SPARK invites all students and professionals interested in Education for Sustainable Development to join this RCE Meeting on The Imaginative Power of the Region - Learning for the SDGs together!

“Ultimately, sustainability needs to emerge in the everyday fabric of life – in the minds of people and in the values they live by. Such emergence depends on how and what people learn, both individually and collectively”

– Arjen Wals (WUR / UNESCO Chair Holder Transformative Learning)

On 8 February 2022 SPARK the Movement organizes an interactive online meeting with regional, national, and European educators around the question:

How can we mobilize the imaginative power of the region, thus learning together how to take up global challenges and focus on the local impact we can make?

Our conviction is that sustainability needs to be a part of the ‘everyday fabric of life’, as mentioned by Arjen Wals in the quote above. The region seems to be the most suitable level to examine day-to-day life and business. Together we develop the expertise needed to learn for sustainable development.

As we need to include everyone’s talent in the quest, contributions are made by artists, scientists and educational craftsmen, both young and old, regionally active as well as from members from the European RCE Network. And of course, with you!

The preliminary program is as follows:

MORNING SESSION (9-12H) – Boosting inspiration and energy 

There will be several plenary activities and three HOW TO- Power Lectures on how to inspire imaginative transition on a regional, organizational and personal level. With enough time and space for questions, dialogue and personal reflections.

Three HOW TO-Power Lectures

  • The Blue Delta Region – How to develop broad prosperity for future generations living in a rural European region?

By Klaas Sietse Spoelstra 

  • The Whole School Approach – How to develop a school that is able to embed transformative learning for social and environmental sustainability? 

By Arjen Wals

  • Attentive involvement as an educational disposition. How to build relations that inspire sustainable non-indifference?

By Lisette Bastiaansen 

AFTERNOON SESSION (13-16H) – Transforming inspiration into practice

During the afternoon we’ll co-create answers to the questions that were addressed and formulated during the morning. With an explanation about and practical tools for design-based learning, break-out sessions and network opportunities. And several 3 minute-pitches with inspiring tools from other European RCE Members! 

SMALL Break-out Sessions

How can education support the transition towards a circular economy and a sustainable society? With artists, educators and scientists.

Break-out sessions based on design-based learning, using hearts, hands and heads. 

TALK OF THE DAY (16.15-17H) – Informal chat to reflect and look forward

Take a drink and have a chat with all the lovely people you worked with this afternoon!

You can find the updated program and link for signing up here.