Recently, I had the opportunity to co-facilitate a virtual Introduction to the Compass Tools: Systems Thinking for Sustainability in the Classroom workshop at Dulwich International High School Suzhou, China, which was delivered over the course of two days. In preparation for the workshop, they shared with us their global competencies and their school-wide plan to move towards a more sustainable campus. Cindy Chen and I incorporated elements from their plan into the activities. One element that we incorporated into a Compass Sort activity was their list of Global Competencies. Then we incorporated their School’s sustainability plan into the compassing of issues they self-selected. For example, carbon emissions from school vans and paper and plastic use on campus.
Participants were engaged and had rich conversations about various topics related to their school-wide plan as they practised using the Compass tools. We were blown away by their excitement and motivation to do this workshop in spite of their being under lockdown during our workshop.
During our second meeting, the groups had conversations ranging from planning an English course using the Systems Iceberg, to implementing the tools school-wide to create a greater impact on their school’s sustainability effort. It was refreshing working with a group of motivated educators with a very clear purpose. I look forward to hearing about and seeing their progress in the future. May they find great success implementing the Compass tools to make their school a more sustainable one.