Meet our Partners

Our programmes have been taking place in 55 countries since 2005. We are very grateful for all our partners and organisers, associates and friends around the world, who have helped us to train more than 25,000 people over the past years.

Main Partner: Gaia Trust

Gaia Trust is a Danish-based charitable trust founded in 1987 on the guiding vision of Hildur and Ross Jackson. Its aim is to support the transition to a sustainable society through grants and proactive initiatives like Gaia Education.

Gaia Trust has always been self-funded by earnings from its very successful daughter company Gaiacorp, a foreign currency manager and advisory firm. The basis for Gaiacorp’s business was software and research donated to Gaia Trust by operations researcher Ross Jackson, who retained 10% of the shares for the first five years. The announced intention from the beginning was to sell off Gaiacorp after about 10 years in order to free up capital for the charitable activities, and this sale was indeed completed in 2000.

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Institutional Partners

UNITAR: United Nations Institute for Training and Research

An autonomous UN body established in 1963, the United Nations Institute for Training and Research is a training arm of the United Nations System, and has the mandate to enhance the effectiveness of the UN through diplomatic training, public awareness-raising, education and training of public policy officials.

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UNESCO: Global Action Programme on Education for Sustainable Development

The UNESCO Global Action Programme (UNESCO-GAP) recognises Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) as a crucial enabler for sustainable development. UNESCO-GAP seeks to generate and scale-up ESD and to accelerate progress towards sustainable development.

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The UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network

The UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) has been operating since 2012 under the auspices of the UN Secretary General. SDSN works to identify integrated and joint actions and solutions aimed at implementing the Global Goals in practical ways that are relevant to people’s lives and their communities. This is an effective way of bringing about local community ownership of the SDGs.

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Global Ecovillage Network

The Global Ecovillage Network (GEN) delivers education programmes in order to build bridges between policy-makers, governments, NGOs, academics, entrepreneurs, activists, community networks and ecologically-minded individuals across the globe, and to develop strategies for a global transition to resilient communities and cultures.

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ECOLISE, the European network for community-led initiatives on climate change and sustainability, was founded in 2014. It is a coalition of 43 national and international networks of community-led initiatives on sustainability and climate change, as well as organisations that support transformative community education.

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Oikos International

Oikos is a student network for sustainability in management and economics education. On the local level, the student groups get together to explore how we want to live, learn and lead together. From there, they start acting in a multitude of ways with partners that want to co-create the change and with thousands of colourful projects around the topic of sustainability and education every year.

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Scotland Malawi Partnership

The Scotland-Malawi Partnership is a membership organisation representing a community of 109,000 Scots with active links to Malawi, and coordinating, supporting and representing the people-to-people links between the two nations.

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United Nations Association Scotland

Founded in 1945, at the same time as the UN itself, the United Nations Association – UK (UNA-UK) is the country’s foremost advocate for UK action at the UN. UNAS is the pre-eminent voice of civil society support for the UN in Scotland.

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United Nations House Scotland

The United Nations Global Compact is a non-binding United Nations pact to encourage businesses worldwide to adopt sustainable and socially responsible policies, and to report on their implementation.

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Academic Partnerships

One of our international partner academic institutions may be offering a Gaia Education accredited course near you.

In addition to being closer to where you live, some of our courses with partner institutions allow you to work while you are learning, whether in a residential programme or online.

Currently a number of universities are partnering with Gaia Education to offer academic credits or a joint certificate for courses based on the Gaia Education whole-systems design curriculum. More universities will join this innovative partnership as we develop relationships with institutions around the world.

If you have academic contacts with a university near you and you think a partnership may be possible, please send their contact address and position title, and let them know that you have recommended them to us for a partnership.

Tallinn University

Tallinn University is the largest university of humanities in Tallinn and the third biggest public university in Estonia. Their goals is to become the promoter of intelligent lifestyle in Estonia, improving society and the wellbeing of its citizens through research based decisions. Their teacher education programme combines the principles of ecosystems and social design and the interrelationships between them on a global, community and personal level.

