For the Love of Learning Episode 38
For the Love of Learning Episode 38
Sustainable Living and Learning
Monday November 2, 2015 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm EST
Tuesday November 3, 2015 1:00 am – 3:00 am GMT
This is, For the Love of Learning, voices of the alternative education movement. I’m Lainie Liberti and this is episode number 38. In this episode we are going to explore Sustainable Living and Learning in a modern world. The word sustainability is thrown around an awful lot. But what does it mean and how does it apply to our daily lives?
In ecology, sustainability refers to the capacity to endure; how biological systems remain diverse and productive indefinitely. But we must ask ourselves, Is this even a possibility on today’s planet? Can ecological sustainability model for us, a platform to develop an endurance of learning systems and processes? Tonight we are going to look at the intersection between learning and sustainability and explore these ideas within the context of ecological, social and education systems.
Bios of Tonight’s Guests:
Eli Gerzon is a self-educated entrepreneur and social justice activist. He does social media consulting for social justice non-profits, businesses, and individuals. For two years he co-led the state divestment from fossil fuel campaign in Massachusetts, the hub of the movement. Eli spent 13 years growing Gerzon Gardening, an organic, ultra-low carbon landscaping business on his bicycle. He’s also worked on organic farms in Concord, MA, Norway, and South Korea. He has traveled or lived in over 20 countries. Inspired by those experiences, he created Worldschool Travel Tours for homeschooling/unschooling teens. He led tours to Mexico and Japan. He speaks around the US and writes in various publications on the subject of education, climate change, organizing, travel, and social media. He is also an active member of Jewish Voices for Peace advocating for an end to the occupation of Palestine.
David Casey has spent the past four years in Guatemala and other areas of Latin America catalyzing Project Nuevo Mundo. He has visited a wide spectrum of projects in the region, and consulted with project managers and founders about the most effective way to design a collaborative network to connect projects to each other and to human resources. David’s work includes engagement with local indigenous clothing production cooperatives in Guatemala, property development and ecovillage design, coordination of a WWOOF volunteer farmer program, and event production. He is also founder and co-producer of Cosmic Convergence Festival, an annual cultural gathering in Guatemala.
David received a BA in Political Economy of Industrial Societies with a concentration in Global Poverty & Practice from UC California – Berkeley in 2008. He has been invited to share his work at University of California – Berkeley, Universidad Nacional Autonomo de Mexico – Mexico City, Instituto Tecnologico de San Salvador (El Salvador), and Ecovillage Design courses in Central America.
Bringing projects to life that touch people and create meaning in their lives is a passion for George!
The last five years of his life and the life of his family have been especially dedicated to seeing this become a reality with the creation of a share economy project intended to meet the needs of people on our planet and their continuing journey of EnergeticXChange, a journey around the world dedicated to giving, learning and constantly growing from their experiences.
Sadly, it took George fifteen years of working in high-pressure jobs, and in businesses he co-created, often working over 80 hours a week, at cost to his health and family life, before he was able to realise with the help of his loving wife, that being authentic and following their dream, was always the key to their happiness! Things changed radically and for the better!
As one part of a unit of four people, it is critical that George’s working efforts are consistent with the core values of his family. This way, he can consistently match meaningful work with their core values of love, being together, sustainability, awareness, health, well-being, and their constant dedication to learning and development.
As always, you can find out more about your host, Lainie Liberti at her website RaisingMiro.com and the alternative education & world schooling project she runs with her teenage son at: ProjectWorldSchool.com. You can also connect with her on twitter @ilainie & facebook.
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