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From AASHE 2017 workshop:
Interpersonal Competences (ICs) are vital for sustainability change agents. Evidence shows that ICs are also highly-prized career skills. A student with strong ICs can productively interact and empathize with collaborators and stakeholders from diverse backgrounds and perspectives. ICs allow students to effectively learn from and teach others across different values and cultures, negotiate conflicts, and facilitate effective community decision-making. Organizational Development consultants and others have designed and used facilitation techniques for interpersonal work in industry, governance and NGOs. However, these techniques are not yet widely implemented in formal education settings, and ICs are rarely explicitly addressed in pedagogy. It is therefore imperative to improve ICs development in higher education.
This session reviews some widely-used strategies and promising innovations to foster ICs. It demonstrates teachable tools for: improving communication framing and story-telling; promoting constructive dialogue and small-group conversations; and facilitating information-sharing, collaboration and decision-making in large groups. Such tools for group process and information sharing can enhance every student’s ICs, promoting student success across all disciplines and career paths. We will consider and practice a selection of strategies synthesized from Organizational Development, to help educators from all disciplines foster ICs in sustainability education.
Handouts and references available at https://perplexedprimate.org/2017/10/19/adventures-at-aashe/