Welcome to my Learning Intentions Pathway Design (referred to as LIPD). I am a pre-capstone, MSc Open Topic associate with Gaia University and this output packet is designed to inform readers of the design process I have undertaken in setting my learning intentions.
As a Gaia U BSc Graduate, I did not need to complete a second Life and Career Review, (see my first here) therefore I have been given more space and flexibility in terms of word counts in the creation of this output.
The purpose of this output has been to:
- To support me to identify, clarify and prioritise all of my 'learning edges' that I wish to expand during my time with Gaia U and help order these into an achievable output pattern
- To use this output as a tool to consciously and explicitly document by learning intentions design process
- To most widely disseminate the design processes and learning I have gained through this process to the Gaia U community and beyond
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Survey: This section introduces my core surveying activities that informed my LIPD design including looking at my current projects and commitments, areas of interest and my desired and needed skills as an ecosocial design practitioner.
Analysis: This section describes the analysis process undertaken to refine and focus my intentions, looking at prioritisation tools and processes as well as my unique decision making criteria.
Pathway Design: This section describes the learning contract I have designed to facilitate optimising the Gaia University system, as well as the core action learning cycles I would like to anchor in my life. It also includes my output packet plans and SMART goals.
Implementation: This section looks at the process of designing a system to support my own learning, for example my information management and progress tracking needs, as well as my intentional timeline design for my pre-capstone year.
Supporting Evidence: Includes the reflections on my output creation process, commentry on the main things I have learnt and unlearnt, as well as a review of the resources that have aided this output creation. (Please note for resources I intend to use for output work, this are listed on the individual output plans on the google documents). Also included are unedited extracts from my learning journal to give an insight into certain thought processes and ideas that have surfaced during this creation of this output.
When I was a child, I used to dream of flying farm animals. For nearly two years they were all that filled my mind. My Mum even bought a cow statue in response to these morning murmerings of dreams of chickens, pigs, and cows with wings. As I grew up, my infatutation and curiousity about the natural world and the animal kingdom never faded. Its direction however moved from one of observation to action as I learnt of the horrors inflicted on my nonhuman brothers & sisters in laboratories, slaughterhouses, farms and more.
After 11 years of organising as a young adult, at 21 I started a prison sentence for a charge related to an animal testing campaign. In these prison walls & gardens is where I would learn about permaculture and connect the dots between industrial agriculture, oppression and land use, while finally learning about solutions and gaining a vision of what world I was ‘working for’ rather than fighting against. Coupled with intensive growing experience & the opportunity for masses of self-directed learning, my life was changed forever.
On release I found Gaia U who recognised this prior learning, I moved in with my family who had found our land, Brook End, a magical 4 acres in Somerset; the county of my bones and childhood, and I found the social movements resisting the corporate control of our food chains and working for alternatives.
It is now with this Masters that I have the opportunity to weave together my lifelong learning around industrial agriculture, resistance movements and community organising with my new-found passions of permaculture, ecological design and agroecology.
“Revolutionary ecology recognises that all forms of life are equal & practices of domination (which run gamut from homophobia to racism, to speciesism etc) are part of a control pattern that leads to the exploitation of all forms, which includes our living, breathing planet: Gaia. An injury to one is an injury to all”
– Orin Langelle
Summary of Key Un/Learnings
- The beauty and necessity of integration - I have been itching for a specialism/open topic title decision, yet keep returning again and again to Integrative Ecosocial Design, as the most holistic pathway.
- Small & slow solutions in terms of taking time 'little and often' through an extended pause period.
- Value pauses.
- 'Hang' in the design process as long as you can, in terms of surveying and analysing before jumping too fast to decision making.
- Optimise the use of analysis tools when faced with overwhelming amounts of information or options.
- Embrace the feedback process - both from advising session but also from yourself, listen to internal feedback about what excites you in your work. Design a pathway to your passion, no less will do.