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Visioning a Capacity Revolution – Futures Literacy Workshop Workbook

How do we know what we do not know: The aims of this workshop are ambitious: to change the way you think, and in so doing, change your capacity to learn and act. We have called it “visioning a capacity revolution” (VCR) because we want to test a dual hypothesis:

  • First, on the side of what-might-be, we see the emergence of new, potentially
    powerful capabilities for learning and acting;
  • Second, on the side of what-has-been, we find evidence that existing capacities
    to learn and act are inadequate, even dysfunctional to the point of being dangerous.

Confirmation of these two hypotheses would begin to provide substance to the claim of discontinuity between the past, dominated by hugely successful but now entrenched educational and administrative capabilities, and the present, rife with tantalizing emergent capacities and new ways of getting things done.

But does this imply a “revolution”? Perhaps, if through the VCR process we can identify how the specific attributes of emergent systems for building and using capacity are distinctive in ways that entail discontinuity with old or existing systems. This is a stringent requirement, one that can only be fulfilled if we can begin to imagine changes in the conditions of change, including changes in the way that we perceive change. In other words, perceiving discontinuity depends, at least in part on being able to imagine new rules and new ways of being should transformations occur. By transformations, we mean processes whereby distinctively “new” systems come to replace or dominate old ones.

The VCR workshop uses the future to help us detect, delineate and create changes in the way we learn and act in the present.

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Reflections: African Climate Research and Education Network (ACRE)

01 July 2010

The Forum on Education, Capacity Building and Climate Change: A Strategy for Collective Action in Africa concluded with the development of the African Climate Research and Education Network (ACRE) as depicted in Dr. Hassan Virji’s final presentation at the forum.

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Forum Poster

Each participant received a Forum Poster on the final day of the event. The poster is available to view or print below.

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Opening Ceremony

27 June 2010

Download “Opening Ceremony Speech” – Dr. Jean-Pierre Ezin (French) (Right-Click Link)
Additional Forum Video

Download “Opening Ceremony Speech” English Translation

Closing Remarks

01 July 2010

Download “Closing Remarks” – Dr. Jean-Pierre Ezin (Right-Click Link)
Additional Forum Video

Looking Ahead

01 July 2010

Download “Looking Ahead” – Hassan Virji (Right Click Link)
Additional Forum Video

A Time For Reflection

Ms. Mzime Regina Ndebele-Murisa, a 2009/2010 ACCFP Doctoral Research Fellow hosted at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), reflects on the African Climate Change Fellowship Program during the final day of the Forum.

“African Climate Change Fellowship Program” – Mzime Regina Ndebele-Murisa from Lauren Gibbons on Vimeo.

Presentation Videos

Video from the Forum is available on Vimeo. Current Videos include:

“Climate Change and Education: Needs, Opportunities and Challenges” – Prof. Daniel Visser.

“Re-envisioning the University under a Changing Climate: Education for Adaptation” – Emma Archer & Katherine Vincent.

“Science, education and the role of universities in promoting adaptation in Africa” – Daniel Nyanganyura.

“Education Beyond the University: Engaging Civil Society” – Arame Tall.

“The ACCFP: Supporting Education for Adaptation in Africa” – Clark Seipt.

Videos will continue to be posted on this website as they are available.

Looking Ahead: Outcome Areas & Participant Responses

The Carousel Groups on 30 June 2010 discussed potential Objectives and Approaches to achieve the 6 Outcome Areas identified as priority issues, including:

  • Curriculum Development
  • Staff Development
  • Partnerships & Participation
  • Bridging Science & Society
  • Education beyond the University
  • Innovation in Climate Education

A document was developed to reflect these discussions. Participants are required to review the document and provide their feedback. Please send completed responses to Lora Stoyanova, lstoyanova@start.org by Friday, 9 July 2010. Participants will receive an email with the Outcome Areas Document on Tuesday, 6 July.

For questions regarding the document, please contact Clark Seipt, cseipt@start.org.

