Education

Investigating Community Resilence with Bob and Dave

With this program Bob and Dave dive into a two part discussion of the basic concepts and thinking points involved in the idea of 'community resilience'.They begin with a discussion of the premise of resilience as applied to eco-social communities. Quickly they share the Richard Heinberg narrated video, The Ultimate Roller Coaster Ride: Four Hundred Years of Fossil Fuel History. Eco-Social Resilience matters because the drive of history is changing. Energy constraint and expense, along with climate change, are already causing changes, even shocks, to our globalized system of doing things. Severe stresses to our way of life are likely in the near term future.

Education Still Needed

Jim Crowfoot, Professor Emeritus at the University of Michigan, is this weeks guest. The discussion begins with a description of the freshman/sophomore seminar Jim designed for students entering the U of M., a multi-disciplinary, look at The Environment, Religions, Spirituality and Sustainability. Crowfoot is greatly concerned that even high achieving students gaining acceptance at the U of M come that far with little understanding of the environmental foundations of our human societies or the threats to that foundation. Religions and spirituality come into play because Crowfoot found over years of teaching that students so often set their own values aside when entering the classroom leaving them with little connection to the material being taught. Without sensing and understanding ones own spiritual connection to the natural world, or the place of nature and the environment in one's religious beliefs, the contemporary threats to our environment and to our communities can not be grasped. Understanding the social-ecological community  and coming to grips with ones own place in it, is a powerful and absolutely neccessary tool, Crowfoot believes, as we face the multitude of changes and challenges in the near future.

Stephen Cousins joins Dave for Part 2

Stephen Cousins, Superintendent of the Traverse City Area Public Schools joins Dave for a two part discussion, this week and next, of the role of education in building community resilience. The discussion begins with a bit of history on how public education came to be structured as it is. Cousins recognizes the legacy issues for public education and the constraints imposed by connections to state and federal dollars, but he is optimistic  that by broadening the communication input to public education decision making local needs and planning can be effective. Steve is also optimistic that technological changes in the way curriculum can be delivered to students will move public education from an industrial/agrarian model to a broader and more responsive system.

Steve Cousins, Superintendent of Traverse City Public Schools, joins Dave - part 1

Stephen Cousins, Superintendent of the Traverse City Area Public Schools joins Dave for a two part discussion, this week and next, of the role of education in building community resilience. The discussion begins with a bit of history on how public education came to be structured as it is. Cousins recognizes the legacy issues for public education and the constraints imposed by connections to state and federal dollars, but he is optimistic  that by broadening the communication input to public education decision making local needs and planning can be effective. Steve is also optimistic that technological changes in the way curriculum can be delivered to students will move public education from an industrial/agrarian model to a broader and more responsive system.

Brad Kik joins Dave Barrons

For the first show of the new year Brad Kik co-founder and director of ISLAND, the Institute for Sustainable Living & Natural Design, joins Dave for a conversation about his organization featuring ISLAND's focus on numerous aspects of self-resilience. Very small scale 'farming' or backyard gardening and a host of DIY skills comprise many of ISLAND"S workshops. "Love Great Art" is part of their creed, as well, and Brad is especially clear discussing the value of art, the role of art, in sustaining community resilience.

Outside In -- Dave is joined by Sarna Salzma

On this show Dave is joined by Sarna Salzman, Executive Director of the non-profit, SEEDS. The discussion introduces the work of SEEDS, a nine year old organization in NW MIchigan. SEEDS was one of the early partners, along with the Neahtawanta Center, in bringing the BIONEERS Conference to Traverse City and the region. This year's conference is scheduled for next week, Oct. 15th, 16th, and 17th.  Sarna outlines all of the various program choices at this year's event which has an overall theme of Governance. The rest of the discussion covers SEEDS' after-school, and Youth Corp programs. Education is critical to building the social capital necessary in creating community resilience. SEEDS offers a strong educational component in its work.

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