These links were my selection of resources for a session I taught in 2014 about sustainability education. You will find more up to date links in my blog posts since then, and maybe one day I will update this page.
“We’re discovering in nature that simplicity often lies on the other side of complexity.”
My favourite TED talk: Eric Berlow: How Complexity Leads to Simplicity
“Diverse groups of problem solvers – groups with diverse tools – consistently outperformed groups of the best and the brightest.”
Scott Page The Difference: How the Power of Diversity Creates Better Groups, Firms, Schools, and Societies
Tom Peters’ video sums up this message in under 3 minutes:
Strategy: Diversity Wins
“Without developing the inner culture of the human being, we cannot develop a sustainable future.”
Shelley Sacks quoting E F Schumacher. Her talk on emergence is radical, democratic and full of world changing potential.
“When I envision the future, I think of the world I crave for my daughters and sons. It is thinking for the survival of the species – thinking for life.”
Audre Lorde: Man Child: A Black Lesbian Feminist’s response
This is an essay in Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches by Audre Lorde
” My sharecropping grandaddy Jerry would walk through neat rows of crops and tell me, “I’ll tell you a secret little girl. No man can make the sun or the rains come – we can all testify. We can all see that ultimately we all bow down to the forces of nature. Big white boss may think he can outsmart nature but the small farmer know. Earth is our witness.” This relationship to the earth meant that southern black folks… knew firsthand that white supremacy… was not a form of absolute power”
bell hooks Earthbound: On Solid Ground
2020vision is an incredible nature photography project with huge potential as an environmental education resource.
“In the end we will conserve only what we love.
We will love only what we understand.
We will understand only what we are taught.”
Permaculture Principle No.10:
Use and value diversity “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket”
3 principles of sustainability Solar Energy, Nutrient Cycling and Biodiversity
Miller, G.T and Spoolman, S.E. (2013) Environmental Science: 14th Edition. Cengage Learning, Andover.
“The community is the curriculum”
Dave Cormier and #Rhizo14 , an un-course about rhizomatic learning that changed the way I think about education.
Explaining #rhizo14 to Oscar is a great post from Dave about his lack of ‘control’ of the course.