Course dates:
Monday, 25 April, 2016 to Friday, 6 May, 2016
With: John Thackara, Pamela Mang, Joel Glanzberg, Isabel Carlisle and Simon Bradbury

Fee: £1395 for two weeks fully residential
(nb. The first week of this course can be taken alone for £795 although places will be given preferentially to those joining for the full two weeks)

All over the world a movement of millions of communities working towards economic and ecological well-being is gaining momentum. Grounded in place, citizens and experts working together are motivated by the realisation that the instruments needed for a shift to low-carbon, resilient living are in their hands. They can be the co-designers of their future. At the same time an old story that is now re-emerging, that of the bioregion, reminds us that all life exists and evolves within bounded natural systems and our challenge is now to work at that systems level.

This two-week course will explore the bioregion in theory and practice, and bioregionalism—the growing global movement that advocates the bioregion as a framework for broader social, economic and ecological transformation. We will offer design instruments and principles that enable you to work at this regional level, connecting up many disparate projects and actors into a new narrative and strategy for action. The tutors are long-term leading players in the field of systemic and regenerative place-sourced design internationally. They will share their “how to” knowledge as well as examples of where bioregionalism is already in action. All participants are invited to bring with them a project they are working on in which “local” is shifting to “regional”. You will experience the design instruments at work as we apply them in the South Devon bioregion and reflect on their impact and the learning for your own work.

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