Friday, May 6, 2011

The Four Keys - Gaia Education

  • The Ecovillage Design Curriculum has a wide range of practical application and is full of innovative materials, ideas and tools that have been developed and tested in ecovillage communities worldwide. The EDE Curriculum is available for free, for personal use only, i.e. not for resale at a profit. (Copyright © Gaia Education)
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    Ecovillage Design Education is:
    • An education where a thorough and objective assessment of the state of the planet is followed by regional, community, and place-based solutions.
    • An education that empowers individuals and communities with the knowledge for shaping their worlds and becoming more self-reliant while engaging in bioregional as well as international cooperation.
    • An education that is universal in scope but local in application, directed toward preserving precious cultural diversity.
    • An education where investigating theory is followed by practical application.
    • An education that imparts useful and instrumental life-skills as part of the curriculum.
    • An education relevant to people in rural and urban regions.
    • An education promoting and facilitating healthful planetary evolution, as well as the well-being and quality of life of individuals and their communities everywhere.
    • An education exploring and expanding the perceived limits of human potential.
    • An education that informs, enables and inspires community-based visions of a sustainable human civilization as well as the means to turn such visions into reality during the course of the 21st century.

    Ecovillage Design Education is of relevance to 
    • community leaders in ecovillages as well as rural and urban communities everywhere
    • students with an interest in sustainable design, 
    • educators wishing to develop new skills and perspectives, 
    • community redevelopers & builders, 
    • members of non-governmental organizations, 
    • urban, rural and regional planning professionals, 
    • professionals in architectural, engineering and building careers, 
    • permaculture and horticultural researchers and designers, 
    • renewable technologists, 
    • business leaders interested in social and environmental responsibility and ethical development. 

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    The EDE curriculum has been applied in a variety of different programmes, with formats ranging from week-long intensives, to four blocks of one week, weekend intensives followed by evening classes, to a longer series of weekend courses and the 8 months on-line GEDS. See which accredited programmes we are running in your region here

The 4 keysThe Keys are four comprehensive books compiled by Gaia Education associates, offering an overview of cutting-edge thinking on design for sustainability at local, regional and global scales. Drawing from the experience emerging from the best research and development centers for carbon-constrained lifestyles, they are reference books for anyone seeking to develop a high quality low-impact life-style.

Each key covers one of the dimensions of the core Gaia Education curriculum: Economic, Worldview, Ecological and Social, making ideal companions on the journey of our face-to-face or virtual programmes.

Under UNESCO Patronage and as an official contribution to the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development the books offer widely applicable solutions to the complex problems of climate change, resources scarcity, carbon reduction and community resilience.

Download them for free or buy a hard-copy here

The four titles are as follows:Social Key - Beyond You and Me
Inspiration and Wisdom for Building Community
Editors: Anja Kosha Joubert and Robin Alfred
Download the Social Key - Beyond you and Me

Economic Key - Gaian Economics - Living well within planetary limits
Editors: Jonathan Dawson, Helena Norberg-Hodge and Ross Jackson

Download the Economic  Key - Gaian Economics

Ecological Key - Designing Ecological Habitats - Creating a Sense of Place
Editors: Chris Mare and Max Lindegger
to be published Spring 2011

Worldview Key - The Song of the Earth - The Emerging Synthesis of the Scientific and Spiritual Worldviews
Editors: Will Keepin and Maddy Harland
to be published Fall 2010