On January 16th our Scotland region Programme Coordinator attended the Learning for Sustainability Scotland AGM at the University of Edinburgh. Here are her thoughts on the event:
The Power of Storytelling: Learning from the Past to Inform the Present and Inspire the Future.
Learning for Sustainability Scotland (LfSS) are a network of educators, practitioners and key partners working together to infuse learning for sustainability into the whole of Scottish society, building our capacity to contribute – locally, nationally and globally.
I attended the LfSS AGM on 16th January 2019. The theme of the day was “The Power of Storytelling: Learning from the Past to Inform the Present and Inspire the Future.”
The day started off with a roundup of the previous year’s activities and achievements, and aspirations for 2019. As a new member, I was impressed by the breadth of work from primary schools, to tertiary education, to community heritage that is taking place across Scotland.
There were plenty of networking opportunities, and lots of familiar faces, as we split into a series of skill-sharing workshops looking at different ways we share our stories as individuals, groups, organisations and companies through social media, blogging, visual art, graphics and videos.
The afternoon led on to an inspiring talk from Dr. Alette Willis, Storyteller in Residence at RZSS Edinburgh Zoo and Highland Wildlife Park. The theme focussed on how people can be enabled to tell stories for a sustainable future. What I took from the talk was that by telling a story, in that moment, that narrative becomes a part of reality. The more we engage young people in devising their story of a sustainable future, the more it becomes a real possibility.
Thanks to Learning for Sustainability Scotland for hosting a fantastic day and I look forward to attending future events.
Written by: Kate Kirkwood, S4TP Programme Coordinator, Scotland
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