"Education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. It shall promote understanding, tolerance, and friendship."— Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Our culture needs to change, our vision of the future needs to change. In this way people are readier to embrace what needs to be done to achieve a better world. Storytelling engages the whole person: their thoughts, feelings, and connections with the people they care about. It is an excellent way to help people to take appropriate next steps, rather than digging in and denying what is happening around them.
Various genres have arisen to meet the challenge: solarpunk, hopepunk, ecofiction, utopianism, and more.
This course discusses how storytelling needs to evolve. We explore what would genuinely make for a brighter tomorrow. Together students then learn and apply the tools which will help us all to share healthier visions of what our world can be.
Sign up for this course will be on Patreon by donation (any amount). More details to come! Just comment below if you are interested.
In 2019 Friends Institute organised Remake the Future to help raise awareness of many solutions that could help turn around issues to do with climate change.
Guests included: Dr Petra Tschakert from the University of Western Australia Antony McMullen, cofounder and director of Cooperative Bonds Alice Drury, lawyer with the Human Rights Law Centre Josh McGee, convenor of Universal Basic Income Australia – Melbourne Ben Howes, Jane Goodall Roots and Shoots Program Katherine Phelps, founder and director of Friends Institute
If you are in your late teens to twenties, you are coming into a world with a lot of problems created by earlier generations. You are right to be concerned and you are right to want your concerns heard. Theatre is an important place to be heard because you can engage people’s thoughts and emotions, creating empathy for the circumstances of your characters. If you are interested in issues to do with the environment, social justice, and human rights and want to write and perform works that address these issues, contact us. We will soon begin meetings to create new works that grapple with these issues from your perspective.
What does the UN Declaration of Human Rights have to say to Australians today? How might we talk about human rights in every day language? Why not work together to figure out what it all means! A fun afternoon of learning, exploring, discussing, and creating!
Come along and find out how human rights play a core role in bringing about peace. Part of the UN International Day of Peace festivities.
In July Katherine Phelps will be flying to the US and hold a meeting with some of the deans at Evergreen State College.
Evergreen State College encourages students to be active and engaged citizens. Students work with faculty to develop a unique course of study across a diversity of academic disciplines. Narrative evaluations from faculty, with meaningful and usable feedback, replace competitive grades. The college enables students to participate collaboratively and responsibly in our diverse society. Evergreen State College is a world leader in progressive liberal higher education.
We hope to learn from this connection how better to found our own university and better serve our community. We hope this will result in an ongoing relationship with this institution.
When Dr Phelps returns she will present a talk about the Evergreen State College educational formula.
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