Strive always to be as kind, gentle and caring as possible towards all forms of sentient life.
Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche
This website documents mine and others personal, professional and scholarly quest for environmental and social justice. My calling is education and it is within this mode of being that I have explored how we can learn to be a compassionate and creative species that cares deeply about the world we live in and the beings who live with us. It is an insecure journey which is why I have chosen to call this site ‘The insecurity of knowing’ a concept penned by Patti Lather. It has to be an insecure journey because we need to immerse ourselves in our fallible human lives to be the educators we want to be.
Over the last 10 years this quest has centred around the Changing Practice course, a non-traditional course for environmental activists where we explore together how to bring about change in our world. The course is based on the last 20 years of work around learning that has come out of the Environmental Learning Research Centre so it is not surprising that this quest also includes a Phd. This work has also been deepened through an institutional relationship with the Environmental Monitoring Group and Zingela Ulwazi. Over the last 7 years I have also begun to explore the relationship between learning and evaluation as a deeply meaningful learning process similar to the way that we learn together on the course.
You will find on this website my blog, documentation on all the Changing practice courses, documents that I can share from my career as an evaluator. It also includes links to the Change Project books that participants on the course have written. These books are precious items of dedication and bravery. There is also a more personal blog that includes other forms of expressions which I feel have influenced this exploration.
Photograph copyright Stella Horgan, Zingela Ulwazi