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 Filling the GAP - Global Action Plan (for ESD) only !?
16 Nov 2014 @ 08:40, by Heiner Benking

The days after the NAGOYA DESD are even more packed and exciting, Pauli, Sachs, Daly, .... the UNU and Tokyo is really a cradle on the level of New York, Washington, San Francisco, London, Berlin, .... I am grateful to have the chance to observe, hightlight great outcomes and oulooks, and maybe add an extra view, welcome or sometimes not!
see: [link] and COMMUNITY LEARNING CENTERS: [link]

First I was quite concerned, I was at an international GAP gathering in 1993 in Devon, see Global Action Plan (GAP) So there seems to be a "gap" at least since since 21 years. Is it really a good name for a programme by UNESCO and UNU so close to the original global scope of the EcoTeams [link] and their practical approaches to make a difference by checking personal approaches and "gains" and associated to the WHO Global Action Plan?, see the "community" [link]
I need to check that tomorrow at the UNU.... as it is a challenge to fill gaps and spaces !!, but how to fill canyons and the abyss ?

For me it is only an example of how much is there and known (but in different heads) ***** and much ways to cope and share in common frames of references are needed. This bytheway was the motto of the UNEP _ HEM Harmonization Programme which was closed about the times teh EcoTeams GAP was founded... I also recommend Linkages: [link]
but also this PDS: [link]

Coming back to the new Programme for 2015 onwards by UNESCO, UNU, and maybe the wider UN community and its ambitious means and ends. here are some annoncements: [link]

I struggeled a lot around and about positive, good examples to make a difference. See the origins of the magazine as Positive News Youth-Views where we looked into ways to identify Positive News as founded within Positive Nett-Works: [link], example for the Youth to learn from and improve, maybe connect and gain from integrated, joint approaches. [link]

In Okayama, Nagoya, and Tokyo I mentioned during this 10 days in various events. As I promised links and background materials in many of my conversations. Pls. check (more) below.

This is a collection of links I promised to share with some of the participants around UNESCO-DESD in Nagoya November 2014. The Title I used was „FILLING THE GAP“ - GAP is the new Global Action Plan for sustainability Eduction presently under discussion and hopefully soon implemented in the UN – frameworks, possibly early 2015.

The projects and sites are not all and for everybody of interest, but they are role-models or recommendations of interest towards supporting the grand challenges in the broader context of culture and education. Good News and Projects as „Seeds of Change“ need to be supported and shared and could contribute to fill the „GAP“: [link]

I talked in different situations about certain aspects of what I feel should be shared, followed, or studied in depth:

Recommendations of UN ECOSOC: COMMONS ACTIONS to UN HofS, Ambassadors, ...: September 2014 about MDGs – SDGs, OWG, post 2015, ….. and October 2014: Focus UNESCO DESD, Nagoya: [link] I recommend in particular the first 3 „bullets“ page 3 of the September Commons recommendations: [link]

Statement from International Holistic Tourism Education Centre (IHTEC) [link] to UNESCO for the 2014 / Education for Sustainable Development World Conference will take place at the Nagoya Congress – Centre in the city of Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, Japan. 10. - 12, November 2014. [link]
See also the VCouncil on Global Issues: [link] and GOOD GLOBAL GOVERNANCE For a Just and Sustainable World [link]

BookboXX – Sustainable vocational learning–BookboXX - vocational – cultural – political [link]
The BookboXX is an endeavour, which contributes to vocational training. Students from different fields and locations of learning contribute by transforming out-dated telephone-boxes into community-building local public book exchanges. In this process they acquire competencies which support sustainable longrange, big-picture strategies and goals for their work and in everyday life. Additionally cultur and political are taken into consideration, as well as the participatory inclusion of future users in their urban districts, where the boXXes will be located.
In this type of education a new method of transdisciplinary learning is applied. The concept of the BookboXX refers to a new economy of sharing, empowering sustainable life-styles.
Libraries as well small “street-libraries” like the BookboXX are innovative models of sustainability. Access to books is simplified. Opportunity creates readers, particularly for vocational education apprentices. All age-groups benefit, mostly kids and youth. In the vicinity of the BookboXX, readings and lectures are organized with actors and writers. Literature days get scheduled by schools. [link] - Institute for Sustainability in Education, Work and Culture (INBAK) [link]

The Spoons, Beads and Birds Phenomenon - Towards unconditional empowerment, co-creation and appreciation cultures: Donation Dialogues – the antidote to distribution and sharing formats in conversations [link] Phaenomenon-Draft.pdf see on application as "roundtable": Rundgespräch:
DStGB Gemeinde und Innovators Club, Magic Roundtables Rundgespraech [link] see also [link]

Wilhelm Schole: SCHOLÊ from the Greek meaning leisure. Scholê, the root word of school, implies the life-long pursuit of an expanding use of time so as to develop to the fullest the mind, body, and spirit. Scholê exemplifies the Greek belief that the unexamined life is not worth living.
Today research indicates that future retirement, i.e., leisure will be at least twenty-five years. Brain research discloses that the pace-maker for aging is the brain, that life-long learning is a deterrent to dementia and Alzheimers. … [link]

Earth Focus Foundation, Its aim is to empower young people of all ages through raising awareness and sharing knowledge on sustainable development. Earth Focus Academy [link]

Youth-Leader-Magazine [link] - revent awads [link] (see more above)

Team Based Learning – TBLO , Leonardo 3-4-5 [link]

FLORA FAUNA – Schutz – andere Landwirtschaft – Siedlungswasserwirtschaft – Permakultur / Terra Preta Öfen etc …. Erich Warth Siftung ***

Paradise Design – Institute für Paradiesgestaltung [link]

OYA Magazine: think different – different living: unfortunately only in German; [link]

UNESCO - DESD Bonn 2009 1001 actions - Seeds of Change - Roundtables [link] (PDF) [link] (PDF)

The Spoons, Beads and Birds Phenomenon - Towards unconditional empowerment, co-creation and appreciation cultures: Donation Dialogues – the antidote to distribution and sharing formats in conversations [link] Phaenomenon-Draft.pdf

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