Spring 2018: Short Workshop on Regenerative Design for Schools

Seeds and Soil:  Regenerative Design for Schools

Seeds and soil are metaphors for potential and place-based growth in this one hour interactive presentation on regenerative design principles in education.  A leap beyond sustainability, regenerative design is a developing practice for the design of social systems and organizations using ecological models.

Regenerative design refers to facilitating the interaction of elements in our environment using nature based practices that contribute to cooperation and promote the life, growth and full potential of an entire ecosystem.

In the face of what will more and more certainly be severe challenges to our ecosystems, our societies and the lives of millions on our planet, what should be our response as schools?  How do we maintain hope and action, while retooling our schools to meet these challenges?

The answer is to learn to think and act in concert with, the very ecosystems we intend to preserve.  Handling seeds and soil, attendees will participate in ideation techniques and in interactive sharing to explore the role of seeds and soil on the planet and to apply this as a design strategy for schools.

The presentation will introduce participants to the emergent principle in nature and its application to social interaction and growth. In addition, participants will learn practical principles of regenerative system design and apply these to situations in schools or other social structures.  In the final section of the presentation, participants apply the new schema to a situation of their own in their own schools.

In this way participants will leave the presentation with new way of thinking about ecological design and growth, a model for regenerative design in practice, and concrete place based solutions to apply in their own school.

This short workshop is free to schools- please contact Katharine Burke, email dennelillejord@gmail.com for more information.

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