Course Element Summary

The following provides a list of all the elements of the Online Orientation, each with a brief content decription.

1. Creating Regenerative Livelihoods (1 Element/4 Weeks) 

Goal:  To explore the idea that each of us can generate our own livings through creating and developing regenerative enterprises. The means whereby we explore this topic include:

  • Stories and case studies from earlier explorers in the regenerative enterprise field - what lessons can we learn from these?
  • Models and frameworks that describe attitudes/beliefs and behaviors typical of people who do well at creating enterprises - how do we stack up compared to these?
  • Notions to do with developing our community of support especially considering the implications of working in the context of a world system that may or may not be helpful in our quest for congruent livelihoods
  • Active use of Lean project/enterprise thinking coupled with an understanding of how to build lasting competence and attention through a project/enterprise progression
  • Extending our concept of investment (and later, generating value) beyond cash alone to include The 8 Forms of Capital
  • Developing our literacy around enterprise language including an early look at understanding ’The Books’
  • Outlining an individual and collective design for a realistic pathway towards making a regenerative living

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2. Managing Time, Managing Promises (1 Element/2 Weeks) 

Goal:  To develop the notion of managed, flexible promises, an approach to commitment that flows with life's changes, builds trust in relationships and paves the way for livelihood streams requiring transparent accountability. This element will enable you to:

  • Flex your program and projects for best fit your life and goals by managing your promises regarding timing of Output Packets and the design of projects during the upcoming autonomous projects phase
  • Develop a fluent managing action practice that will enhance your opportunities for ecosocial livelihood
  • Show up in networks with increasing integrity as a co-creative person who not only thinks well but is also adept at stress-free management of their commitments


3. Learning & Unlearning (1 Element/2 Weeks) 

Goal: To introduce you to a collection of practical theories about action-oriented, self-directed learning. This knowledge will enable you to:

  • Assess your current skills through analysis of your story
  • Rebalance your experiential learning abilities through the design of appropriate experiences and projects 
  • Understand that there is nothing quite so practical as a good theory


4. Thinking About Worldviews (1 Element/2 Weeks) 

Goal:  To introduce and explore the powerful notion that our worldviews are constructed and thus can be changed in ourself and others. Learn to:

  • Analyze your own worldview ready to spot any dissonance or incongruous-ness
  • Consider the origin of your worldview; determine whether and how you need to shift it
  • Identify where your worldview agrees and disagrees with the worldview of others; agreement suggests better opportunity for collaboration
  • Bring the idea of worldviews and changing worldviews into the “big” conversations 


5. Growing Resilient Communities (1 Element/2 Weeks)


Goal: To bring to your attention a number of leading edge organizational design theories using the field of leadership as the entry point. This element will enable you to: -

  • Move beyond absolute prescriptions for group and organizational designs and learn to appreciate designs that are adapted to the people involved, the work to be done and the technologies on hand
  • Find and apply transformational processes to networks and organizations seeking to develop new capacities for working with collective intelligences
  • Engage with the idea of associationism, an idea that enables a multitude of small enterprises and organizations to collaborate for coherence without losing autonomy


6. Project and Design Thinking (1 Element/2 Weeks)


Goal: To advance competent confidence in project design as a great precursor and ideal preparation for livelihood design. To this end we:

  • Explore design frameworks and methods used in permaculture and other design fields including logical frameworks and successive approximation methods
  • Layout permaculture design principles
  • Introduce the lean project design format and provide practice opportunities to ensure you cover all the necessary aspects of a project design

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7. Tracking Your Learning Journey (1 Element/2 Weeks) 

Goal:  Laying the foundations for creation of your learning journey portfolio using light and reliable techniques that don't disrupt the flow of adventure.

  • Using digital documentation tools to record the raw data of your learning experiences.
  • Using predictive tracking to sense the close future and prepare to make the most of what's coming into view.
  • Setting the scene for detailed reflection and analysis.


8 & 9. Life and Career Review Module (LCR plus OP1a - 2 Elements/4 Weeks)

Goal:  To use your stories, backed up with evidence, to harvest and celebrate your history of learning and unlearning to date

This 2-element module requires you to produce an Output Packet (OP 1a). Formally, the Output Packet is your evidence of Prior Experiential Learning. We invite you to use an autoethnographic approach, to which we introduce you in the readings for the element. Your progress through this module will be greatly aided by reference to the forum posts you have made in earlier elements.

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10 & 11. Learning Intentions and Pathway Design (LIPD plus OP1b - 2 Elements/4 Weeks)

Goal:  To bring a sense of deep purpose and focused planning to your coming year, be it personally or for your Gaia U program. 

You will use this 2-element module to generate an Output Packet (OP 1b) in which you:

  • Develop flexible designs for your intended projects for now, soon and later
  • Identify mentors who will provide project support beyond that offered by Gaia U
  • Show how your projects will help develop your skill flexes including those to do with generating a livelihood

You return repeatedly to your LIPD for inspiration and reflection.

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