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Video pitches about sustainable human progress: learning

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.

One minute video inspirations on sustainable human progress: food

Foodforest

Meet Maartje Kreike. She is pioneering with the foodforest in Eindhoven. On a large surface nature and human beings have been working together since 2009 from a food and remedial perspective, learning about the advantages of nature in a broad context. The objective is to integrate nature more and more into the neighborhoods for both awareness and local self sufficiency in our basic needs. Maartje tries to explain the nutricious and medical values of a certain herb to worldwide documentary maker, Joerg Altekruse. Maartje organizes workshops, does presentations, invites school children, works together with locals and caterers, etc.

A food forest provides abundance of nutrition for a population without the need to destroy the plants, the soil or the eco-system. On as many as 7 levels food can be obtained. In addition other life forms can collaborate to provide even additional sources, such as chickens, eggs, insects, honey, etc. The food forest is partner in the sustainocratic City of Tomorrow and FRE2SH network of transformative, resilient food initiatives in and around town.

Two days of filming green innovations in Eindhoven

Our AiREAS participation in the Earthbeat project started already a year ago. During our weekly zoom sessions we got acquainted with filmmaker Joerg Altekruse from Germany. His Youth4Plant approach and filming green innovations towards the climate conference in Glasgow (COP26) was very much in line with our own network activities. We were not that much interested in influencing the political U.N. drama. We were much more interested in visualizing all the citizen’s initiatives, creativity and the cooperative work done with their local governments. In our engagement we shared the view that there is big gap between the political financial, destructive world hierarchies and the powerful strength of growing citizen’s movements with shared responsibilities at grassroot level.

We were not going to COP26, we were creating our own.

Our vehicle is the CreatiVelo, an electric bike with modifications to carry the cameras and materials. The crew follows with private cars, a van and often with cyclists joining the voyage. Between Luxemburg and Glasgow, during the month of October, video messages, statements, positive examples and personal stories are collected along the way. These two days we were receiving the caravan in Eindhoven. It became a heart warming experience. Here some photo’s. In the next blog we will share some video impressions….