To be ecologically literate is to have the ability to see things differently, to engage with the natural world and learn from it, and to understand that just like our resources, society needs to become more sustainable in order to survive. Most of us accept that we need to re-think the way we live on this planet – but how do we go about it? And, will it make a difference anyway? The answer is yes.
An integrated, embodied knowledge of the first principles of ecoliteracy is essential to every individual, no matter what form their work in the world takes… As part of the whole, our lives have great impact and meaning and the choices we make now will affect the lives of each generation to come. Emily Ryan, Course facilitator for Ecoliteracy: First Principles for Radical Change
The principles of ecoliteracy look beyond what we ask individuals, organisations or governments to do, and concentrates on investing in ecological good practice. Building this understanding into society through education and systems can have a deeper and more profound impact, but we still have our own parts to play.
“Planning the Schumacher College short course programme is itself a lesson in the challenges of working in a world of ever-increasing interdependence, chaos and uncertainty. Mercifully, some courses fall into place quite effortlessly, whereas others go through many incarnations and permutations before finally appearing on our website… I’m currently putting the finishing touches to our 3-week courses which take place between January and March of next year….”
Ever wondered how the short courses come about? Inga Page, Programme Manager at Schumacher College talks us through some of the challenges of designing courses from scratch, and asks for you help in defining the anniversary programme. Click here to read this story in full.
Transformational Change: Business inspired by nature | November 2010
On this programme, a group of around 20 people from business and change organisations will work collaboratively on developing a template for change that they can take back to their organisations to catalyse transformational thought, innovation and action.
Redeeming Darkness | Tchenka Sunderland, Lindsay Clarke & Chris Salisbury | December 2010
At this, the darkest time of the year, it seems appropriate to seek the redemption of the Dark. Building on last year’s course, Darkness and Transformation, this course will enable participants to reflect on how we can renew our relationship with the creative mysteries of darkness and come to understand and appreciate its powers and gifts.
To date over 230 of our colleagues and contacts have already completed the survey regarding the new Masters programme in economics. Perhaps unsurprisingly, but reassuringly, over 98% think that there is a need for this programme. But the figures and responses are also providing us with some essential and sometimes surprising information regarding learning process and content, and lots more.
If you have not yet had the chance to do so, we invite you to help co-design this programme through this survey by telling us what you imagine it to be like. What inspiration, knowledge and skills are needed to support a new generation of leaders and activists in creating an economy fit for the future?
To see our latest thinking about the course visit our website. Click here
The first two, in a chain of stories about transformation and how Schumacher College links to our work, life and passions.
“Tai Chi is a huge resource for us now as we face horrendous problems in relation to our collectively destructive effect on the earth. I recently attended Meg Wheatley’s course on leadership at Schumacher, in which she confirmed my belief in the huge need for spiritual disciplines during these times. She said that leaders she has worked with over the years can only survive the current pressures by having a spiritual discipline – without this she said they would quite simply burn out….” Matthew Rochford, June 2010: Participant on Leading in Times of Chaos, May 2010 with Margaret Wheatley
“Schumacher should be a special place to all those that want to use it. Each person that passes through will receive their own special recipe for transformation. For some there are distinct moments of change, others have an experience which is only understandable once back amongst family and friends, or their work. For others the experience may never be ‘understandable’ but their internal resources are suddenly stronger, helping them in service. Schumacher is therefore here for us as people to ‘become’ what our planet needs us to be…” Anna Lodge, July 2010
Participant on Creative Partnerships, April 2007 with Cynthia King
Devon School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE) are planning to run a second programme for budding social entrepreneurs starting in January 2011. Application forms are available now and interviews will take place from September through to November 2010. Attending a taster event is strongly recommended so that you can meet the programme team and a current Devon SSE student who will speak about their experience of being on the programme. For more info click here
Awakening our Relationship with Food
Edward Espe Brown, Carolyn Steel
September 13 – 17, 2010
Wild Nature, Human Nature: Deep sustainability through Ecotherapy
Mary-Jayne Rust, Dave Key
September 18 – 24, 2010
Creativity and Social Innovation
Kate Davies, Jonathan Robinson
20 – 24 September, 2010
Whose Land is it Anyway? Empowerment and community of place
Alastair McIntosh, Iain MacKinnon, Sulemana Abudulai
27 September – 1 October, 2010
To Buy or Not to Buy? Consumption, Growth and Prosperity
Tim Jackson, Ed Mayo, Julie Richardson
October 4 – 8, 2010
Wild Plants as Food and Medicine
Erin Smith, Simon Mills
11 – 15 October 2010
Ecological Facilitation: A gritty and creative approach to leadership BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND
Jenny Mackewn, Toni Spencer
October 17 – 23, 2010
Ecoliteracy: First principles for radical change BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND
Fritjof Capra (by videolink), Gustavo Esteva (by videolink), Stephan Harding, Philip Franses, Gill Wyatt, Julie Richardson, Mark Burton, Satish Kumar, Jon Rae, Terry Irwin (by videolink), Toni Spencer, Bethan Stagg, Anne Miller, Emily Ryan (course facilitator)
October 25 – November 5, 2010 (one and two-week options)
Leadership, Education and the Closed Loop Economy
Ellen MacArthur, Ken Webster, Ramon Arratia
November 8 – 12, 2010
Transformational Change: Business inspired by nature NEW COURSE
22 – 26 November 2010
Redeeming Darkness NEW COURSE
Tchenka Sunderland, Lindsay Clarke & Chris Salisbury
December 13-16, 2010
Systems Thinking in a Complex World
Hardin Tibbs, Philip Franses, Jean Boulton, Gunter Pauli
January 4 – 21, 2011 (one, two, three-week options)
Transformative Development NEW COURSE
Allan Kaplan, Bunker Roy, Aruna Roy
January 31 – February 18, 2011 (one, two, three-week options)
Purpose and Profit: How holistic thinking can remake business BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND
Chris Nichols, Chris Seeley
Febuary 21 – 25, 2011
Ecopsychology: Exploring the Roots to Change
Mary-Jayne Rust and Dave Key
March 7th – 25th, 2011 (one, two, three-week options)
Renewable Energy Training: Photo-voltaic (PV), Solar Thermal, and Heat Pumps
In partnership with PPL Training
Level 2 Diploma in Horticulture (sustainable horticulture)
In collaboration with Duchy College
From September 2010 part-time
Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Horticulture (sustainable horticulture)
In collaboration with Duchy College
From September 2010 part-time
Land Matters – Documentary Screening | The Barn Cinema, Dartington | 9 September, 5pm
The screening will be followed by a panel discussion relating to themes raised in the film, chaired by Dr. Jon Rae from Schumacher College.
Thursday 9 September, 5pm
Community Conversations with The Dartington Hall Trust | The Mansion House, Totnes | 4 September | For more information and to register for a place, click here.
Bioneers for Europe at Findhorn Revolution from the Heart of Nature | Saturday 30th October, 2010
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