Output 3: Energy & Economics


MSc Political Agroecology

Nicole Vosper

November 2013 - April 2014

MSc Output 3

MSc Output 3

Project & Peer

Project & Peer









Next Steps

Next Steps

Supporting Material

Supporting Material

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“Not whether we accomplish anarchism today, tomorrow, or within ten centuries, but that we walk towards anarchism today, tomorrow and always”

- Errico Malatesta


This output is dedicated to my beautiful Nan, Audrey Darnell, who passed away on the 5th April 2014.

She was a teacher, engaged in a lot of local community work and had a love of wildflowers that I inherited. One of my first memories is shelling peas with her. She was thrilled I was studying with Gaia University and my only wish is that she saw me graduate. She will be deeply missed.



Included in wordcount:

  • Front page - 709 not including OP design mindmap
  • Project & Peer - 441
  • Political - 1299
  • Professional - 273 (not including mindmaps)
  • Personal - 88
  • Pathway: Conclusion 21, Output process reflection 327

Total = 3137

Not included in wordcount:

  • Pathway reflection 495
  • Learning Journal Excerpts
  • Evidence of Outcomes
  • Evidence of Participation
  • Digiphon
  • Mindmaps unless otherwise stated


Welcome to my third output packet. I am a pre-capstone, MSc Open Topic associate with Gaia University, with a strategic focus on political agroecology.

The aim of this output was to gain a better understanding of alternative and anarchist economics, and how our economic system affects the uptake of agroecological practices, with personal focuses on personal finances and livelihood designs. There are also threads exploring colonialism and racism, self care and radical community organising.


The output is a based on period of time, integrating all of my work during this period between November 2013 and April 2014.




This output packet is a container for my learning in these areas and the following pages include:

  • Project & Peer -  An overview of my main projects and personal patterns of action learning and community organising.
  • Political - A closer view of the thematic areas of focus in this output packet - economics, energy, racism and colonialism.
  • Professional - My livelihood design as well as notes on my skill flex development and other gains. 
  • Personal - My self care design and personal finances design.
  • Pathway - How this output integrates into my longer term learning pathway, conclusions from my work so far and an output process reflection about what I learnt in creating this output packet and things I would do differently.
  • Next Steps - For each of my areas of work.
  • Supporting materials - A broad container of links to resources used and further evidence, including course and workshop designs, learning journal entries and more. 

How this Output was Designed

This output was originally designed in this format here as part of my Learning Intentions Pathway Design. However, following an Advising Session with Jennifer English, I re-designed the output to make it more realistic and achievable. Below is the design I developed following my self re-negotiation process:

As part of the design process, I created a form to track my learning and patterns (see below).

This gave me some incredibly valuable data about my life and allowed me to capture my observations easily and effectively. The observations I tracked have informed every aspect of my personal design work, especially around my livelihood and self care.

Some key points included (following 66 days of tracking):

  • Only one third of my time was spent sleeping at home, a third at my partners & a third elsewhere and I spent on average 2.77 hours per day travelling (I had no idea how transient my life was).
  • The average amount of sleep I had was 7.3 hours, with a third being less than 6 hours.
  • I spent on average 1.43 hours per day on email
  • I was happy about 2/3 of my life but was stressed nearly 1/3 of my life and tired for at least half of the time.
  • Some nice observations however were that for more than 2/3 of my time, I spent some quality time with lovers, friends and family and half my time enjoyed sexual intimacy.

OP3 Tracker Form


Nicole Vosper
01 May 2014, 17:59

My completed self review.

Nicole Vosper
12 May 2014, 16:13

My completed peer review.

Charles Thibodeau
14 May 2014, 9:20

Hi Nicole!  Here's my peer review of your OP.  Terrific job!

Jennifer English Morgan
16 April 2015, 21:09

Pro Review