Schumacher College, Darlington, UK 12th-13th June, 2017

Overview:

We arrived in Schumacher College with the aim of establishing a partnership for Education, Knowledge & Research.  We go there on the evening of the 12th of June explored the lush surrounding and left for a lovely dinner with Hari’s grandparents. We stayed over at Schumacher college at night and walked around the property in the morning before our meeting at 9am. They also offered lunch to us – cooked in a communal kitchen – fully organic and vegetarian – and most of the ingredients were sourced from their own gardens More details below:

Shcumacher College (www.schumachercollege.org.uk)

“Schumacher College has an enviable reputation for cutting-edge learning. Our work is to inspire, challenge and question ourselves as co-inhabitants of the world, to ask the questions we all struggle to find answers to and to find sound knowledge, intuition and wonder in our search for solutions. We bring together the leading thinkers, activists and practitioners internationally, to deliver a unique brand of small group learning experiences. This learning takes place in the classroom, the gardens, the kitchen – it is part of everything we do. Here you will discover things about yourself, make deep friendships with students from around the world, and, like many alumni, start a lifelong connection with the College. With a focus on interactive, experiential and participatory learning, we offer the practical skills and strategic thinking required to face the ecological, economic and social challenges of the 21st Century.”

Highlights:

At the College, we talked to them about Balipara Foundation, our community-centered conservation efforts and about Eastern Himalayan Naturenomics™ School to discuss collaboration opportunities. 

  • the philosophies of Balipara Foundation and Schumacher College align so we will be exploring working together and arriving at a partnership that will be mutually beneficial
  • Schumacher college is looking for places abroad where their students can go as a part of their Masters thesis – this will be for 4-6 months and work on a topic related to ecology, sociology or green-economics/Naturenomics™ to gain practical experience 
  • or for partners who would want to create a course that could be offered jointly by Schumacher College and the partnering institution – for example, they have a partnership will the GNH institute in Bhutan and they have courses in which students spend time in the UK & Bhutan both as a part of the 1 year or 2-year course. 

We plan to offer both – our community centered habitat restoration project (and the consequent larger scheme of things), amongst others – offers a lot of opportunities for research and would be one area of partnership. We are also planning to develop on an Eastern Himalayan Communities & Botany course in collaboration with Schumacher college where students can come to the North-East and learn from the local communities around the Eastern Himalayan Botanic Ark who guide us in our endeavors.

Participation at the Eastern Himalayan Naturenomics™ Forum 

Julie (who supervises their Bhutan and China programmes) from the Schumacher College will come to the Eastern Himalayan Naturenomics™ Forum and participate! Philip (another faculty) will also confirm if he will be able to make it to Assam in November. We look forward to welcoming them anf towards building a fruitful collaboration. 

Editor & Photo Credit - Saurav Khanna Malhotra

 

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