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Podcast about 2022 and preview of 2023 from the perspective of our shared responsibilities for our essential values for sustainable human evolution.
With gratitude to Rara Radio in Eindhoven and all our partners in the diversity of clusters of attention within Sustainocracy we could make this podcast about our progress in 2022 and initiatives for 2023.
STIR has done a relatively modest donation to these two small cries for help. Maybe you like to support too? Just read their stories.
STIR prefers to develop local communities around developing Sustainocratic values. We tend to help with shared knowledge, inspiration, methodology, etc. Sometime we define projects together and try to attract international funding for it, either through donation to our own STIR fund, or through support channels. But sometimes we help out also directly, like in these cases….
Irrigation system for food for the poor in Uganda
There are increasingly good initiatives in Africa that engage people in their own self support. A young man in Uganda, named Nashif Achmed, is developing an area of ground in Uganda to develop food for the local orphans. Due to the onholding drought he has difficulties in sourcing enough water for his crops. He therefore wants to install an irrigation pump. This costs about 3500€ which they are trying to collect through crowdfunding. The project also engages young locals into learning dynamics. His work is important to avoid migration and to help locals sustain themselves. It is in the benefit of everyone that we support such great initiatives.
Education for orphans in Indonesia in covid time
Covid regulations have had a huge impact on everyone in the world, especially young people. Tourism has collapsed and taken away the income of many parents. This endangers the education for many young children, especially those who are already in a difficult situation, such as orphans. These people rely on the support and helping hand of other. A Dutch friend is helping this community in Indonesia and they made a little film…below the film you find the QR code for a possible small contribution.
The evolution of learning
Niels van Maaren is lecturer and researcher at Fontys University of Applied Sciences in Eindhoven. He tells us about his integration of the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations) in his lecturing. “Big deal”, you may say but it is a highly significant move. In our own School of Talents & Wellness we started to work together with the scholing system already 10 years ago by adding the sustainocratic topics of core natural human values and shared responsibility. This is so significant because it gives the students an extra dimension of shared responsibility, awareness and creativity. Their study is placed in context of the huge challenges that we face as humankind. The young people are challenged to use this new contextual framing to come up with new ideas by themselves. It does not matter what they choose to study, everything can be placed into the servant context for humankind, society and our planet. They don’t come to school anymore with the expectations of a job in the future, learning theories from a book. They now come to school to think of meanful 4 x WIN contributions to the world and themselves.
This also transforms the job of the educators. In the past they would be classroom professors working their way through the pages of a book. They would expect the students to memorize the theory for their exams. The cognitive senses of the students would be stimulated, not the need for processing into genuin understanding. With the addition of the SDGs (or in our case the core natural human values) the students to need to process their knowledge or lack thereof. Many start with the understanding of the challenge and then start looking at the available resources to do something in a creative way. They start looking at information in an applied way. Information becomes alive in the context that can be personalized to the personal environment of the student him or herself. Next to the cognitive interpretation an emotional sense of meaning is added, generating an impuls of self reflection and self study.
The lecturers transform into expert coaches, sources of information, valuable support and mentorship. Students become more demanding, communicative, voicing their desires, their needs, their insecurities and doubts. They become magicians that surprise the world through creativity and new insights, even their mentors. And that is what it is all about. To hold space for unprecedented innovation without prejudism, just open stimulus. It says “Fontys for Society” and Niels shows how this is done.