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pilot course for professionals
INTRO to
dEcoloniAl susTainabiLity

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This is an introductory course for professionals on the contribution of globalised industry to systemic oppression, centring on the relationship between the Global North and the Global South through industry operations.
 

We begin by acknowledging that the dominant "sustainability" and "regeneration" methodologies and discourses we have today arise from a modern colonial narrative.  We identify this as a mechanism of the One World, seeking a single story of progress, development and success, to trap us all into the certain death of incrementalisation through a narrow kaleidoscope of carbon-centric thinking.  Net-zero systemic injustice.  Eurocentric regeneration discourse further normalises the appropriation of indigenous knowledges, thereby trapping us all into repeating the same rhythms of extraction and dispossession.

This course does not seek to present a clear linear framework to decolonise corporate sustainability, or the masses of sustainability professionals in the corporate world. It rather seeks to create space to consider some unknown unknowns within the field through understanding more clearly our long pasts and complex, confused contexts. We aim to create safe uncomfortable space for exploration of our own cultural evolution, and together find patterns within our current systems where the perspectives, narratives and behaviours that brought us here remain powerful and unchanged, even within the popular field that seeks to put humanity on a different course.

This course delivers a clear holistic perspective of globalised corporatisation, supply chains and their systemic impacts.  Our sessions reframe our problematic economic paradigm from Global South perspectives and experiences. Through facilitated explorations, this course enables participants to connect the dots within their sectors and look with fresh, purposeful eyes at what systems change might feel like through us as collaborative individuals.

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learning outcomes

  • deep understanding of globalised industrial capitalism and its effects on the Global South

  • greatly improved ability to dance between existentially conflicting perspectives and narratives

  • a practical understanding of decolonisation and its value in planetary regeneration

  • improved clarity on how to embed perspectives and inquiries around decolonial sustainability in your work

  • increased capacity and creativity to innovate for systemic justice

  • new purpose within your sector aligned towards building a just world where "development" is self-determined.

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PROGRAMME

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Four overarching themes make up the course programme, designed to enable participants to view the activities of public and private enterprises from the perspectives of humanity's long pasts and ecology's stubborn silence.

STORIES OF THE GLOBAL SOUTH

General state of the planet

What have been the dominant stories that have gotten us here?

The long view of power

NARRATIVES LOUD AND QUIET

The power of stories vs. the stories of power

Who has been silenced and why?

Mechanisms of denial

Worldviews: dominant vs. alternatives

INTERROGATING SUSTAINABILITY, INC.

Critical assessment of global and corporate sustainability frameworks

"Sustainable development" in the One World

Is greenwashing designed in?

OUR ROLES AT THE END OF THE WORLD

Seeing new paths for "sustainability" and "regeneration"

What are our individual and collective roles?

Listening to the silenced

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SESSIONS

Course duration

July - October 2022 (4 months)

This timeframe has been selected to be able to influence decisions in corporate and organisational teams leading up to 2023.

It coincides with typical holiday seasons in Europe to encourage participants to use the mindspace to explore more deeply within the course.

Size of cohort

~20 professionals in

climate science, sustainability, innovation, communications, business development.

Two pilot cohorts are being held - a Friday/Saturday one and a Sunday one - to accommodate successful applicants.

Live sessions

The four-month course includes

nine two-hour sessions, with two cohorts in two time zones: Afro-Eurasia and Pacific.

Please doublecheck the session times via the hyperlinks below.

 

Friday/Saturday cohort sessions (Pacific)

Nine two-hour sessions at

4pm PDT / 8pm BRT / 11am NZST on

2nd, 16th and 30th July 2022

13th and 27th August 2022

10th and 24th September 2022

8th and 22nd October 2022

Sunday cohort sessions (Afro-Eurasia)

Nine two-hour sessions at

9am BRT / 2pm CAT / 8pm PHT on

3rd, 17th and 31st July 2022

14th and 28th August 2022

11th and 25th September 2022

9th and 23rd October 2022

Self-led homework

Suggested readings, own research, developing and designing interventions within your organisation or in your sector (final week presentations)

 

Peer group explorations

Microsolidarity peer group meets in between cohort sessions to work through group exercises and support each other in co-learning

Individual coaching

One-to-one sessions with our guest coaches are available as an ad-hoc add-on to provide additional support where participants themselves deem necessary.

Guest-coaching fees are additional to the course fees, and are to be paid during guest-coaching session bookings.  Sessions should be booked at least one week in advance.

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is this course
FOR YOU

THIS COURSE IS FOR YOU IF...

  • you are seeking professional development for radical justice

  • you want to intentionally create space in your life for understanding systemic privilege and systemic oppression (e.g. to emotionally address the deafening emptiness and detachment of the comfort and privilege you experience in your career)

  • you are willing to decenter yourself, commit to listening to unheard, oppressed perspectives and potentially change the way you work

THIS COURSE IS NOT FOR YOU IF...

  • you are not prepared to question the dominant models of business we operate within today

  • you don't feel there is anything deeply wrong with your life or its place in global systems of politics or resource governance

  • you wholeheartedly subscribe to dominant or mainstream sustainability narratives (e.g. UN SDGs, carbon emissions, etc.) and don’t wish to critique them

  • you’re uncomfortable with discomfort, and feel challenged by challenge

We’re serious about this course being an exploration of provocative ideas and different ways of being.

 

By registering for this course, you are agreeing to reflect on and question your reactions, opinions, and attachments - we are asking you to explore some of this individually and with others, within the safe uncomfortable spaces we facilitate for this purpose.

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FACILITATORS

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Sam

Course designer & facilitator

Anna

Course designer & facilitator

Chris

Course designer & facilitator

Nolita

Course designer & advisor

Sahana

Course advisor

Luiza

Course game designer & facilitator

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Garry

Guest coach

HEXO Change

Heather

Guest coach

Keduzi

Lorraine

Guest coach

Matereality

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REGISTRATION

COURSE FEE TIERS

This pilot cohort is offered at a special introductory price only.

Global North

USD 600 / EUR 560 / GBP 465 - Course fee

USD 800 / EUR 745 / GBP 620 - Course fee + a contribution to our indigenous partners 

 

Global South 

USD 400 / EUR 375 / GBP 310 - Course fee

USD 500 / EUR 470 / GBP 390 - Course fee + a contribution to our indigenous partners

Our indigenous partners are Philippine-based IPMSDL, Brazil-based Instituto Janeraka, and individuals who have contributed directly to dialogues that make up part of the course content.

Payment will be requested via invoice after cohort places are confirmed.  We accept payment in USD, EUR and GBP - our bank details may be found here.

Should you experience challenges around the financial requirements of this course, please apply via our registration form and indicate this in the final question.

Similarly, we welcome any additional contributions e.g. to provide free Global South spots and/or any increased contributions to our indigenous partners.  Please specify this in the final question in our registration form.

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key dates

Access the registration form via the button below.

Registration closes 12noon CEST on 1st June.

 

Any required clarifications regarding application responses to be sought by 13th June.

Course cohort places confirmed and invoices issued on 15th June.

Full payment to be received by 12noon CEST 25th June.

 

Welcome pack issued 26th June.

Course begins 2nd July.

Any queries should be directed to infinite@possiblefutures.earth.

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