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Rethinking Thinking about Sustainability Curriculum

June 7, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT


“You cannot solve a problem with the same level of thinking that created it.” Albert Einstein

If a snap of the fingers could reverse the environmental destruction of the past 400 years, we would start repeating our mistakes tomorrow, unless we have changed. The environmental crisis is a symptom of human thinking and we need to think differently to resolve it. This webinar will explain major findings of split brain science from “The Master and his Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World” (2009, Yale University Press), by psychiatrist and clinical psychologist Iain McGilchrist, which combines clinical research with its evidence in western history and philosophy. Dominant thinking has deluded society into its current predicament and created very real dangers. The second part of the webinar will discuss implementing these insights into higher education curriculum on sustainability with examples from the author’s experience. This session will be interesting to anyone concerned with curriculum that will effectively address environmental problems

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Christopher Haines

Christopher A. Haines AIA, Permadigms

Christopher is an NCARB certified Architect with over 20 years of US and international experience in sustainability, energy and the built environment. He weaves his professional focus on leading-edge sustainability in the built environment through the Living Building Challenge, and Passive House, with academic pursuits into the wider requirements for a socially and technically sustainable society. He has taught urban sustainability, environmental management and architectural technology at universities and have pursued studies in sustainability curriculum in higher education, urbanism and historic societal collapse, brain science and human thought, the social and ecological impacts of a growth economy, techno-philia and sustainability and agriculture and the biodiversity that could reverse climate change.



June 7, 2017
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
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