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Interdisciplinarity and transboundary thinking as a pre-requisite for learning our way out of unsustainability. Arjen E.J. Wals. Today. Unsustainability & urgency Learning our way out? Redesigning education, learning & research. 60.000/5sec. 2.000.000/5min. www.chrisjordan.com.

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Interdisciplinarity and transboundary thinking as a pre-requisite for learning our way out of unsustainability

Arjen E.J. Wals


Today
Today pre-requisite for learning our way out of unsustainability

  • Unsustainability & urgency

  • Learning our way out?

  • Redesigning education, learning & research


60.000/5sec pre-requisite for learning our way out of unsustainability

2.000.000/5min

www.chrisjordan.com


www.chrisjordan.com pre-requisite for learning our way out of unsustainability


“The conventional wisdom holds that all education is good, and the more of it one has, the better.… The truth is that without significant precautions, [it] can equip people merely to be more effective vandals of the Earth” (D. Orr).


Who knows who cares
Who knows? Who cares? and the more of it one has, the better.… The truth is that without significant precautions, [it] can equip people merely to be more effective vandals of the Earth

  • Deepwater horizon

  • Nuclear radiation in Japan

  • Increased infertility in men

  • Calcium supplements for women

  • Runaway (?) climate change

  • Organic – sustainable – for all?

  • Paper or plastic?

  • ….

‘ We are drowning in information while starving for wisdom’E.O. Wilson, 1998, p. 300)


Post normalism
Post-normalism and the more of it one has, the better.… The truth is that without significant precautions, [it] can equip people merely to be more effective vandals of the Earth

  • Complexity

  • Uncertainty and indeterminacy

  • Contestation and controversy – extinction of ‘truth’

  • Shallowness and hyper-connectivity – erosion of meaning

  • Emergence - reflexivity


426.000/day and the more of it one has, the better.… The truth is that without significant precautions, [it] can equip people merely to be more effective vandals of the Earth

www.chrisjordan.com


What’s it made of? and the more of it one has, the better.… The truth is that without significant precautions, [it] can equip people merely to be more effective vandals of the Earth

Where does each component come from?

How does it affect our lifes?

How does it affect the lifes of others?

Is there a future for cell phones?


Mireille Faist Emmenegger, et al, “Life Cycle Assessment of the Mobile Communication System UMTS: Towards Eco-Efficient Systems,” International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment 11, 4, (2006): 265 – 276.


Chromium: Production and Consumption emissions in Sweden of the Mobile Communication System UMTS: Towards Eco-Efficient Systems,” International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment 11, 4, (2006): 265 – 276.


Lessons learned competencies developed
Lessons learned & competencies developed of the Mobile Communication System UMTS: Towards Eco-Efficient Systems,” International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment 11, 4, (2006): 265 – 276.

  • Local and global issues are connected

  • Information is everywhere, how to choose?

  • Sustainability is multi-dimensional: ecological, economic, ethics, environment, etc.

  • Becoming critical of consumption & consumerism

  • Alternatives are possible!

  • Interviewing, presenting, reporting, listening, googeling, critiquing…


An education for sustainable development lens
An Education for Sustainable Development Lens of the Mobile Communication System UMTS: Towards Eco-Efficient Systems,” International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment 11, 4, (2006): 265 – 276.

  • Integrative – not only the ecological and the environmental, not only the present, not only the local, not only the human world

  • Critical - questioning continuous economic growth and consumerism and associated lifestyles

  • Transformative – exploration of alternative lifestyles (e.g. ‘voluntary simplicity’), values and systems that break from existing ones that are inherently unsustainable


Blinding insight - of the Mobile Communication System UMTS: Towards Eco-Efficient Systems,” International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment 11, 4, (2006): 265 – 276.intermezzo

  • If you have done it before – don’t say a thing!

  • In the short movie you will see a small group of boys and girls wearing black or white shirts that are playing with two balls.

  • Your goal is to count how many times the ball is passed by those wearing white shirts. It’s that simple.

  • Remember, count just the passes of the ball by those wearing white shirts!

  • Write down the number of passes.


Trans-cultural of the Mobile Communication System UMTS: Towards Eco-Efficient Systems,” International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment 11, 4, (2006): 265 – 276.

Gestalt

Trans-spatial

Gestalt

Transformative learning

Trans-temporal

Gestalt

Trans-disciplinary

Gestalt

Sustainability Competence (1)


Sustainability competence (2) of the Mobile Communication System UMTS: Towards Eco-Efficient Systems,” International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment 11, 4, (2006): 265 – 276.

  • Competence to think in a forward-looking manner & to deal with uncertainty

  • Competence to work in an interdisciplinary manner

  • Competence to achieve open-minded perception, transcultural understanding and cooperation

  • Participatory competence

  • Ability to feel empathy, sympathy and solidarity

  • Competence to motivate oneself and others

  • Competence to reflect in a distanced manner on individual and cultural concepts

  • Sources: de Haan (2006); Michelsen and Adomssent (2007)


3rd generation university
3rd generation university of the Mobile Communication System UMTS: Towards Eco-Efficient Systems,” International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment 11, 4, (2006): 265 – 276.


Thank you! of the Mobile Communication System UMTS: Towards Eco-Efficient Systems,” International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment 11, 4, (2006): 265 – 276.


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