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Campfire Sessions as Contemplative Intervention to Facilitate the Redesign of Education for Regenerative Systems Change

Format: Papers, RSD12, RSD12 Papers Pre-release, Topic: Learning & Education

Aniek Draaisma and Bas van den Berg

The world today is facing sustainability challenges that will ultimately lead humanity into a state of deep crisis. This state of the world requires an educational transformation in today’s context. There is no shortage of possible alternative educational practices to meet the needs of a society in transition. However, there is a lack of knowledge and skills on how to implement these practices in the educational system in a sustainable way, with plenty of internal and external resistance. The field of education is experiencing a lack of capacity and willingness to respond to the demands of our time by successfully initiating forms of systemic change. This initial study helps us to explore contemplative campfire sessions as a vehicle for educational change, facilitating slowness, dialogue and space for a solidly built new structure. To this end, we explored metaphorical campfires as sites for micro-phenomenological interventions inspired by the principles of regenerative education. These sessions were co-created with Built Environment teachers who are in the process of redesigning their curriculum for the transition challenges facing cities (e.g. increasing numbers of people living in cities, energy transition, smart integration of water, issues of mobility). It is too early to claim that contemplative bonfires are the ingenious solution to our transition problems, but our exploration has shown promising results in prioritising, designing and implementing educational change issues.

KEYWORDS: regenerative education, systemic educational change, climate crisis, built environment, campfire of change.

RSD TOPICS: Learning & Education

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Author(s): Aniek Draaisma and Bas van den Berg
Year: 2023
Title: Campfire Sessions as Contemplative Intervention to Facilitate the Redesign of Education for Regenerative Systems Change
Published in: Proceedings of Relating Systems Thinking and Design
Volume: RSD12
Article No.: pre-release
URL: https://rsdsymposium.org/education-for-regenerative-systems-change
Host: Georgetown University
Location: Washington DC, USA
Symposium Dates: October 6–20, 2023
First published: 30 September 2023
Last update: no update
Publisher Identification: ISSN 2371-8404

Proceedings of Relating Systems Thinking and Design, RSD12

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