REGENERATING CULTURES AND SOCIETIES
Through Transcultural Education, Social Innovation and Regenerative Economics & Enterprise
“The notion of “social acupuncture” refers to the catalytic transformative effect that welltargeted, small-scale, creatively designed interventions can have even in large and complex systems. Metaphorically speaking, placing the needle of transformative change in the right place and on the right meridian of cultural meaning-making, can unblock pentup energy and catalyse transformative cultural and social change”.
Daniel Wahl – Designing Regenerative Cultures
The overarching aim of this project is to bring together a fraternity (Learning Community) of trans-cultural educators, social innovators, economic regenerators and integral thinkers from many countries working on regenerative research and educational projects. These projects share a desire to challenge the dominant educational systems as well as economic practices, that are often underpinned by individualistic, competition driven, economic considerations. Recurrently, regenerative projects as they emerge, often work in silos, producing amazing new ways of thinking and acting but not known beyond a small group of enthusiasts, which is why very rarely are these approaches transferred into new educational or research methodologies or succeed to provide an alternative to existing, all too often standardised, practices.
It is with this thought in mind, the proposed project aims to create a network of key players in these projects from around the world as part of our own idea of what we have termed a Communiversity (1), which is founded upon such, communal, as well as individual, learning.
The network will be established through organising workshops in respective countries by our research/ institutional and organisational partners, thereafter, building purposefully on such, coming together at a two-days conference in London in October 2020 (tentative). Our aim, thus, is to create a space for learning and dialogue as we intend to make this a long-term research-to-innovation network which will create interactions that will generate partnerships, research projects, teaching schemes and publications, thereby focusing primarily on new educational and research methodologies emerging from different parts of the world, thus challenging a singular hierarchical approach to acquiring knowledge, purposefully building on prior efforts to build up a so called Mode 2 approach to knowledge creation.
The plan includes a two-day summit in London by October 2020 (tentative), following the prior local workshops referred to above, starting with a workshop and then bi-monthly meetings of a core group, thereafter, calling for other members from wider community to form a steering committee that will help in building the local-global network of innovative models of social regeneration from the fields of education, finance & economics, health & medicine as well as communal learning & development. The consortium will aim at developing practical solutions and processes to influence a transformative effect locally-globally via inter-institutional & organisational alliances as well as policy making.
Subsequently, together, along with our global partner organisations and institutes, the group aims to:
a) Organise a first meeting of such social innovators, global ‘regenerative thinkers and practitioners’ in October 2020.
b) Will ultimately be seeking to set up a (research-and-innovation) centre for such future activities.
c) Such a centre albeit on the periphery of other institutions, will appeal to intercultural educators, social innovators, eco-poetic practitioners, economic & enterprise regenerators and researchers to engage in knowledge and value creation locally, here in the UK, and globally in Africa, MENA, Asia, Europe and America.
d) Serving to further co-evolve the Communiversities we have been establishing in Southern Africa, Nigeria, the MENA region, Pakistan and the UK.
e) Facilitate interactions through this research network that will generate partnerships, research projects, teaching schemes and publications, thereby focusing primarily on new research methodologies emerging from different parts of the world.
f) Global networks accessibility via an online knowledge portal
- Lessem, Ronnie, Adodo, Anselm and Bradley, Tony. The Idea of the Communiversity: Releasing the Natural, Cultural, Technological and Economic GENE-ius of Societies. Manchester : Beacon Books, 2019.