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LEARNING COMMUNITIES: Webs of Life, Literacy & Learning. Ron Faris Oct. 4, 2007 Truro http://members.shaw.ca/rfaris. THIS WE KNOW, ALL THINGS ARE CONNECTED LIKE
Webs of Life, Literacy & Learning
Oct. 4, 2007 Truro
THE BLOOD WHICH UNITES ONE FAMILY .WHATEVER BEFALLS THE EARTH,BEFALLS THE SONS AND DAUGHTERSOF THE EARTH.MAN DID NOT WEAVE THE WEB OF LIFE;HE IS MERELY A STRAND IN IT.WHATEVER HE DOES TO THE WEB, HE DOES TO HIMSELF.Ted Perry, inspired by Chief Seattle
Source: OECD, 2001
Neighbourhoods, villages, towns, cities or regions that explicitly use lifelong learning as an organizing principle and social/cultural goal in order to promote collaboration of their civic, economic, public, voluntary and education sectors to enhance social, economic and environmental conditions on a sustainable, inclusive basis
“communities of place”
community econ development
expanded IT use
at-risk youth initiatives
increased community capacity
Municipal - Band
Shire - Prov-Fed
Private - Social
Libraries - Museums
Social - Health Agencies
Assessment & Benchmarking
Civic, Economic, Public (e.g. libraries, health & social services), Education, & Voluntary/Community
Ethnic & Aboriginal
Media, Public forums, Website/Listservs & E-portfolios
A one percent rise in adult literacy scores is associated with an eventual 2.5 percent relative rise in labour productivity and a 1.5 percent rise
in GDP per head (C$18 billion)
Three times greater effect than investment in physical capital
“…more important to economic growth than producing highly skilled graduates”
C. D. HOWE INSTITUTE (2005) Coulombe & Tremblay
Canadian Association for Adult Education
Statement of Purposes, 1946
Private & Social Enterprise
Social Service Agencies
“Building learning organizations is not an individual task. It demands a shift that goes all the way to the core of our culture. We have drifted into a culture that fragments our thoughts, that detaches the world from the self and the self from the community.
We are so focused on our security that we don’t see the price we pay:living in bureaucratic organizations where the wonder and joy of learning have no place. Thus, we are losing the spaces to dance with the ever-changing patterns of life. We need to invent a new learning model for business, education, health care, government and the family.This invention will come from the patient, concerted efforts of communities of people invoking aspiration and wonder. As these communities manage to produce fundamental changes, we will regain our memory – the memory of the community nature of the self and the poetic nature of language and the world – the memory of the whole.”
- Morisette, R., & Zhang, X., 2006, “Revisiting wealth inequality”, PERSPECTIVES (Dec. 2006), Statistics Canada, Ottawa.
- Myers, K., & Lebroucker, P., 2006, Too Many Left Behind: Canada’s Adult Education and Training System, Research Report W/34 Work Network, CPRN, Ottawa.
- Duke,C. et al, 2006, Making knowledge work: Sustaining learning communities and regions, NIACE, Leicester.
- Mowbray, M., 2005, “Community, the State and social capital impact assessment”, Rebalancing the social and economic: Learning, partnership and place, NIACE, Leicester. Pp. 47-61.
- OECD, 2001, The Wellbeing of Nations: the Role of Human and Social Capital, Centre for Educational Research and Innovation, Paris.
- Brooks, J. & Hwong, T., 2006, The Social Benefits and Economic Costs of Taxation: A Comparison of High- and Low- Tax Countries, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, Ottawa.
- Rubenson, K., 2006, “The Nordic Model of Lifelong Learning”, Compare: A journal of comparative education, Vol. 36, Issue 3 (Sept. 2006), pp. 327-341.
- Veeman, A. N., 2004, Adult Learning in Canada and Sweden: A Comparative Study of Four Sites, unpublished doctoral dissertation, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon.