ECO LITERACY: GREENING PUBLIC IMAGINATION

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This workshop is based on the belief that the crisis in the environment is a crisis of education. It introduces strategies to cultivate eco literacy in the public starting with young learners, teachers and school communities to better address challenges in today’s society. It introduces life long learning strategies that network systems thinking with art, science, design and environmental practices supporting critique of human progress and instilling a new ecology of stewardship.

This workshop takes place on Thursday, March 26 from 2:30 – 4:30 at Arizona State University (Room TBA) and will be led by two architects and professors of architecture and environmental design with practice and experience working with diverse public groups and teachers and schools, more information about their workshops and recognitions can be found at www.NEXT.cc which provides 24/7 eLearning Eco Literacy support to all fifty states and over one hundred fifty countries.

Participants will leave empowered to facilitate change in their schools and school communities supported by an open discovery network of learning resources to share with teachers, administrators and changemakers.

Eco Literacy, a term coined by David Orr, author of Earth in Mind: On Education, Environment and Human Prospect, has been added to social and emotional intelligence as a third and necessary intelligence. (Coleman, 2009). Social and emotional intelligence extend empathy and ability to see from another’s perspective. Ecological intelligence applies this capacity to an understanding of natural systems and larger Meta cognitive skills of empathy for all life. Inculcating and inspiring wonder of the natural and built world and a developing a sense of place and purpose is the path toward eco literacy. This workshop will share strategies for greening imagination through environmental awareness, engagement and advocacy concentrating on young imaginations. Introducing the OXFAM concept of the environmental ceiling and conditions that are exceeding it and social foundations that are not being met, participants will access organizations working to raise awareness, build knowledge and create change in the synthesis of water, energy and food systems. Development of environmental stewardship, or respect for and caretaking of places- natural systems in relation to human constructed ideas- needs individuals who have “a basic comprehension of ecology, human ecology and the concepts of sustainability” (Orr, 2006). This workshop shares an accessible systems thinking approach that topically connects virtual field trips, museum interactive and global art, science and design practices with trans disciplinary activities rethinking relationships between the built and natural worlds. Participants will locate their watershed, map their closest river, and evaluate their daily water use in relation to water use in other parts of the world. Water equivalencies of everyday things will change thinking about how to conserve, consume and choose to use water and for what purposes. Issues of food surplus will be set against food deserts and access to food and shared with strategies for localization. Carbon footprints will be examined in rethinking wellbeing and progress. Comparisons of material extraction, production, manufacturing, transportation and life cycle will be featured that expand normal consumerism to include embodied energy, maintenance and longevity as factors of choice. Participants will find that imagination and creativity are essential energies for rethinking relationships starting at an early age using new ways of learning, sharing data and making. Eco Literacy as a necessary form of intelligence and a necessity of 21st century local to global learning as part of the public imagination is essential to creating a culture of care and affectingly changing perceptions, awareness, understanding and citizen actions.

WORKSHOP OBJECTIVES

  • Introduce and define eco literacy as a 21st century necessity
  • Address the importance of making the environment a priority across school curriculum, school campuses and school communities
  • Introduce ways culture, technology and society shape design responses in greening indoor and outdoor learning environments
  • Encourage interaction between people and the natural and built
    environment

REGISTRATION & PAYMENT 

Registration for the workshop is $25 and supports continued evolution and maintenance of the eLearning network. Please send confirmation of attendance to Mark Keane at Keane@uwm.edu.

Payments can be made to www.NEXT.cc, Inc. PayPal. Alternate payment arrangements will be accepted at the workshop.

 

BIOS

Linda Keane, AIA, is an artist, architect and academic passionately active in greening public imagination. She combines an architectural practice with animation, publications and workshops collaborating with diverse practices on envisioning projects that transform learning experiences. Professor of Architecture and Environmental Design at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago she teaches ecological urbanism and design journalism. Co-founder of STUDIO 1032 with partner, Mark Keane, she contributes to sustainable initiatives along the Milwaukee- Chicago corridor. A dynamic and engaging speaker, she leads creativity and EE workshops with administrators, teachers and community organizations. www.linkedin.com/in/lkeaneaia/

Mark Keane, president of the educational non-profit, NEXT.cc, is an artist, architect, and professor of architecture. He teaches at the university of Wisconsin Milwaukee where he serves as the head of the Frank Lloyd Wright Initiative. A Retrospective of Animated Architecture, Films by Mark and Linda Keane, received a PBS Emmy and is included in the Metropolitan Museum of Art and J. Paul Getty Archives. Keane is a dynamic teacher, introducing architecture to 450 freshmen every fall, and as national AIA Young Teacher of the year in 2010, Keane’s community service has been recognized with several UWM University Service Awards and a FL Wright Foundation Award received at the NY Guggenheim’s 50th celebration. As Milwaukee Green Architect of the Year he collaborated on the city’s North Easy Side Plan with Chicago planners, landscape architects and environmental designers. http://www.STUDIO1032.com

A PBS Emmy (Chicago) for animation, ARCHITECTURE an INTERACTIVE INTRODUCTION, and recently the co creation of the NEXT.cc eLearning DESIGNOPEDIA is recognized by The Art Institute of Chicago, American Institute of Architects, American Architectural Foundation, Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, Graham Foundation for Advancement in Architecture and Fine Arts, National Endowment for Council the Arts, National Environmental Education Foundation, PBS Chicago, United States Green Building and Union of International Architects for innovation in 21st century learning and stewardship.

Please contact Mark Keane at keane@uwm.edu or Linda Keane at lkeane@saic.edu with any questions. Email confirmation of specific room and place will be sent prior to the workshop.

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