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In today’s busy world, the focus appears to be on more and more doing. More mandates, regulations, guidelines and procedures. To make things worse, providing opportunities to help adults and children learn sustainable practices to living may be severely limited by the current paradigm of education – based on telling. This current state raises the key question of how can we work towards building relationships and truly empowering people to learn how to integrate sustainable practice into their day to day lives?
Sustainability Victoria's purpose is to show the way to using our resources more efficiently and reducing our everyday environmental impacts. As part of their ResourceSmart Education programs Sustainability Victoria is facilitating a growing Community of Practice that is working together to continuously improve Education for Sustainability (EfS) in Victorian communities.
The key methodology being used across this growing Community of Practice is an approach known as Open Space Technology which has at its heart the principle of “doing one less thing”, an approach that produces co-ordinated documented and action-oriented outcomes that participants themselves take responsibility for.
The presenters will share the story of how Open Space Technology has been applied to the Victorian EfS sector Community of Practice, the themes that have emerged, actions undertaken and reflections of Community of Practice members.
Participants will have the opportunity to learn how the 4 principles and one law of Open Space Technology enable people to participate in ways that are most meaningful to them.