Pre-Capstone Learning Intentions and Pathway Design
Master's Degree Program at Gaia University, Open Topic
Pre-Capstone Phase, Output Packet 1B, Section 1302
My work with Gaia University can be summarized as a quest to find the best tools for building regenerative communities and bring them to the mainstream. I believe the most powerful place to start is with organizations. Organizations control community wealth and weild the power of collective human effort. It is vitally important that we figure out how to make them operate in an environmentally regenerative and socially just way. It is also important that people become engaged in change in a way that is sustainable for them. One's livelihood must be sustainable for life to be sustainable.
I want to bring together experts working in the areas of social, economic, and environmental sustainability. I want to use agile processes to develop a strategy to prepare people for workplaces that operate in a cooperative paradigm. I want to utilize the full power of the internet to inspire, connect, and empower people all over the world to use their own knowledge and skills to build truly sustainable communities.
Writing this output packet has helped me tremendously in organizing my ideas, setting goals, and making a plan to meet those goals. It has been a long and winding journey finding the concepts and words to describe exactly what I want to do with my life. I have utilized an iterative process to put my ideas onto paper (or websites), present them to other people, do research, and then re-work the ideas and start the process again. My plan has continually changed as I create my output packets and the overall trajectory is slowing emerging.
The process has been very educational. The lesson that I have learned the most is to limit the amount of time that I work on something before I do in-depth research to find out if someone else has already done that work. I like to delve into my own ideas, but often I have found that someone else has already done it better than I could.
I like making the names of the pages simple and combining elements in a way that shows people where the important information is. I put special effort into graphic design, making all of the xmind maps match the theme. I see these output packets as a way to help me organize my own thoughts and present my work to others so they will join me in designing the future.
I typed most content into Open Office to get word count and spell check, then copied it into text boxes in Mahara. I used text boxes with HTML to embed XMind maps from the XMind website. The images on the projects and goals page were made in several different ways. The Regenerative Management Concept Map was an Open Office spreadsheet that I exported as a pdf, then took a snapshot in Adobe Reader and edited it in Gimp. The Regenerative Management Organization Chart was created in LucidChart and downloaded as a png. The Regenerative Enterprise Design Canvas was created with google drive and mural.ly and taken as a screen shot with Google Chrome. On the supporting evidence page I copied conversations from skype and saved them in .doc files with Open Office, then added the files to Mahara for download.