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Crossfields Institute International

Crossfields Institute International is the Higher Education Institute in the group and has a Faculty for the Environment and Transdisciplinary Studies which delivers courses and other events in a range of areas.

Why Environment?

Taking an enlightened approach to sustainability we recognise that the earth is our home and needs both protection and honouring as that which sustains all of life. Any 21st century solutions-based organisation needs to place the environment and environmental thinking as the ground from which it works. We do this substantively in the agroecology course and ensure that environmental concern informs our other work.

Why Transdisciplinary?

We believe that contemporary issues and the so called ‘wicked problems’ that face the world today will require crossing disciplinary boundaries and working systemically and with a deep form of collaboration. Our research and our educational offer is to bring about greater engagement and participation on important contemporary issues through an appreciation of the role of values and positive human impulses.

The Workademia Concept

The common thread in all our courses is that they have been developed to address key issues that humanity faces if we are to make the world a better place. Our approach has been to create courses that can be taken by people already engaged with the practical aspects of those problems. Designed for part-time delivery, with an extensive use of our virtual learning environment (VLE), students can use their day-to-day activities as a source of data for reflection and action research. The details given about our courses on each school’s webpages demonstrates how the workademia concept is used to create education that facilitates positive change by allowing practitioners to study through their own work and implement changes arising from their research.