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Changing education paradigms

if you’d like to find out more about the Earlyarts International Unthink Annual Conference, you’ll find it on our events page here

We seem to be on a roll here – nurturing creativity, collaboration (the stuff of growth), and how they come together. Happy week-end to you all.

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nurturing creativity

Maybe I’m alone in that I’ve only just doscovered TED. But in case there’s even one of you in the universe who hasn’t yet navigated to or stumbled upon this lovely spot…here’s the link. I recommend Elizabeth Gilbert who likens creativity to asking someone to swallow the sun.

Happy week-end!

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envisioning the good life

I’m underwhelmed by arguments for growth despite the fact that they seem to be everywhere linked to policies for making sustainable thriving innovative and healthy organisations, regions, or nations.

I ask myself, what kind of growth are we talking about?

So, imagine how pleased I was to be signposted here and invited to envision ‘the good life’ and to discover that ‘perpetual economic growth is neither possible nor desirable because growth, especially in wealthy nations, is already causing more problems than it solves’.

It’s called steady state economics and I wonder why it’s taken me so long to find out about it especially since there was a conference just down the AI from where I live …in Leeds. I wish I’d been at the workshop on well being, but Lucy Glynn’s review gives you a feel for the event and you can read it here if you like.

Ah, the work life balance thing again!

So, a couple of questions to ask ourselves….

How do we keep the flow of internationalism and cultural exchange growing without eating up resources we can’t replace?

Maybe there were answers to this question at this recent seminar: Internationalism in an Ecologically Conscious Age and hopefully there’ll be a report soon that we can digest for you.

If, as Tom Harvey(CEO of Northern Film+Media) suggests in his intriguing blog for Mission, Models, Money, we need to avoid creating companies that are ‘thin’, and one of the ways we can do this is by focusing on a national and global economy – how do we do this in a way that we can be sure the benefits outweigh the costs? (and here we’re talking about an economy that fits within the capacity provided by Earth’s ecosystems).

‘The day is not far off when the economic problem will take the back seat where it belongs, and the arena of the heart and the head will be occupied or reoccupied, by our real problems – the problems of life and of human relations, of creation and behavior and religion’ – John Stuart Mill writing in the nineteenth century…mmm.

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