CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS

Online Life and Career Review (3 elements of 2 weeks each = 6 weeks)
During this 6 week period you will be gathering up materials that illustrate your experiential and other learning to date and looking for the patterns and meaning in your rich life so far. We introduce the tools of autoethnography to assist you in telling your story in a way that is structured for insight, descriptive of contextual influences and which shows how your story is a significant part of the making of his/herstory. You will document your story using a Journal format that allows comments and responses from other people thus allowing you to, if you choose, have other signficant people in your life also add their reflections.
 
Online Learning Intentions and Pathway Design (3 elements of 2 weeks each = 6 weeks)
Following the deep look at your past learning and unlearning described above we guide you through a process of developing a learning contract. However, lest you think that this may obligate you to a certain and pre-determined pathway, please note that the Gaia University approach is to be zestfully alert to the emerging fields of learning and unlearning that arise as you enagage with life and projects. Thus you weave your intentional pathway in an ever flexible spiral.
 
Online Transformative Action Learning Certificate (TALC)
New for 2012 the TALC is designed to provide a broad outline of the core threads that are required to weave a flexible fabric of a purposeful, ecosocially oriented life-long learning pathwa that are generally not available elsewhere. The material is drawn from the many members of the Gaia University community, has been thoroughly tested in live situations and now makes its debut online. The TALC is an access course, required for all other Diploma and Degree programs with Gaia U.
The elements of the TALC are: -

  • Diplomas - (required elements 1,2 & 3 @ 2 weeks  = 6 weeks)
  • Degrees - (required elements 1 thru 6 @ 2 weeks each = 12 weeks)

1. Design Thinking
Design Thinking has, in recent years, come into to increasing prominence thanks to early efforts by Buckminster Fuller, Christopher Alexander, Victor Papanek, Bill Mollison and, most recently, a leading design consultancy named IDEO. Each of these sources emphasises the potential for humans to become the architects of the future rather than it's victims. Learning how to apply Design Thinking to ecosocial systems (systems that lie on the fuzzy boundary between humans and all other life) is one of the most potent and empowering Tools for Transformation available today.
 
2. Learning and Unlearning - core Tools for Transformation of person and place
Here we take a look at some models and theories that attempt to describe how people learn by doing and, most importantly for Gaia University and the planet, how people unlearn and therefore become capable of stopping doing unconscious damage to self, others and planet. Most of us are fascinated by knowing more about our own psychological make-up and the insights arising through playing with this Element are likely to be deeply satisfying and, surprisingly, very practical - as Kurt Lewin, one of the fathers of action research and social psychology once quipped, "There is nothing quite so practical as a good theory!".
 
3. Managing time, managing promises
Many people who live a purposeful life say the same thing - 'not enough time, too much to do!'. We look at the 'Getting Things Done' system for better productivity, effectiveness and peace of mind. Then we zoom out and take a broad look at acting with integrity in multiple projects at the same time using an innovative process called Managing Action Promises (MAP).
Next comes Life Balance and Lightening the Load as methods for avoiding tunnel vision and over-commitment. The world needs us well-rested, well-nourished and well-exercised! Let's banish burn-out! 
 
4. Thinking about Worldviews
World views are at once both elusive (hard to spot) and critical. How we think about the world and our societies has a potent effect on what we think is possible and how empowered we feel to take initiatives to change things. We look at some existing schemes  and then challenge ourselves to name our own. This will allow us to reflect on whether or not our world view is holding us back from constructive action, is interfering with our ability to reconfigure society to work for planet and people and is (oh no!) directly contributing to the problems in the first place. From this fresh look at ourselves we can make decisions to change the way we think about the world.
 
5. Growing Leaderful Communities
Taking leadership and working effectively in inclusive groups are on the priority list of challenges for all world changers right now. In this Element we look at a leaderful culture model that includes giving practical support for people stepping-up to provide direction and meanwhile has an open, capacity building structure that encourages all participants to fill some part of the critical leadership gap.
We also use the Designing Productive Meetings and Events manual published by Gaia University, along with other materials, to rapidly improve the quality and joyfulness of our working meetings.
 
6. Appraising the Current Culture, Making Space for the Future
Holding dynamic tension between our realistic appraisal of the current culture and our vision for the future is a powerful way to have next steps for action emerge from the (chaotic) field. And, consistent with the attention to unlearning as well as learning, we look at what ways of thinking about ourselves and other people we might eliminate so as to get out of the way of transformations of self and society. Joanna Macy spoke to this two-headed process when she encouraged us to "hospice the old and midwife the new".