Creating a Regenerative Civilisation is Within Our Reach

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In a recent article, I read in Yes! Magazine the author describes 6 rules for humans to rejoin the natural world, and as I read them it brought back memories of some of the principles present during the birth and development of Gaia Education.

The author, Jeremy Lent, points out that in nature:

  • “A system’s health depends on differentiation and integration,” manifesting diversity.
  • “Every part of a system is in a harmonious relationship with the entire system” thus creating bala…

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The Impact of Stories in Understanding the World Around Us

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Mother Jungle is an organisation founded by Sanne von Oort, a graduate of Gaia Education’s Design for Sustainability programme. The ethos of the organisation lies in the importance of indigenous storytelling in biocultural conservation efforts and supporting intergenerational communication.



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Shifting Direction

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Today, every economy in the world is being induced to enlist in a single, highly-centralised economy, one which depends on vast homogenised markets and ever-increasing trade. Although the globalisation of this economic model is exacerbating a wide range of social, economic, and environmental problems, governments continue to subsidise the global economy’s physical infrastructure, and to rewrite trade treaties, laws and regulations to facilitate its spread.

A number of concrete ste…

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Becoming Regenerative Designers

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We enter this new season and look back at 2020, remembering that millions of people in every region of the world have been personally affected by economic loss, health challenges or the loss of loved ones due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our hearts and prayers go out to all of you in these difficult times. Stay strong, we will get through this together.

As we adapt to a new reality, we see before our very eyes what it means to live in a time of transformation and the urgent need for regeneration. …

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What is Integrative Whole Systems Design and how do we achieve it?

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There are many different definitions for the word design and many different types of professionals that call themselves ‘designers’. The attitude taken by Gaia Education is that we are all designers! We all co-create the world we live in, and are all responsible for the future of our communities, the well being of generations yet unborn, and all life on the planet. Design is much more than simply the beautification of material objects or some nature-detached aesthetic tool to express human indiv…

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What is required for me to get a course certificate of the Social dimension?

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To earn a certificate of accomplishment at the end of the Social dimension, you will need to:
 
• Read the material in the ebooks or PDFs (optionally doing the “Bring it to life” activities)
• Make a forum post in each module and tell the facilitator through “self-reporting”
• Supply a new resource in each module and tell the facilitator through “self-reporting”
• Attend at least two live sessions, or watch recordings (optional but encouraged)
• Give a peer fe…

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Creating Community

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Building community is the process by which a group becomes aware of its own existence as a living collective unity – and of the life force that sustains it. To build community is to nurture the group spirit and its social cohesion through a shared and clear vision. It’s to take care of the group through compassionate communication, empathy and assertiveness, generating trust and a pleasant work atmosphere. It’s to sustain the group through appropriate liberating structures, such as good deci…

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A Regenerative Education for our times

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The current education paradigm holds the idea that the sole purpose of education is to educate individuals within their particular society, to prepare and train them for work in an economy that integrates people into the national cultural reality and passes on to them the values and morals of that society. In Carol Sanford’s critical analysis: “The Role of education is the means of socializing individuals and to keep society running smoothly and remain stable.” In other words, to form people who…

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Local, Bioregional and Global Outreach

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INTRODUCTION

“A growing number of people are recognizing that in order to secure the clean air, water and food that we need to healthfully survive, we have to become guardians of the places where we live. People sense the loss in not knowing their neighbours and natural surroundings, and are discovering that the best way to take care of themselves and to get to know neighbours, is to protect and restore their region.” First Continental Bioregional Congress

Building community is one of the …

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Giovanni Ciarlo stepping into the Role of Leadership at Gaia Education

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Dear Gaia Education family,

Recent events in North America and globally have deeply affected us and reminded us that there is a critical need for all of us to confront racism and inequality in our societies while also restoring our natural environment. We will not remain silent amid acts of racism, injustice, brutality, and violence.

At Gaia Education, we believe that learning is a force for human transformation and progress towards achieving resilience and change. We are committed to providin…

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