Supporting Change Agents for Sustainability and Innovation


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Supporting Change Agents for Sustainability and Innovation

  1. 1. Supporting Change Agents for Sustainability and Innovation Simon Walker, Simon Goldsmith & Emily Mason University of Greenwich
  2. 2. “It is worth noting that the destruction of the planet is not the work of ignorant people. Rather it is largely the results of work by people with BAs, BScs, LLBs, MBAs, and PhDs …Education can equip people to be more effective vandals of the earth. If one listens carefully, it may even be possible to hear the Creation groan every year in late May when another batch of smart, degree-holding, but ecologically illiterate, Homo sapiens who are eager to succeed are launched into the biosphere” David Orr – environmental educator 1991
  3. 3. 3 Drivers/Opportunities •Values •Employability •Innovation •Systems thinking •Collaboration •Inter-disciplinary •FE/HE Value for money •FE/HE Values for money •Extra curricular activities •FE/HE a place for identity (activism) •Development & Growth •Current Events (climate change - flooding!) Barriers/Threats •Student activism (change agency) turn off for some (poorly communicated/understood) •Perception of rocking the boat - (rebel/revolutionary!) •A lot to lose (your education?) •Need to better illustrate roles, actions, responsibilities, outcomes of activism •Time poor students (focus on achieving result not always quality of experience) •Support from the institution •Lack of materials to support and enable change agency •Students unions may not be effective in supporting broad engagement •Lack of government support/strategy Change Agency - What Drives us? What Binds us?
  4. 4. 4 Student /HE Driven •Student Activism (incl equality, (UK Uncut, Occupy) •Higher Education Funding Council for England •(HEFCE) •NUS Student Green Fund •People & Planet Global/International/National/Local •Rio +20 •UN interventions (Syria/South Sudan) •Avaaz •38 Degrees •Greenpeace •Transition Towns Networks •Current Social/Environmental impacts •Guerrilla •Food banks Issues Social •Equality (gender, wealth, opportunity etc) •Working conditions •Energy security •Access to information (incl internet) •Democracy •Food security Environmental •Climate change •Pollution (incl contamination) •Biodiversity loss •Food security •Resource use The Future is.. Change Agency...
  5. 5. 5 Sustainability Hub images Student Coops (food etc) Examples
  6. 6. 6 Collaboration Enabling Capacity Confidence Skills Connecting Learning Celebrating Proving An example of successful Change Agents learning from outside the FE-HE Sector Fun Exciting Noisy Good Feeling Cool New Outrageous Risky Pride Impassioned Energy Multi-disciplinary Uncharted Ballsy Novice Expert Seat of the pants Refreshing No Boss! Self-Organised Design Creative
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  8. 8. 8 Collaborate and experiment Doing not talking Support the innovators
  9. 9. 9 in FE & HEI’s? Recruiting, Up Skilling & Celebrating Change Agents
  10. 10. 10 People Talent Knowledge Time Resources Space Causes Energy Networks Hierarchies to breakdown Multi-disciplines Potential Skills Experience Learning Make Hack Exposure Research Potential Attitude Creativity
  11. 11. 11 DO!
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