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Webinar: Using a Solutions Lens to Engage Students on the UN Global Goals
May 12, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDTFree
Today more than ever, students need to learn not only how society is working to solve its most challenging problems, but also how to think critically and creatively about solutions. Yet it can be difficult for educators to find relevant and timely teaching materials that go beyond theory and show students what’s happening in the real world. The Solutions Journalism Network’s “teaching collections” fill that gap. In this webinar, educators will learn how to access and use these curated collections — each one with five plus stories, discussion questions and teaching notes — and on the timely and urgent topics of the UN Global Goals and Project Drawdown’s Climate Solutions. The webinar will also provide an illustrative example of how a SolutionsU teaching collection was applied at Babson College in an advanced seminar focused on Sustainable Development Goal #6: Clean Water & Sanitation. SJN is updating each collection to include relevant COVID-19 stories as they become available.
Solutions journalism stories investigate a response to a problem in meaningful detail; focus on its effectiveness, not just good intentions; present available evidence of results; discuss the limitations of the approach; and seek to provide insights that others can use. Together, these attributes make these stories rich resources for the college classroom. Educators will also learn how to create assignments using stories from the Solutions Story Tracker, a database of 8,000 plus solutions stories from around the world, all curated, vetted and tagged by SJN staff and searchable by issue area, social change strategy, geographic location and more.
This webinar is part of a series of webinars on sustainability in the curriculum put on by SCC and AASHE.
Katherine Noble-Goodman, University Partnerships Manager, Solutions Journalism Network
Katherine Noble-Goodman is a writer, educator and social entrepreneur. She earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees in political science, history and business at UC Berkeley, Duke University and the University of Redlands respectively. She has reported on philanthropy, education, religion, and the environment; taught environmental studies and green business courses at the University of Redlands; and consulted on clean cook stove projects. She helped organize the first AASHE conference at University of Portland, way back when it was known as EFS-West. As university partnerships manager at the Solutions Journalism Network, Katherine works with faculty and administrators to create teaching resources using stories about how people around the world are responding to tough social challenges.
Lucy McAllister, Visiting Assistant Professor and Lewis Institute Fellow, Babson College
Lucy McAllister holds a Ph.D. and a M.Sc. in Environmental Studies from the University of Colorado Boulder, and a B.A. in Environmental Studies and German Studies from Connecticut College. Dr. McAllister’s research focuses on the relationship between corporations and the natural environment. She has examined topics such as the human and environmental harms of the electronics commodity chain, the social and environmental messaging of lead multinational corporations, and the impacts of technological solutions to climate change on women and children in informal and emerging markets. Her research has been published in the Harvard Health and Human Rights Journal, The Lancet, Sociology of Development, and the Population Reference Bureau, and she has taught introductory and advanced courses on Climate Change, Environmental Justice, Food Systems, and Business and the Natural Environment.