• Design for Sustainability
    and Organic Food Systems

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Gaia Education, Chora Connection, Gaia Trust, Red Cross Denmark present

6-Week Course for Asylum Seekers

3 October to 10 November 2016 Avnstrup, Denmark

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Each year thousands of men, women and children attempt a dangerous journey across the Mediterranean Sea to Europe. Many of them are trying to escape poverty, the impacts of climate change and war. Not only has migration become an everyday reality, but there is supportive evidence that migrants are instrumental in the development of economies. Many professional, service and agricultural industries would not function without the human, economic and cultural capital of the migrants and their integration.

According to the Institute of Policy Studies in Education “migrant education is the most important issue facing European education over the next decade” (London Metropolitan University, 2014). In this context this project will adopt integrated approaches to sustainability education providing migrants and asylum seekers with the right competencies within 3 dimensions of sustainability– environment, society and economy, with organic food production as a transversal theme.

Enhancing solidarity between migrants and local communities, encouraging collaborative decision-making, designing inclusive local governance systems, acquiring tools for conflict facilitation

Enhancing ethical, fair and transparent business relations, increasing autonomy from the agro-industrial system, promoting viable livelihoods and socio entrepreneurship, bridging the gap between producers and consumers

Understanding the impact and developing resilience to climate change in food, land, biodiversity and water systems, bringing culture back to agri-culture, appreciation of the diversity of cultural influences on food patterns.

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Week 1 - Social Design

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May East, Chief Executive Gaia Education, Findhorn Ecovillage

Week 2 - Economic Design

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Ditlev Nissen, Director Living Communities, Former Chairman Danish Ecovillage Association


Week 3 to 5 - Ecological Design

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Cathrine Dolleris, Permaculture Teacher


Week 6 - Cultural Design

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Bjarne Gantzel Pedersen, Cultural Design MSc Sustainable Cities, Transition Town Trainer


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