Still I rise: The resilient and inspiring life of Maya Angelou

Still I rise: The resilient and inspiring life of Maya Angelou

“Try to be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud” – Maya Angelou Through her life, as a poet, writer, teacher and civil rights activist, Maya Angelou stood as a shining example of humanity at its best. She brought beauty and joy to the world and taught people how to love...
Place-based and community-engaged education

Place-based and community-engaged education

In the book, Place-based learning in the global age, Gregory Smith talks about a social movement called ‘The new localism’ that has emerged as a result of the disruption of traditional community life that came about as a result of economic development. This movement...
Educating the hunter-gatherer way: Self-directed learning

Educating the hunter-gatherer way: Self-directed learning

In a recent article in the Economist I read that young children should be the first to return to school after the Covid-19 pandemic on the basis that they are not yet capable of self-directed learning. This is quite ironic – young infants, arguably, are the most...
What is deep ecology?

What is deep ecology?

Deep ecology is a way of looking at the world, a deep ‘ecological’ view, that sees the fundamental interdependence of all life. It sees that we humans are embedded in, and part of the natural world – a world we depend on for our existence. Fritjof Capra describes the...
Mind, relationships and communication

Mind, relationships and communication

According to interpersonal neurobiology, relationships can be understood as a process that involves the sharing of energy and information flow. This is the movement across time of energy that has symbolic value (a symbol is something stands for something else – like...