Awarding 5 hours of Professional Development (3 hours
Face-to-Face, 2 hours post-workshop)
This workshop will engage participants in
exploring the system conditions required for socio-ecological
sustainability to exist in any context, and the rudimentary elements
of how to plan strategic steps towards sustainable futures. The
workshop will introduce a tool that helps one define and understand
sustainable development as well as a strategic process to move
towards sustainability. We will use The Natural Step Framework for
Strategic Sustainable Development as our lens, learning along the
way how it was developed through an international scientific
consensus process. Whole systems and life cycle thinking, essential
human needs, rules of nature and root causes of unsustainability
will be introduced. In addition, the workshop will explore how the
tool can help one evaluate current curriculum through a rigorous,
simple sustainability lens. Participants will compare key components
of the system conditions for the sustainability of human activities
on Earth to key components of what they teach or do, identifying
discrepancies and exploring possible alignments.
As a result of this workshop participants will be able to:
Describe The Natural Step Framework and how it was developed.
Explain strategic sustainable development.
Compare current human practices with that of the systems conditions
necessary for sustainability.
Employ a 4-step ‘back-casting” process for planning sustainable
Evaluate curriculum through a rigorous sustainability lens.
Develop a lesson plan or course module exploring The Natural Step
Evaluation will include completion of workshop and
development of a discipline-specific course module or lesson plan
addressing systems conditions necessary for sustainability. The
lesson plan is due to the Earth Ethics Institute within three weeks
of the workshop and will be posted on the EEI website.
Step: Strategic Approaches to Sustainability power point
Natural Step Primer
Scott Perret served as the Director of Communications & Network
Relations for The Natural Step International, where he
was responsible for re-branding, internal
and external communications and organizational culture. He also
worked to operationalize leverage
points for the broader dissemination in society of a proven
framework to help organizations plan strategically and
systematically towards sustainability (known as the Framework for
Strategic Sustainable Development, or FSSD), and help facilitate the
growth and organization of an inclusive, global, networked community
of practice around the FSSD.
Scott Perret is a member of the Earth Ethics Institute National
Advisory Board Member
Perret earned a Masters of Science in Strategic Leadership Towards
With Distinction, Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden
Hosted by Earth Ethics Institute and MDC College Training and Development.
To register: Reference #804731