Biosphere reserves as a global business school prototype

UNESCO’s World Network of Biosphere Reserves is, in effect, an example of the new style of business school. Its aim is to encourage sustainable development, and to do this it practices action oriented learning. This shared vision of sustainable development practices is creating an ever-evolving global campus for learning about how to develop human social and economic practices in order to increase levels of sustainability.

noosa biosphereUNESCO’s World Network of Biosphere Reserves is, in effect, an example of the new style of business school. Its aim is to encourage sustainable development, and to do this it practices action oriented learning. This shared vision of sustainable development practices is creating an ever-evolving global campus for learning about how to develop human social and economic practices in order to increase levels of sustainability. Individually and collectively, biosphere reserves are one of the most powerful emerging business schools for creating a prosperous global future.

At Noosa Biosphere Inc., we work to promote sustainable behavior change in the work of governments, business, educational institutions and the community. These programs attempt to educate all sectors of the community about sustainability through locally relevant, interactive, action-based learning. They focus on fostering collaboration and on creating multi-disciplined, self-empowered groups of people who learn through their involvement in the processes of inspiration, planning, action and reflection.

The leadership emphasis of the practices is on the development of open-mindedness, honesty, respectful collaboration, inclusiveness and compassionate intention through the interactions between all stakeholders in the sustainability journey.

The programs combine andragogical and pedagogical approaches, depending on what is most appropriate for each group of students. However, in all instances there is ample opportunity for the students to influence their own learning as they advance along the learning journey. All programs incorporate the opportunity for participants to become instructors or mentors themselves.

Our collaborations are the product of people with passion, interest or need coming together to work on collective priorities. Sometimes these are the result of underlying conflicting desires and other times they result from underlying compatible desires.

This philosophy is not in itself unique. The uniqueness is to be found in each collaborative effort, where a slightly different combination of people, issues and places generates the random interactions that bring about unique learning opportunities.

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