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BLended Adult Learning for the Social-ecological Transition – tools, assessments, and frameworks
25 September 2021 @ 13:00 - 26 September 2021 @ 13:00 CESTFree
In this year again we will come together not only for IfGIC annual assembly, but also for the evaluation of the BLAST (BLended Adult learning for Socio-ecological Transition learning)-project and workshops. Since 2019 IfGIC as a project member has helped adult educators to improve their ability to deliver blended transformative learning for civic engagement. In these two-days in-person and online conference we will report about the outcomes of this project and host workshops in Berlin.
Join us in-person or online for workshops and panel discussion
10:30 – 12:00 IfGIC Annual Assembly
The IfGIC General Assembly is for IfGIC members only. The agenda of the Assembly will be sent via mail.
13:00 – 14:00 Introduction to BLAST-Project
Introduction to the BLAST-Project
BLAST is a project run by the transnational Transformative Education Community of Practice formed by members of ECOLISE and other partners. The project is funded by the Erasmus+ strategic partnerships programme and started in October 2019. It focuses on the enhancement of transformative learning across Europe. IfGIC is one of the project partners.
Anna Storck will give us an introduction to the blended and transformative learning competencies from the BLAST project – a useful tool kit for anyone dedicated to social & ecological transition.
Dr. Anna Storck
Integral Trainer & Coach
14:00 – 16:30 Workshop by Daniel Auf der Mauer
"Working with Beginnings: a Trauma–informed and Nervous System–based Approach to Conflict Transformation"
The most underrated factors in conflict transformation are the role of the nervous system, the power of co–regulation and the presence of the past through unresolved individual & collective trauma.
Blended live workshop. Daniel will join us online.
Daniel Auf der Mauer
Photograper, Systemic Coach & Mediator
Conflict is never “out there” – it always starts “in here”: as an inner experience of emotional overwhelm, of “too much”.
This workshop is built on a modern, nervous system–based and trauma–informed approach to conflict transformation. It teaches you how to expand your embodied capacity to slow down, breathe, and host your own emotional conflict experience in a sustainable and integrative way.
Once you are able to be there “for yourself” in a conflict, you are only then available to be there for someone else. This is what it means to become the change that you want to see in the world. What appeared as a conflict before becomes a challenge you can respond to in a mature and flexible way. Where before you could only react, now you have a choice.
You will learn about:
- Neurobiological Principles of Conflict: emotional overwhelm, cortical shutdown & projection
- Loop of Understanding: a practical and efficient conflict intervention tool
- Co–Regulation: addressing and integrating negative emotion in conflict
- The Presence of the Past: unresolved individual & collective trauma as the non–negotiable background circumstance every present–day conflict takes place in
- Being in Service: how to give priority to the integrity of the process and receive sustainable outcomes instead of producing pretty solutions.
17:00 – 19:00 Panel discussion on BLAST community & competence building
Blended learning for the social-ecological transition combines experiential place-based learning through immersion in community-led initiatives with online opportunities for exchange and peer learning in geographically distributed Communities of Practice. Blended approaches extend the reach, facilitate access, improve motivation, enhance flexibility, and synergise otherwise disconnected opportunities for learning and action.
The purpose of the BLAST partnership is to enable educators, trainers, facilitators, mentors, researchers etc. in delivering transformative learning opportunities to citizens, communities and professionals that engage as change-makers and game-changers in the social-ecological transition.
Join us in the panel discussion about blended transformative learning and Community of Practice with our guest:
Hosting Transformation & Visionautik
BLAST IO2 Methods
Croatian Permaculture, Zagreb
BLAST IO1 Community of Practice
Community Catalyst & Facilitator at Cultivate
BLAST IO1 Community of Practice
As part of the BLAST consortium (ERASMUS+ Project entitled ‘BLended Adult learning for the Social-ecological Transition’), we are developing a set of tools for competency framework thinking to guide trainers and participants in the area of transformative and blended learning. The overarching aim of exploring and further developing these forms of adult learning is to support the socio-ecological transition*.
We would love your feedback on the following resources. We promise, it is worth reading:
19:00 – open end…Dinner
For all participants joining us in-person in Berlin. We are planing a dinner together near the Venue. Details will follow.
10:00 – 13:00 Workshop by Lukas Herrmann and Kazuma Matoba
“Ichi-Go Ichi-E – (One time, one meeting): ‘Generative social field’ meets Japanese Tea Ceremony”
Careful examination can sometimes reveal that ancient eastern traditions and western sociological concepts are not as dissimilar as one might think. For example, one could discover that field theory, or rather that which the academic discourse has termed ‘social fields,’ and the art of tea ceremony bear tentative likeness and can be mutually illuminating.
The key principles of a tea ceremony – space, time, and information – are likewise central to social fields. Let us talk it over – over a cup of tea!
Dr. Kazuma Matoba
University Professor, Trainer & Visionary
Social Field Practitioner
The tea ceremony enables the emergence of social fields, which here take the form of ‘BA’. The inner conditions of individuals are cultivated with the help of material and spiritual nutrients provided by a mindful host. Practical results lie in the ceremony’s emphasis on the present. Otto Scharmer defines ‘social fields’ as social systems which have “an emphasis on the source conditions that give rise to patterns of thinking, conversing, and organizing, which in turn produce practical results”. Moreover, he posits that these source conditions are “co-shaped by the inner condition of individuals and quality of the ‘social soil’”.
The workshop has two parts:
Part 1: Tea ceremony: an immersive social field experience based on an ancient Eastern contemplative social cultivation practice. In this part of the workshop we will be introduced to the art of the tea ceremony (eg. MA, Ichi-Go Ichi-E, Ba), enacting its social field and immersing ourselves in it with all senses.
Part 2: Reflection for action:
- What can we learn from this ancient tradition?
- How can it inform our ways of shaping social fields and facilitating change?
In the second part of the workshop, we will presence the social field that was created and reflect on its impact. To facilitate this reflection, terminologies and frameworks of East and West will intersect and encounter a common ground(lessness).
This in-person two-days conference will take place in the Evangelische Bildungsstätte, Inselstr. 27-28 in Berlin (https://www.berlin-schwanenwerder.de).
Only 15 persons will be allowed to attend physically and 50 persons are invited to the online conference.
If you want to attend the conference in-person and need accommodation in the Evangelische Bildungsstätte, please register below. We’ve reserved double rooms at the Venue. The accommodation cost is 67 EUR per person.
For IfGIC members the accommodation is free of charge.
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