ForewordA Brief History of Gaia Education
In 1998, 55 ecovillage educators, members of the Global Ecovillage Network with academic and pro-fessional backgrounds in a wide range of disciplines, were invited by Gaia Trust to Denmark to discussnew transdisciplinary approaches of sustainability education, building upon the experiences of theecovillage movement.Gaia Education was created over a series of meetings among these international ecovillage educators.The group decided to call itself the GEESE - Global Ecovillage Educators for a Sustainable Earth - to ac-knowledge the importance of collaboration and roving leadership as it is exhibited by the migrationbehaviour of a flock of geese. The GEESE were united in the effort to make the knowledge and skillsdeveloped in ecovillages accessible to a wide audienceMajor achievement and milestones of Gaia Education to date have been:First, the development of the groundbreaking Ecovillage Design Education (EDE) curriculum, whichdraws from the experience and expertise of a network of some of the most successful ecovillages andcommunity projects across the Earth. The EDE was officially launched during the 10th anniversary of the Global Ecovillage Network at the Findhorn Ecovillage in October 2005. The curriculum has a widerange of practical application and is full of innovative materials, ideas and tools that have been devel-oped and tested in communities acting as laboratories of sustainable living.Second, the development of the Gaia Education Design for Sustainability- GEDS virtual programme inpartnership with UOC - Open University of Catalonia- in October 2008.Third, the launch of the post-graduate programme Gaia Education Design for Sustainability, also inpartnership with UOC, in October 2011. GEDS will be expanded into a two ye
ar accredited Master’s
Degree by fall of 2014.Gaia Education is developing additional educational programmes to be offered on its website, includ-ing an on-line variant of GEDS with a focus on sustainability design, and a special version of the EDEcurriculum for Youth.The EDE curriculum is a free resource for anyone wishing to learn about sustainability principles, andespecially for those who might like to teach the EDE in their local area. Additional supporting materialsinclude:
Guidelines for Organising an EDE
- available to certified host sites.
- a more detailed resource for teachers and organisers who wish to delveinto greater detail on various topics in the curriculum for inspiration and guidance.
Four Keys to Sustainability Everywhere on the Planet
- Along with the above-materials, Gaia Educa-tion, in cooperation with Permanent Publications, UK, has published four supplementary anthologies,