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Discover the Programme

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Goals of the Course

 Inspired by tenants of the Transition Movement you will know the challenges and points of leverage in eco-villages and urban spaces. You will gain a clearer idea of how to bridge eco-village/permaculture world with urban spaces. 

You will learn about appropriate technologies and skills in the social, ecological, economic and worldview dimension, giving you a holistic education about sustainability and regeneration. 

 

Exploring solutions and experiencing effective models to transform society

 

Learn how to bridge build across a) local, bio-regional and international scales of society, b) diverse cultures, c) different stakeholders and actors within a project  d) semi-urban eco-projects

 

Design groups to learn key consultancy skills, know how to apply ecovillage and permaculture design skills to a semi-urban environment and existing organization. Applying systems and design thinking, change management, and dragon dreaming project management.

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Gain clarity on how to start or implement project management based on your own strengths, skills and interests. 

 

Optimize, re-purpose existing networks to benefit all stakeholders. Ability to develop strong relationships with, existing networks.

 

Understand the key needs of local bio-regional and international actors on the project under study.

Create value for local economies by providing local business, organizations or initiatives with ideas & solutions oriented in systems thinking through the consultancy design groups. These must be SMART.

 

Work with and learn from local, international and intergenerational facilitators through the course and the discussion panel. Understanding different perspectives and points of view.

By engaging in experiential learning along with cognitive, kinesthetic (+ other learning) you will leave with a theoretical, practical and embodied knowledge after the course.

You will Gain

Certification by Gaia Education as an EDE designer

Integrative design skills in four areas of sustainability: ecology, economy, social aspects & culture

First step for setting up EDE-courses in your region

New friends, ideas, inspiration and hope!

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The Four Dimensions of Sustainability

The EDE Programme is organised as a mandala called the sustainability wheel, encompassing what we perceive to be the four primary dimensions of human experience - Worldview, Ecological, Social, and Economic aspects. Each of these four dimensions contains five modules - twenty subject areas in total.

Social

How people organize, make decisions, communicate, navigate conflicts, work on the necessary awareness and change and celebrate together in community. Building deep bonds and meaningful connections takes a lot of work, and there are many tools that can be used to make this a more fruitful process. Working together goes beyond person-to-person communication, so you will also learn about governance structures for ecovillages through successful examples.

Economic

How do economic systems work and how we can change our livelihoods and other structures to create true justice and equality for all while restoring and healing the planet? Learn alternative economic structures, from de-growth economics to complementary currencies.

Ecologic

What is our ecological footprint and how can we redesign the basic systems including water, food, transportation, energy and housing? Learn to integrate the elements of nature into your gardens and buildings. Over 3 billion years of evolution have led to beautiful symbiotic relationships in the natural world. Nature wants to work together, and we used to work with nature. We can relearn this ancient wisdom.

Worldview

How do we shift consciousness, perceptions and values so we build a truly regenerative life and presence on this Earth? How can we strengthen existing networks and create new ones to build a resilient global culture of regeneration?

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Design Groups

The design groups will consult for different local fledgling and existing initiatives in Ibiza. These organizations are orientated towards driving local, bioregional and international regeneration and sustainability by the products and services that they provide. They have an intimate relationship with the land, and are looking to create social and business networks which will create mutual gain for all individuals and groups involved. 

 

Participants will apply the course elements within the design groups which will go towards providing a consultancy for the projects. Participants are able to understand what it means to work within the constraints of existing projects and infrastructures and will creatively come up with solutions, ideas and perspectives based on the four dimensions within the course. Through engaging with these initiatives they will have the opportunity to apply the skills and tools learnt in the course towards a live and present time initiative. Participants are guided by experienced facilitators who have decades of hands-on experience within their respective fields. At the end of the design groups participants will engage in feedback and be able to evaluate each other on what went well and what could have gone better. 

 

Pairing up design groups with local fledgling and existing initiatives, creates an intersection between thinking globally and applying locally. It allows for participants to engage in experiential learning - amongst other forms of learning - which has proven for information and tools to be retained up to 80% better. It allows for local initiatives to gain fresh perspectives, and to consider economic, social, environmental regeneration and sustainability of their projects. It creates the opportunity for collaborative holistic and systems thinking based approaches to existing structures and networks. Orienting Design Groups in this way creates a learning experience for participants, facilitators and existing local initiatives.

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