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Webinar: Design Thinking for Sustainable Development Education: Practical Toolkit

February 7 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST

The Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design’s Sustainable Development Hub and the School of Education at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem have collaborated to create a Practical Toolkit for Sustainable Development Education. The toolkit is designed to help educators create impactful sustainability modules, such as new courses, in-class projects, and academic programs.

Developed in 2022 through workshops in teacher education departments and faculty change programs, the toolkit combines Design Thinking methods and Education for Sustainable Development principles to provide lecturers with pedagogical guidance, knowledge, and structured visual tools for developing sustainability initiatives. The primary audience is lecturers, but academic leaders can also adapt the toolkit to their needs.

Participants in the webinar will learn to use design-based tools, such as system mapping, to identify the best intervention point, ideation methods, iterative prototyping, and system-thinking for creating value propositions for multiple stakeholders. All the toolkit’s online visual templates will be available through an easy-to-use online platform.

The toolkit makes it easy for educators to develop impactful sustainability modules, creatively enhance their sustainability curriculum, and create real change in their academic communities. With this toolkit, lecturers can play a crucial role in promoting sustainable development and contribute to building a better future for all.

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Elad Persov, Head, Sustainable Development Hub, Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design

Elad Persov is the Founder and Head of the Sustainable Development Hub and Design Management Faculty at Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design. His research focuses on sustainable design management, innovation, and system design. He has participated in grant writing and research projects related to sustainable design, including DESURBS (FP7 2010-2015), CPUDP (COST 2014-2016), and CLEVER (ERASMUS + 2015-2019). Dr. Persov received his Ph.D. from Porter School of the Environment and Earth Sciences, Tel Aviv University, in 2020. Elad is dedicated to promoting sustainability in design education and practice and continues to drive this mission in his academic activities.

Yifat Ben-David Kolikant, Professor, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Yifat Ben-David Kolikant is an associate professor at the Seymour Fox School of Education at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Dr. Ben-David Kolikant’s research focuses on examining the tripartite relationship of students, school learning, and technology in the information era. Mainly, her research revolves around two interrelated questions: (1) How does students’ knowledge of subjects outside of school impact their school learning? And, (2) what pedagogies are suited to the information age and the needs of students, and what role does technology play? Dr. Ben-David Kolikant holds a Ph.D. degree in science teaching from the Weizmann Institute of Science, received in 2002.