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University of Strathclyde

The University of Strathclyde, based in Glasgow, Scotland, is a multi-award winning technological university, with a reputation for teaching and research excellence and its strong links to industry and business.

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Open University of Catalunya

The University of Catalonia (UOC) is based in Spain and is one of the world’s first online universities. The UOC’s core goal is to be at the forefront of research into the global knowledge society and advance people and society through lifelong learning.

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Goddard College

Goddard College specialises in low-residency degree programmes – a format designed for adults of all ages wishing to complete their undergraduate or graduate studies. The university’s mission is education for ‘real living’, incorporating the facing of real life problems as an essential part of the educational programme.

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University of Gothenburg

The University of Gothenburg contributes to a better future by meeting societal challenges with diverse knowledge. They are environmentally certified and works actively for sustainable development offering Masters level courses and didactic resources on Sustainable Management of Cultural Landscapes, Regional Development and Cultural Heritage.

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University for International Cooperation

Eduard Muller, University for International Cooperation (UCI) President, is spearheading the establishment of the Global Hub for Regenerative Development as a reference center for promoting regenerative trends through site-based research, capacity development and multi-layered technical assistance. This hub will bring together Capital Institute, Savory, Soils 4 Climate, UCI, Gaia Education and others as a meta-network to accelerate regeneration thinking and action in a concerted way.

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Ubiquity University

Ubiquity is different. We are built for people who understand that the current global paradigm is unsustainable. We believe that meeting systemic threats such as climate change depends on the creation of empowered individuals who are passionate about collaborative, local action. We also know we have much to relearn from the world’s wisdom traditions to not only transform ourselves and our understanding of the human condition but to create a global cadre of caretakers that honor the Earth and all of its species.

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Publishing Partners

UNESCO: Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD)

UNESCO was the lead agency of the Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD) which ran from 2005 to 2014. The Decade was a UN response to the severe global situation of poverty, violence, inequity, and the exhaustion of natural resources, with the aim of integrating the values and principles of sustainable development in to all aspects of education and learning in order to create behavioural change.

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Gaia Education’s publishing partner in Spain helped translate the 4-Keys books into Spanish and distributes them globally to the Spanish speaking public.

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Permanent Publications

Established in 1990, Permanent Publications publish inspiring, practical permaculture books that encourages people to live more healthy, self-reliant and ecologically sound ways of life. They are also publishers of Permaculture Magazine – a pioneering magazine that feature thought-provoking articles on topics such as renewable technology and sustainable agriculture.

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Associated Partners

Ecosystem Restoration Camps

Ecosystem Restoration Camps Foundation is a Dutch non-profit foundation with hundreds of members from over 30 countries around the world and is continuing to grow. In 2017 ERC established Camp Altiplano, the first Ecosystem Restoration Camp in Spain, and now have a camp on every continent. Their aim is to open 100 camps by 2030.

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Transition Network

The Transition Network is a movement across over 50 countries for communities who want to step up to address big challenges through local solutions. Through crowd-sourcing solutions they are able to reclaim the economy, spark entrepreneurship, reimagine work, reskill themselves and weave webs of connection and support.

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The Global Ecovillage Network (GEN) is a community of people across the world who want to see a regenerative world. NextGen is the youth arm of GEN, serving as a global network for youth who want to take action for regeneration.

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Local Futures

Local Futures helps groups at the community and international level to elevate their local economy by moving away from economic globalisation.

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The International Institute for Facilitation and Change

IIFAC uses tools and techniques to set up meetings and participatory processes that facilitate community governance and decision-making.

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Rapid Transition Alliance

The Rapid Transition Alliance gathers, shares and demonstrates evidence-based hope of what is already possible to match the scale and speed of the changes we need. The climate is changing faster than we are. We need to move quicker to prevent climate breakdown.

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