Transdisciplinary and Transformative Practices in Social Change:
Curate your approach to meet the complexity of global issues
COURSE ID: IWB501
COURSE FEE: USD 260.00
The course is designed in four one-week long modules.
Readings: On Monday, readings will be given out as well as an overview for the week for you to begin thinking about.
Concall, live or recorded: Tuesday, we will hold a concall, that will be recorded in case you can’t make it in real-time. That concall serves as a way to introduce the course material with a short lecture and presentation, with the last half of the call for questions and answers and dialogue among course-participants.
Assignment and Discussion: The remainder of the week will include one assignment, usually with both a contemplative inquiry as well as an action component to apply learning, and then with online discussion with questions pertinent to the week’s topic. The discussion is asynchronous, so you can jump in and participate whenever works for you.
Mentoring: You can set up an hour one-on-one call with one of our faculty, depending who would be most appropriate for your needs. This gives you a chance to move the needle on an aspect of your projects or even on aspects of your own skills as a practitioner. Mentors are invaluable to advance and amplify your own expertise, and / or to show you parts of you that even the best self-reflection cannot see.
Final project: Sometimes we humans need some scaffolding to pull the pieces of an idea together into a fully formed project. That is, even the most creative river still needs banks! The course provides those banks, and this is a chance to advance an idea from the preliminary cascade of creativity into a crystallized form. Produce this in whatever way you wish (we can help you select the format!), such as a essay, a proposal, a workshop curriculum, and so forth. We will read it and offer feedback to help you hone this work as best you can.
The course runs from October 16th to November 12th.
ABOUT THIS COURSE
In this introductory pilot course, participants will learn the fundamentals of a transdisciplinary approach to social change and international development. Drawing extensively on Ken Wilber’s integral theory, we will explore how integral theory can be used as mechanism of sustainable change. Participants will also learn how to apply these principles to a wide variety of situations in both your personal and professional lives. In this way, this course will help you better position yourself in an increasingly complex world with multiple global narratives, and will help you better analyze, strategize and engage ‘wicked’ problems--problems that continue to evade single-discipline, single-sector approaches. Participants are encouraged to bring their projects and use this course as an innovation lab for peer support and cultivation of group insights.
At the end of this course, participants will be able to:
WHO IS THIS COURSE FOR
Esbjörn-Hargens, S. 2009. An overview of integral theory: An all-inclusive framework for the 21st century (Resource Paper No. 1). Boulder, CO: Integral Institute
Hochachka, G. 2008. “Case Studies in Integral Approaches in International Development: An Integral Research Project” Journal of Integral Theory and Practice, 3(2), pp. 58-108
O’Brien, K. and G. Hochachka. 2010. “Integral Adaptation To Climate Change” Journal of Integral Theory and Practice, 5(1), pp. 89–102
Wilber, K. (1996). A brief history of everything. Boston: Shambhala.
Hochachka, G. (2009) Developing Sustainability, Developing the Self. An Integral Approach to International and Community Development. Victoria: Trafford.
Required Readings and Experiential Exercises (action-inquiry) 50%
Forum Discussions/Integration 30%
Final Project and Mentoring 15%
Conference Calls 5%