The ‘Better Future Forum’, by Forward Democracy, is an ideas exchange platform showcasing game-changers who are building a future that thrives, in tune with people and the planet.
Exclusively for Noisily, ‘Earth in Mind: Rethinking Education for Our Future’ will draw together practitioners and pioneers who are reimagining education to meet the opportunities and challenges of the 21st Century to engage on a panel on the Mind Stage.
Much of what has gone wrong with the world is the result of inadequate and misdirected education that:
– Alienates us from life in the name of human domination.
– Causes students to worry about how to make a living before they know who they are.
– Overemphasizes success and careers.
– Dampens creativity.
– Separates feeling from intellect, and the practical from the theoretical.
– Deadens the sense of wonder for the created world.
The crisis we face is one of mind, perception, and values. It is, first and foremost, an educational challenge. Once we acknowledge and begin to address this seriously, it then becomes an issue of active, effective democracy.
Our format invites dialogue with inspiring innovators and leading thinkers. We provide a ‘hot seat’ for members of the audience who have experience in the field of education to become a part of the conversation.
We hope that guests will leave inspired, informed, equipped, and motivated.
“The fact is that given the challenges we face, education doesn’t need to be reformed — it needs to be transformed. The key to this transformation is not to standardize education, but to personalize it, to build achievement on discovering the individual talents of each child, to put students in an environment where they want to learn and where they can naturally discover their true passions.”
– Sir Ken Robinson
Rosamonde Birch, Education Futures Changemaker
Rosamonde is a teacher, lecturer and facilitator who has worked across primary, secondary, higher education and community learning in Citizenship Education, Education for Sustainable Development and Outdoor Learning. This includes working with the UK Parliament, children and young people to develop a political and democratic literacy program across the South West of England. Most recently, Rosamonde has been exploring pedagogies of hope, Futures Thinking and alternatives in education focusing on the potentials of eco-social justice in education. She was awarded the Nico de Bruin prize for her MA dissertation into the vitality of hope through the practice of Philosophical Inquiry in a secondary school environment. To find out more visit www.rosamondebirch.space
Peter Barden, Co-founder, Forward Democracy
Peter is dedicated to defending and developing democracy, peace and environmental justice in our era. Inspired by the work of Sir Ken Robinson and David Orr, Peter’s determination to reimagine politics is primarily driven by a desire to transform the Department for Education. Peter has been producing innovative educational experiences for over 10 years spanning multiple sectors and serving diverse, global audiences. He has a degree in history with a focus on modern political ideas and philosophy, and a masters in international relations. He is also a mentor for the UK charity A Band of Brothers, which works with young men involved in the criminal justice system and supports them to lead lives of purpose, connection and belonging.
Carl Pratt, Creative Director, FuturePlanet
Carl is the Founder of FuturePlanet a community of action, with a mission to accelerate our transition to an inclusive, regenerative future. He leads with love, inclusivity, kindness, positivity, and play. As a leader, Carl’s purpose is to support you to transform the world to be one where every child, woman, and man can thrive, in balance and harmony with nature. A future we can all love. Since founding FuturePlanet, he has united and supported change-makers from over 150 organisations, inspiring and empowering each other to create a positive impact.
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