Mini-Symposium: Education Mojo. Between Self and the World

18 May 2019, Berlin

This mini-symposium is a participatory research and exchange of insights and practices between the invited contributors from different corners of Europe and the interested audience. Dedicated to the question of what sustainable education is and can be. What attitudes are guiding educational processes? What is sustainability in a broader sense, and how is it reflected in educational practices? What if education was a work of art? What if it was a garden? How can generation and transfer of knowledge be expanded to include the corporal, sensuous and affective dimensions? How can education serve to reconnect the fragmented world? How can values be truly embodied by teachers and students alike? What is the importance of such aspects as time and rhythms, indoor and outdoor space, physicality and perception, ‘Self’ and ‘the World’ (relationship between personal process of becoming and being part of a larger whole) within educational contexts? These are the question we dedicate this event to.

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Setting the Stage

In the context of current changes of norms and values of the globalised world, technical innovations, environmental challenges, and a variety of ethical dilemmas and paradoxes that humanity is facing in this historical period, we are interested in a fundamental question: What is sustainable education in the context of contemporary societies and which practices of education we need in order to co-create a healthy world in response to social modernization and global challenges?

Within the framework of this mini-symposium the concept and practices of education will be discussed with international representatives from various disciplines. We are interested in a holistic approach to the dominant cognitive concept of education, in supplementing it with aesthetic, emotional, physical, ethical, environmental and social dimensions. We are also interested in open honest engagement with these questions, not in a defence of any one particular methodology. The first part of the programme consists of project presentations accentuating their practical implications and will be delivered by artists, educators, and activists. In the second part there will be an opportunity to experiment, work in smaller groups, develop ideas, and try out different practices and media.

This mini symposium aims to create a space in which knowledge is not consumed, but questioned, and where new forms of knowledge and methods can be created collectively. One of its goals is to formulate specific ideas on a new orientation in education and to design innovative approaches for educational work. Another important goal is to network the actors of different directions and to initiate transdisciplinary educational formats outside of this event.

Preliminary Programme

Education Marathon | ca. 10h-13h

Opening Impulse: What is education in the 21st century and what makes an "educated" person?

Contributors are invited to share their experiences on a specific topic with the audience. The order of contributions and subject division may change. The following topics will be addressed:

  • Holistic Education for the 21st Century (invited contributors: Anna Hahn (Schumacher College, UK), Timur Zhabbarov (Conscious Choice, Russia))
    Sustainable living requires holistic concepts of education that encompass the cognitive, ethical, emotional, aesthetic and physical dimensions. What do holistic educational approaches look like in practice? Human relationships are at the center of most learning processes, how to build trust and respect across different educational contexts? What does holistic education have to do with the formation of an identity that is transcultural, the one that learns from different cultures and grows beyond?

  • Learning from Nature (invited contributor: Andy Middleton (The Million Minds Wales, TYF, UK)
    What is the necessary balance between indoors and outdoors? How do we re-connect with nature and include learning from nature and attention to nature into educational processes, beyond it just being a break from the screen time? How does re-wildening happen in a culture that has so much respect for the digital and so little for the wild?

  • Artistic Processes (invited contributors: Coline Irwin (Nurserine Paris, Bloom School, Les Trois Ourses, France), Geoff Lehman (Bard College Berlin, USA/Germany))
    How is out time consciousness changing? How to be attentive and respect natural rhythms and cycles that individuals experience? What role do somatic, artistic, and creative practices play in this? How did ancient Greeks see it and why did they teach Liberal Arts?

  • Places & Spaces (invited contributor: Juan Chacón (Zuloark, Spain/Germany)
    Holistic understanding of education is not only about the process of learning itself, it is also about the whole context, the environment in which one finds oneself. What are best spaces for learning? What effect do experiences of space have on education? What potential for educational processes does artistic appropriation of places and spaces offer?



Lunch | ca. 13h-14h



Creathon | ca. 14h-18h

Participants and contributors join in a co-creative process to develop project ideas in the context of the following topics:

BLOCK I Working Groups:
Holistic approach | Learning from nature | Physicality in the learning process | Other themes suggested by participants

BLOCK II Building Models:
Artistic processes as educational processes | Places & Spaces

Presentation of the results



Closing Reception | ca. 18h-19h

During the last hour of the event we look at the work we have done together: the “wall of insights” (it will be introduced during the event), the models and designs we’ve co-created, as well as the future steps and collaboration ideas.


Location

ESCP Europe
Berlin Campus
Heubnerweg 8-10
14059 Berlin


Entry

Pricing of this event is based on individual income. There are 3 kinds of tickets: standard, low income, and supporter.

Standard, 1 day: 40 Eur (including snacks and drinks)

Low Income, 1 day: 25 Eur (including snacks and drinks)
(Limited Availability, please email us)

Supporter, 1 day: 55 Eur (including snacks and drinks)

The number of tickets is limited, RSVP to reserve your place.

To get to know our work please visit our academy for different audiences and studio for children for more insights into our practices within the educational field. Check out our upcoming SENSES SERIES part of “School without Walls: Human.Nature” project.

In the organisation of Education Mojo we collaborate with initiative skolla and Koopkultur association.



 

Impressions from our previous events:



Here you will find some interviews from our series “Education Differently” with people and initiatives that are working to change mindsets on education.

Here you will find a story from which the idea of this event was born.


Luis Camnitzer,  Landscape as an Attitude , 1979. Courtesy Alexander Gray associates and the artist

Luis Camnitzer, Landscape as an Attitude, 1979. Courtesy Alexander Gray associates and the artist