Sustainability: A Super Wicked Problem 001

Sustainability: A Super Wicked Problem 001

Podcast, Environmental Awareness, Community Mission, Personal Wellbeing
Today as educators we are faced with numerous and different challenges in preparing our students for the future. Me personally?  I believe in the capacity, talent, and motivation of both students and their teachers in working together to succeed in preparing for what is next. And I believe having students solve what I call the Sustainability Puzzle is the platform for a positive and more sustainable future. As educators, we can redirect our thinking, energy, and efforts towards student exploration of how to positively shape the future by having them delve into what sustainability looks like in the real world for everyday people. You may already be jumping to conclusions about where I am taking this, and yes vegetable gardens, recycling, compost, and light bulbs are part of the story. The…
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Sustainability: It’s Complicated 002

Sustainability: It’s Complicated 002

Podcast, Environmental Awareness, Community Mission, Personal Wellbeing
It is important we don't pretend solving the Sustainability Puzzle will be easy.  In fact, (as the title suggests) recognising the solution as more than planting a garden or having a recycling bin is important. And so the question stands… where to start? This Super Wicked puzzle can't be solved all at once.  Instead, it must be broken down into small chunks and those smaller issues addressed to create a critical mass of smaller solutions that ultimately lead towards meaningful and enduring change. Basically, looking at the world through sustainable eyes creates a never-ending landscape of small problems to solve.  And therein lies the beauty as educators - we have an infinite amount of smaller problems perfect for getting students involved in meaningful and impactful problem solving. This podcast explores ideas,…
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The Most Sustainable School  003

The Most Sustainable School 003

Podcast, Environmental Awareness, Community Mission, Personal Wellbeing
As we journey to a better understanding of what sustainability means and looks like in the real world, a key step is to be able to clearly define what sustainability even means, and what it looks like in our lives and the lives of our student's.  Giving student's the opportunity to explore sustainability on a personal, community, and environmental level, encourages them to grow their toolbox of strategies, which then increases the likelihood of us solving such a complex puzzle. It is important schools' and curriculum allows teachers and students opportunities to navigate all the various parts of the Sustainability Puzzle.  There are already schools and teachers out in the world who are taking fantastic action, challenging assumptions, pushing boundaries, and taking this sustainability story to the next level.  I…
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The Sustainable Squiggle 004

The Sustainable Squiggle 004

Podcast, Environmental Awareness, Community Mission, Personal Wellbeing
What is the Sustainable Squiggle? The Sustainable Squiggle is a way to capture and describe the twists, turns, roadblocks, attempts, failures, speed bumps, and myriad of associated emotions inevitable when travelling the path of implementing a new sustainable initiative.  I believe that it is important for everyone, particularly students, to know about and be prepared for the squiggle.  The erratic path that is the squiggle hides enormous and rich learning opportunities. To 'find' these learning opportunities our students benefit from being front-loaded with a description of the squiggle.  This provides them a toolbox as full as possible to solve their chosen tame problem. A student who can articulate and describe what they are encountering is well on their way to knowing when and how to pivot towards a new direction or push…
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Sustainability Events- Good or Bad? 005

Sustainability Events- Good or Bad? 005

Podcast, Environmental Awareness
On the surface it can seem that any and all actions geared towards improving sustainability are good right… Well no actually. For example, one-off sustainability events can send the wrong message about sustainability. An hour or a day once a year is not enough. Yes, they provide that warm sense of short-term accomplishment for people or perhaps allow organizations to tick that box for the year, or even create a nice marketable photo opportunity. Yet one-off events are counterproductive in the sense that the message they inadvertently send to our students (and the general population is that to be ‘sustainable’ you just need to participate in an event once a year. That is it… one event… once a year… done. And that seems to me to be the complete opposite…
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The Language of Sustainability 006

The Language of Sustainability 006

Podcast, Environmental Awareness
How you ever found yourself saying the word 'Sustainability' and feeling deep down inside that there is lots of confusion or uncertainty about what the word truly means in your day to day life? Or feeling guilty at times because you are trying to live more sustainably, but can’t get past the feeling of being a sustainability fraud? Speaking for myself, I often struggle with not being 100% sustainable and in fact often not knowing what is the best action to promote sustainability. When I am speaking to students or other staff I often feel myself lacking the confidence I desire and I feel my voice waver. This still happens even after over 10 years of teaching sustainability concepts to students and other teachers. Granted I have been known to…
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