Presenting exemplar learning for sustainability resources?

Posted on July 25, 2007


Almost universally, people agree with the concept of integrating education for sustainability but then ask how they go about it? and, do we have any examples?

The seventh item on the CfS Agenda is:

7. Identify and promote exemplar resources and teaching strategies, initially identifying sustainability related areas missing from current curriculum. This includes the pre-existing knowledge of sustainable practices and aspirations for iwi Mäori locally and nationally.

At the moment we may have examples, but they are carefully hidden in individual teaching notes.

We’re working up a structure to hold these exemplar resources as we find/develop them (more on this search next week). So we’re looking for ways of presenting exemplar resources.

Here’s a nice find:

The Creative Communities book from Sustainable
Everyday is a very nice document. It has a common structure of headings for each case study: solution; context; current situation and so on. It also takes a wider view of sustainability solutions than usual: solutions are described in terms of their community rather than just seen as technological based solutions:

The book is about social innovation as a driver for sustainable technological and production innovation. Adopting a design perspective, it presents several case studies and their providers, the creative communities, where individuals and communities use existing resources in a creative, original way to bring about system innovation.
This book does not set out to give yet another theoretical definition of creativity. Instead it seeks to define creativity through a series of innovative responses to the various problems that crop up in everyday life. So it talks about on-the-field creativity (and therefore innovation) triggered by the real context of needs, resources, principles and capabilities.

We’re using this structure, edited a bit for learning resources, and in a wiki structure. Watch this space.

PS I like the graphical approach in Live Earth’s book too (reviewed on poptech).

I think that perhaps the most important thing we can do, and I think that this is urgent, is to collate examples of what we do.