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ReDesigning the Future

Part 2 of the ReImagining Education for a Climate-Altered World Series

October 16, 2021 @ 10:00 am 11:30 am CDT

Guiding Question: How will we design the future?

Sub-guiding question: How do we decarbonize our How can systems thinking impact design and engineering to mitigate climate change?

To decarbonize by 2050, there are five “Grand Challenges” that need to be tackled: electricity, manufacturing, transportation, buildings, and agriculture. There is no clear roadmap to transform any of these sectors, but action must be innovative and immediate. In this session, you will use systems and design thinking to explore integrated approaches to problem-solving. The mapping you conduct can be used to carry out personal action, drive curriculum design, or translate to a community project on how to design the future.

Global Conversation Overview

It is becoming increasingly clear that technological fixes and short-term policies are insufficient to redirect humanity’s unsustainable trajectory. Education has been identified as a key enabler in achieving the United Nations Global Goals and averting the worst effects of climate change. According to UNESCO (2018), Education focused on Sustainable Development (ESD) “encourages changes in knowledge, skills, values and attitudes to enable a more sustainable and just society for all” by empowering and equipping “current and future generations to meet their needs using a balanced and integrated approach to the economic, social and environmental dimensions.” ESD is about more than revising school curriculum—it’s about rethinking how we learn, where we learn, and who we consider to be “students” and “teachers”.

We all have something to learn, and we all have something to teach. To get out of our current predicament, it’s going to take all of us working together, across traditional borders of subjects, sectors, and nations. Tackling the complex problems we face will require interdisciplinary solutions, yet many of our schools are not set up for cross-curricular thinking and collaboration. This workshop series is designed to address this gap.

Global Citizenship Experience (GCE) Lab School and Greenbacker Capital are inviting educators, high school and higher ed students, engaged citizens, civic leaders and industry participants from around the world to participate in a series of three global conversations around climate activism. Break-out rooms will allow for intimate collaboration and will be group-directed by a series of guiding questions.

The goal of each workshop will be to create customized action plans at an individual, classroom, local community, or global level. Participants are invited to submit their action plans and GCE Lab School and Greenbacker Capital will then assemble the plans into a collective which can be publicly accessed and used as inspiration for future conversations and action projects. Everyone will also have free access to GCE Lab School’s series of project-based learning modules which are core to the series topics and designed for high school and higher-ed education in sustainability development. It is not necessary to attend all workshops.

ReImagining Education for a Climate-Altered World is a series of three-panel discussions contribute to SunShip: The Arc That Makes The Flood Possible, as part of the Arts Letters & Numbers exhibition in the CITYX Venice Italian Virtual Pavilion of the 17th Venice Architecture Biennale.