Philosophy of Learning & Teaching
To me living means being in a constant change of state, and the same is true for learning. When people learn, their neural constellations are re-organized. Living and learning then means developing through transformation. Changing that interior landscape then naturally leads to creating, since humans are purpose-seeking, social creatures who use their hearts, heads, and hands to make and communicate — exchanging themselves with others in the process of emergence. Based on these principles I approach education by designing and facilitating transformational change for self and others through collaborative creative engagement. Although I personally prefer experiential learning to other modalities, as an interculturalist I believe in addressing multiple learning styles and teaching around the Kolb Wheel and across all of Gardner’s Intelligences. Politically speaking, I feel drawn to Paulo Freire’s Critical Pedagogy and John Dewey’s Progressive Pedagogy. I am well versed in concepts of Andragogy and some other, lesser known teaching and learning theories, such as Apithagogy (generative dynamics of wellbeing) and Pandragogy (life-long learning toward sustainable futures). I feel deeply rooted in the system sciences, and am interested, in particular, in living (Fritjof Capra) and evolutionary (Ervin Laszlo) systems philosophies.
Warm Up: To South Lodge We Go!
This multi-sensory activity was the overture to a lesson on "learning styles," taught to Organizational Leadership students at Seattle University during the annual retreat that kicked off the academic year. We warmed up with kinesthetic and auditory engagement and used a foreign language approach as a way to stretch the comfort zone. The title of the activity "To South Lodge We Go!" refers to the cabin where we held most of our lectures and interactive activities.
Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired By Nature
During the first part of this lecture at the Vienna University of Applied Arts in December 2013 I illustrate my professional pathway from art & design to organizational development & strategy to design management & nature-inspired innovation. The second part of this presentation showcases the Biomimicry Framework and the Biomimicry Thinking Design Process — as an invitation for the design students from the University of Applied Arts to join me in a collaborative project with engineering and management students at the University of Applied Sciences in Pinkafeld, Austria.
To see the slide deck for Part 1 of this lecture, go here.
Virtual Team Building
My co-pilot and I received the 2012 eLearning Champion (ELCH) Award from the University of Graz for this virtual team building experience. We teach it once a year to a transdisciplinary group of students from different levels at the University's Institute for Social Competence.
OSR Webinar Series
From 2010 to 2013 I taught Organizational Leadership & Transformation at the Organization Systems Renewal (OSR) MA Program at Seattle University. As part of my service I initiated a webinar series aimed at the public and to support the continuous learning of the OSR community. Below are four such webinars for your enjoyment.
Information Processing Preferences (Kolb Learning Styles, Gardner Multiple Intelligences, Visual/Auditory/Kinesthetic/Olfactory/Gustatory Processing):
Interesting perspective about "thinking types" by visual facilitator, Brandy Agerbeck: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6bCHq1OvGR4
Interesting perspective about the difference between "learning styles and intelligences" by researcher, Howard Gardner: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2013/10/16/howard-gardner-multiple-intelligences-are-not-learning-styles/?postshare=7471451921992359&tid=ss_fb