to be finalised, sessions will bring out latest views on the wider service and 'smarter community' opportunities associated with the smart meter home gateway, and the continued security and privacy concerns surrounding the programme.
Delegates will also discuss approaches to meeting the challenges in wider consumer and industry engagement as the rollout progresses, as well as creating a supply chain and workforce capable of delivering such an ambitious programme.