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Christine Geith, Ph.D. - This course in P2PU brings together my commitments to art, sustainability and open knowledge. Michael Polan's Omnivore's Dilemma got me buying local organic food, but my passion for the environment got started back in middle school when I received an air pollution testing kit.
The co-facilitators for this course are:
Sustainability Studio is a project-based course where you'll make a difference locally with a small group that focuses on one of the core environmental, social or economic aspects of sustainability. Along the way, you'll build your knowledge and skills, have support from peers in Sustainability Studio, hear from guest speakers and share the story of what you're doing.
We're using a core competency framework developed at Michigan State University to structure our projects and evaluate what we've learned. This is not an MSU course, we're just using the framework to organize our work. The competencies were developed around eight areas that most believe demonstrate knowledge and skill in sustainability: personal development, critical thinking, systems thinking, social justice, civic engagement, economic vitality, ecological integrity and aesthetics.
This is a Citizen Circles/P2PU School of Social Innovation course, and has a couple of unique features. First, this course is centered around small offline groups. If you want to participate in the course, it is your responsibility to find two other people from your community to participate in the course with you. Second, in addition to joining the online meetings, your small group is expected to meet face-to-face throughout the course to engage offline activities as outlined in the syllabus.
The Citizen Circle process for Sustainability Studio is as follows:
."Never doubt that a small group of individuals can change the world, indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." ~Margaret Mead
|#1||Jan 26- Feb 1||Studio Opening: Introductions, inspiration, discussion of proposed projects|
|#2||Feb 2 - 8||Group project plans approved and work begins|
|#3||Feb 9 - 15||Work on projects|
|#4||Feb 16 - 22||Studio Guests: sharing by guest speakers|
|#5||Feb 23 - Mar 1||Work on projects|
|#6||Mar 2 - 9||Finalize projects|
|#7||Mar 10 - 16||Studio Show: Telling our stories, measuring our impact, celebrating success|