*** Share your reflections on social good innovation (Social good is defined as working collaboratively to create solutions for the betterment of the whole).**
Social good, really, is everything- after all, the greatest human torture is isolation. Relationships to self, others, community, nature, ideas are underpin everything about how the fabric of life comes together into observable reality. The goal of education, I feel, is to cultivate the life-affirming human qualities of wellbeing. Social Good Innovation is a natural outcropping of the curiosity, compassion, and co-creation that are instinctual to a whole and well-functioning individual. Everything else- every single other subject, is in service of that.
- After participating in the webinar and reviewing the guides, what is most exciting to you about engaging in social good innovation? What are your concerns?
I’m obviously excited by this. Always. I’m not aware of any concerns so far, other than the perpetual looming fears of not having enough time or whatever to really connect and deliver in a way that comes close enough to the potential I’m dreaming of!
- Some educators choose to create challenges narrowed down to one specific SDG and some allow students the choice to choose out the 17. Thinking ahead to your challenge, will you have your students focus on one particular global goal or will it be open? Why?
My focus is economics- but it is NOT economic GROWTH in the ways that we usually think of it. Many of you may be aware of the critique on this SDG goal, and inherently understand the problems associated with the icon of an upward, limited trajectory of growth. While seeing the SDG goal of “economic growth” as fallacious, I do focus on increasing peace, prosperity, regeneration, and wellbing for all as economic indicators. So we are fundamentally re-thinking that paradigm, so this 1 singular SDG goal no longer tears the others apart.
That said, I am not sure if I would be choosing it or shunning it, in favor of choosing “partnerships” or “education for wellbeing” or something.