Outcome Areas Document in English

Le document sur les domaines d’intervention en français

Thursday Agenda Updated

The Agenda has been updated for Thursday, 1 July 2010.

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Session IV: Enhancing University Education for Climate Change Adaptation – Responding to Key Issues Identified in Day 1

Session exercises are facilitated by Mr. Riel Miller, author of “Future Literacy”.

“Visioning a Capacity Revolution (VCR) Workshop: Education, Capacity Building and Climate Change: A Strategy for Collective Action in Africa”

2009/2010 ACCFP Fellows contribute to the Participatory Exercises

The 6 Working Groups considered life in 2030

Participatory Exercises were facilitated by the presentation by Mr. Riel Miller

Additional Media on Session IV to come.

Wednesday Agenda Updated

The Agenda has been updated for Wednesday, 30 June 2010.

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Session II: The Role of Universities in Supporting Adaptation to Climate Change

28 June 2010
Chair: Shem Wandinga, University of Nairobi, Kenya

Dr. Emma Archer, CSIR, Natural Resources and the Environment &
Dr. Katherine Vincent, University of Witwatersrand
“Re-envisioning the University under a Changing Climate: Education for Adaptation”

Ms. Arame Tall, 2009/2010 ACCFP Policy Fellow, Red Cross/Red Crescent Climate Centre & Johns Hopkins University/SAIS
“The Red Cross Work in a Predictably Changing Climate: Taking Science Beyond the University” (MOVIE)

“Education Beyond the University: Engaging Civil Society”

Dr. Daniel Nyanganyura, ICSU Regional Office for Africa
“Science, Education and the Role of Universities in Promoting Adaptation in Africa”

Ms. Clark Seipt, International START Secretariat
“The ACCFP: Supporting Education for Adaptation in Africa”
ACCFP Workshop to Assess Needs and Opportunities Report

Session I: A Call for Collective Action on Education and Climate Change in Africa

28 June 2010
Chair: Prof. Pius Yanda, Institute of Resource Assessment (IRA), University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM)

Opening Address to the Plenary
Prof. Daniel Visser, Deputy Vice Chancellor, University of Cape Town
“Climate Change and Education: Needs, Opportunities and Challenges”

Opening Reception Photos

Photos taken during the Opening Reception on Sunday, 27 June 2010. If you have additional photos of the Forum that you would like to share, please email Lauren Gibbons, lgibbons@start.org.

Photos courtesy of Paul Desanker.

Updated DRAFT Agenda & List of Participants Available

Please note the start time for the initial registration has been changed to begin at 14:30 (previously 09:00) on Sunday, 27 June 2010 in the White Sands Hotel Lobby. The registration period will be directly followed by an Opening Ceremony to begin at 15:00. Participants will have an additional opportunity to register the following morning at 08:00 before the Session I of the Forum.

Session I of the Forum will begin at 09:00 on Monday, 28 June 2010 in the Gilman Conference Room, which is located on the 2nd floor of the White Sands Hotel Lobby.

Revised on 26 June 2010.

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DRAFT Agenda Available

The DRAFT agenda for the upcoming forum on Education, Capacity Building and Climate Change: A Strategy for Collective Action in Africa was distributed to participants on 07 June 2010.

Participants are encouraged to review the agenda to prepare for the forum in Dar Es Salaam. The overarching theme of the forum is an investigation of the role of universities in promoting and supporting climate change adaptation in Africa. Sessions are aligned along two main tracks of discussion: 1) Re-envisioning the university under a changing climate and 2) Education beyond the university. The tracks (re)unite at the end of the forum in collaborative recommendation of priorities and actions in the near and longer term.

Full days of interactive exercises and discussion are anticipated.

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Forum Website Launched.

The http://start.org/forum2010 Website was launched on Friday, April 16, 2010 in Beta Form. Please continue to check back for more more information on Updates and Logistics for the Forum.

First Announcement

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