Lecturers: Felipe Nogueira Bello Simas and Ana Carolina Beer Figueira Simas
The wicked nature of the problems faced by present and future generations implicate in innovative approaches in research, outreach and education. Projects focused on fostering socioecological transitions to sustainability deal with complex problems involving several stakeholders and require inter/transdisciplinary approaches. However, frequently, the strategies and processes for creation and management of our projects are based on the same logics that created the problems, resulting in unsustainable projects that fail to deal with all the complexity involved. The present course is an introduction to consensual participatory strategic planning for projects and organizations dealing with community sustainability. A project design approach is presented which draws inspiration from Australia’s aboriginal people, Living Systems Theory and Deep Ecology.
Why some projects do really well while others get blocked and fail to meet their objectives leading to group burnout and collapse? How can we as researchers and staff act as change agents that collaborate to unleash collective intelligence in benefit of the projects we are involved? How can we integrate different stakeholders in an authentic transdisciplinary attitude? How to avoid burnout, increase team commitment and enthusiasm? These questions will be addressed in this course from theoretical and practical perspectives.