Tag Archives: State of the World

This is Where Illiterate Women Become Solar Technicians

Barefoot College is a not-for-profit, grassroots social enterprise that has been providing basic services and solutions to the challenges facing rural poor communities for more than forty years, with the objective of making them self-sufficient and sustainable, valuing and respecting the knowledge and wisdom that they already possess. The College was founded in 1972, and … Continue Reading ››

When Generations Come Together, Learning Goes Further

Vanessa Timmer explores how mixed-age learning fosters creative approaches to building a more sustainable world. This article is excerpted from EarthEd, the latest edition of State of the World which examines how,  education worldwide can help people better adapt to a rapidly changing planet.

Older people in the city of Volograd … Continue Reading ››

Perspective: Why Environmental Educators Shouldn’t Give Up Hope

Environmental educator and EarthEd contributing author Jacob Rodenburg shares what motivated him to write the “The Pathway to Stewardship” chapter in EarthEd: Rethinking Education on a Changing Planet. I’m trying hard not to get discouraged. Being an environmental educator in today’s world feels like you are asked to stop a rushing river armed only with a … Continue Reading ››

Schools in Portland, Oregon Drop “Doubt” from Climate Change Lessons

Bill Bigelow shares a look at how schools in Portland are rejecting traditional (and insufficient) ways to teach students about climate change. This article is excerpted from the latest edition of State of the World which examines how, by rethinking education, people worldwide can better adapt to a rapidly changing planet. According to a recent survey by … Continue Reading ››

A Thai School Without Walls Fosters Minds Without Barriers

Kei Franklin explores how one school in Thailand fosters "good citizens," going beyond simple environmental education. This article is excerpted from EarthEd, the latest edition of State of the World which examines how,  education worldwide can help people better adapt to a rapidly changing planet. The education needed to build a sustainable future need not be … Continue Reading ››

Careers in Resilience Offer Future-Ready Opportunities for Youth

The Post Carbon Institute's Asher Miller shares a look at how young people could be a driving force for community resilience. This article is excerpted from the latest edition of State of the World which examines how, by rethinking education, people worldwide can better adapt to a rapidly changing planet. In the dark days of May 1934, … Continue Reading ››

Creating a Future-ready Education System: The EarthEd Symposium

Thank you to our local and global audience for joining us for the launch of our latest State of the World report, EarthEd: Rethinking Education on a Changing Planet! We had people tuned in from over 54 countries and 36 states, including watch parties in Thailand,  Texas,  and the District of Columbia. Continue Reading ››

Five Ways to Build Inclusive Cities

This year, World Cities Day (October 31) focuses on “inclusive cities, shared development.” But with rapidly growing urbanization, how can cities ensure that all of their residents are thriving? Striking with indiscriminate intensity, Hurricane Matthew blew through the Caribbean and the eastern United States in late September. The Category 4 storm plowed the U.S. Gulf Coast … Continue Reading ››

What’s in a Name? “Superblocks” in Barcelona and China

The other day, I came across an announcement about the recent commitment in Barcelona, Spain, to “superblocks”—cohesive, people-friendly neighborhoods created from existing residential areas of the city. The expectation is that changes to a few city rules, along with modest financial investments, will be powerful enough to elevate the livability and appeal of these … Continue Reading ››

School Days in 2040: Beatriz’s Day at the Freire School of Activism

Education in 2040In this fifth story from the blog series School Days in 2040, Erik Assadourian explores an activist high school in São Paulo, Brazil. At this school students are activists first, students second. They’re learning by doing and, in the process, bringing about positive social change in … Continue Reading ››