Deciding what the future will look like…
Wednesday morning was taken up with further ‚Scenario 2052‘ work. The four groups moved onto Task 3 & 4, namely finalising the drivers of their story, the pressures associated with these, and the impacts.
The details of the story were clarified further, discussing the Actions to be carried out by the main actor, the competences needed for the actions and the relevance of these actions to the particular political, social, environmental & economic environment.
The group also benefited from a feed back session on the Scenarios, uncovering flaws or unclear issues as they were highlighted by the rest of the participants.
After lunch, Anna gave a review of the week just past, and discussed next week’s topics, as Thursday & Friday will be taken up with Leadership Training.
Hans Siege then gave the group a ‚virtual‘ presentation on changing educational landscapes, recorded some weeks ago during his last visit as he was unable to be here with us this week. During this time, the participants were encouraged to note down their current definition of ESD, after nearly 5 weeks of working in detail in this field. This differed from previous considerations, which had been done in mixed-nationality groups and from each countries perspective.
To close the day Marilyn Mehlmann came to talk to us, a long standing advocate of sustainable action amongst individuals, companies & NGOs, and the General Secretary of GAP– Global Action Plan. She spoke of her experience with didactics, involving the participants in conversation rather than conducting a straight presentation. Marilyn broken down the process of education, of how while passing on knowledge one can also pass on the motivation to act. She stressed the importance of caring, as to teach or learn about a subject without caring about it is ultimately futile, and answered questions from the participants about the softer applications of ESD in their home countries.