Transitioning To An Ecological Civilization: Dialogues East And West. A 6-months' Learning Journey.

A two-centre learning journey, residential in the UK and China, to look at how communities are responding to the challenge of transitioning to an ecological civilisation. With facilitation by Julie Richardson and Lanying Zhang, and guest scholars and practitioners including Wen Tiejun, Li Shouli, Zheng Bin, Sit Tsui, Liu Yingsheng, Rob Hopkins, Sophy Banks and Stephan Harding.


Residential Dates in the UK and China

13 - 24 February 2017 Schumacher College, UK
18 - 30 June 2017 Southwest University and various locations in China
Supported by an on-line study programme from February - July 2017

During this programme we will explore what is wrong with the current economic system, in east and west, and why it is not delivering well-being for people and planet.  We will look at the seeds of new possibilities towards growing an ecological civilisation fit for the twenty first century.

This is a rare opportunity to be part of an inspirational and action orientated learning journey in which you will explore with intellectuals and activists the seeds of creating an ecological civilisation, east and west.  The journey will start in the UK at Schumacher College where we will learn about the global story of Transition Towns and how it started in the local town of Totnes.  Here we will meet with community activists and social entrepreneurs and visit inspiring projects that have emerged from the local community in response to climate change, peak oil and economic instability and inequality.  Together, we will experience inner transition and community participation processes to cultivate empowering, engaging, creative and enjoyable ways of being together as part of the transition.

Between residential modules, our journey continues on-line, where you will be invited to further study and be supported in creating your own initiative inspired by the transition movement.

The final leg of our learning journey takes place at various locations in China (Beijing, Chongqing and Chengdu Province), in collaboration with the Institute of Rural Reconstruction at Southwest University.  We will experience first-hand the culture and ecology of China and have an opportunity to dialogue with intellectuals and activists about what creating an ecological civilisation means in contemporary China.  We will visit inspiring projects as well as exploring the cultural and ecological roots to traditional Chinese wisdom rooted in Taoism, Confucianism and Buddhism.  Participants will be introduced to the ancient holistic philosophy and practice of cultivating inner strength for outer action and have the unique opportunity to visit sacred places and monasteries related to modern day practices of these ancient holistic traditions.

This is an educational experience that will appeal to community activists, NGO’s, students, researchers, policy makers and entrepreneurs interested in cross-cultural dialogue;  exchanging holistic theory and practice east and west, towards creating a global movement transitioning to an ecological civilisation.

Completion of this non-formal Continuing Professional Development programme, will lead to a Certificate awarded by Schumacher College, UK and the Institute of Rural Reconstruction, Southwest University, China.

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When Feb 13, 2016 12:00 AM to
Jul 30, 2016 12:00 AM
Where China and UK
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