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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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Goal of the Month | August 2020: Responsible Consumption and Production

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Did you know that every year about one third of all food produced – equivalent to 1.3 billion tonnes – is wasted, yet food security continues to be a growing global concern, affecting millions of people. Or that the world’s freshwater supply such as rivers and lakes are polluted at a much faster rate than nature can recycle and purify?

COVID-19 lockdowns may have led to a dramatic 5 per cent drop in greenhouse gas emissions but not all measures to contain the pandemic have had a positive im…

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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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Humanity Rising Summit launches an international coalition on action for a sustainable post-pandemic world

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An international coalition of over 200 leaders from diverse backgrounds and 100 partner organizations representing over 10 million individuals from around the world will launch the Humanity Rising Global Solutions Summit on May 22, 2020. The Summit is an initiative of Ubiquity University.

The Summit will continue over time starting May 22 so that it can be involved and contributive as world events unfold. It is clear that this virus is not going to suddenly go away. The world has been stopp…

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Gaia Education and Plattform Footprint work on SDGs and Ecological Footprint with Austrian Youth supported by Sinnbildungsstiftung

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To support Austrian students to become ‘Glocalisers’, Gaia Education, in collaboration with our local partner organisation in Austria, Plattform Footprint, has developed a youth-focused training package, which blends Plattform Footprint’s work on Ecological Footprint in schools with Gaia Education’s cutting edge curricula and participatory methodology for sustainable development.

The project includes the adaptation of the SDG Training for Multipliers for youn…

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10 Highlights of the past 50 years

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50 years ago Earth Day was founded by US Senator Gaylord Nelson who not only created this special day but likely made the first step of creating a whole new movement to help save the Earth. Today, the world celebrates its 50th anniversary around the theme of “climate action” in honour of worldwide efforts to halt global warming.

One might say that many organisations, companies and movements grew out of this special day, which was created by Nelson after a major oil spill in 1969 which conta…

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ECOLISE General Assembly | 3 and 4 April 2020

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“Perhaps we cannot raise the winds. But each of us can put up the sail, so that when the wind comes we can catch it.”

E.F. Schumacher, re-quoted by Daniel Wahl, Keynote speaker

I was one of 63 participants of the biggest and longest ZOOM call I have ever experienced – two days ! As I logged on to my laptop on the morning of Friday 3 April, I wondered how this piece of technological creativity would work. Could our amazing hosts in Sweden who, up to a few weeks beforehand had been…

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