Keynote: Adopting Systems Thinking as a Standard Organizational Approach The numerous and diverse challenges facing society today have become more complex as people--and our institutions--become increasingly interconnected. Opportunities are plentiful, but only for those who can navigate the complexity, understand the ecosystems, and effect change across the entire system. This discussion will explore how to frame and approach challenges from a systems perspective; offer ideas on how to transform organizations and make systems thinking the norm; and provide examples of useful practices that demonstrate the value of this approach. Adopting systems thinking as an organizational approach requires breaking down internal and external stovepipes and working across organizations and sectors. In this presentation, James Cook will discuss how to foster enterprisewide, horizontal alignment to begin to move the leaders of any organization to a broader, system-oriented perspective on the challenges they face. credit
Inquiry Based Learning What is inquiry-based learning? An old adage states: "Tell me and I forget, show me and I remember, involve me and I understand." The last part of this statement is the essence of inquiry-based learning, says our workshop author Joe Exline 1. Inquiry implies involvement that leads to understanding. Education for Environment and Sustainability The program is to support academic success and life-long learning, and to develop a responsible citizenry capable of applying knowledge of ecological, economic, and socio-cultural systems to meet current and future needs. Environmental education is a mandatory area of study in Washington, required by 392-410-115: Instruction about conservation, natural resources, and the environment shall be provided at all grade levels in an interdisciplinary manner through science, the social studies, the humanities, and other appropriate areas... The state's K-12 Integrated Environmental and Sustainability Learning Standards describe what students should know and be able to do at each grade level. OSPI and E3 Washington led the development of the Washington State Environmental and Sustainability Literacy Plan.
Living Systems The Work That Reconnects, including its "spiral" pattern, is presented here in systems theoretical terms for a business readership. Teaching Sustainability: Whole Systems Learning Chapter by Molly Brown, M.A. and Joanna Macy, Ph.D. in Teaching Business Sustainability, Greenleaf (2004) An Introduction to System Mapping Much has been written recently about the importance of using a system lens, or focusing on system change, to make real progress against some of society’s toughest challenges. But what does that really mean? The following definition of system change resonated with us, from NPC’s 2015 guide: Stormwater Curriculum Units - Sustainability Ambassadors Tahoma School District - Sustainability Education Curriculum Units The Tahoma School District has developed stormwater related curriculum units at multiple grade levels. These units are available for free digital download on the Tahoma School District website. Puget Sound Communities – Grade 3 INQUIRY: How can we contribute to preserving and protecting our local ecology while practicing the skills of community contributors? CONCEPTS: Salmon Cycle, Dangers to Salmon, Personal Water Consumption, Creating Water Quality and Quality Rules, Problem Solving, Landsburg Diversion Dam Field Experience
Webinar Series Featuring David Gershon... Registration Invalid quantity. Please enter a quantity of 1 or more. The quantity you chose exceeds the quantity available. Please enter your name. Please enter an email address. Please enter a valid email address. Clouds In Each Paper, by Thich Nhat Hanh --by Thich Nhat Hanh (Mar 25, 2002) If you are a poet, you will see clearly that there is a cloud floating in this sheet of paper. Without a cloud, there will be no rain; without rain, the trees cannot grow: and without trees, we cannot make paper. The cloud is essential for the paper to exist. Leading Edge Cognitive Capacities It is the capacity to see and know unhindered by ego, or self-identity, and to do so intentionally that is TransEgoic Cognition. We can think other than thru our construct of self. To think at a junior level, constrained by the consistencies demanded of identity, limits to a lethal degree what
LID Manual for Schools - Sustainability Ambassadors LID Technical Assistance for Student Engineers Sustainability Ambassadors created the Stormwater Master Campus Planning Manual for schools as a curriculum-based engineering, science and policy guide for how to construct and maintain green infrastructure and other Low Impact Develop techniques on school property. It was developed in collaboration with Cascade Design Collaborative with Funding support from the Tahoma School District and the State Farm Youth Advisory Board. Joining Forces: Collaboration and Leadership for Sustainability The Strategic Relevance of Sustainability Collaborations In the late 1990s, many companies embarked on their first sustainability forays. Often internal, these efforts addressed low-hanging fruit such as energy efficiency or minimizing waste — essentially, cost-cutting under a different name.
'Categorising visitors'? Blog home By: Dr Lynda Kelly, Category: Museullaneous, Date: 31 Aug 2009 I have been asked how (and why) researchers categorise visitors.