The idea for this platform came to me after waking up from open heart, triple bypass surgery after surviving a “Widowmaker” heart attack. I have been told that survival of a Widowmaker is only around 2% to 4%, so I am very, very lucky to be alive and now in complete heart health.
Watching how my doctors, nurses and team all communicated together, I came to the realization that humanity was one living breathing system, and when the system worked in harmony, we would have optimal health. The song concept in the video below came out of a collaboration with a friend in Budapest, Hungary, who composed the music and some of the lyrics off of a concept I shared with him while heavily sedated on pain killers (Due to the effects of morphine, I swear I had more trips than Jimi Hendrix ever experienced!) –Stephen Jay
Education should impart a comprehensive and inclusive perspective of our planet and human society as a self-organizing, self-regulating, open, living organic system. Education should promote holistic, synthetic, integrated thinking and action required for equitable and sustainable peace and prosperity in the 21st century.
Our traditional educational system treats reality as a set of separate, autonomous fields of study, whereas the fundamental truth of our existence is that everything is related with and interacting with everything else. Peace, democracy, prosperity, education, human rights and human welfare are interdependent. So too, the welfare of humanity and the health of our biosphere are inextricably interlinked. Financial instability and unemployment, water supply and food security, economic growth and social equity, technology and human welfare, industrialization and pollution, energy consumption and ecology, nuclear energy and human security, competition for scarce natural resources and prosperity for all, peace and human rights are interrelated challenges which require integrated solutions. Education needs to be founded on a holistic, inclusive conception of human activity and its relationship to the physical and biological environment. Earth’s problems are our problems.
Education for Sustainability
- “Educating for a sustainable future is not so much about a destination as about the process of learning to make decisions that consider the long-term economy, ecology and equity of all communities. Its goal is to build an enduring society. This involves learning how to anticipate the consequences of our actions, envision a sustainable future and create the steps needed to achieve the vision. Individuals and societies will perpetually have to make choices. How those choices are made and the information and ethical discernment used in making them will determine whether our visions of a sustainable future are achieved.”
- Solving environmental problems and preventing new ones from arising will require an understanding and appreciation of the linkages between environmental well-being and human well-being. However, many of these linkages are not apparent at the first instance. This is where education is crucial. To bring environment and development concerns to people’s notice, to enable them to understand the linkages between the two, to encourage them to take appropriate action, and to equip them with the skills necessary for taking the required action – education is necessary for all this.
- Provide children and adults with the cultural background that will enable them, as far as possible, to make sense of the changes taking place. This presupposes that they are capable of sorting the mass of information so as to interpret it more effectively and place events in a historical perspective.
- Value based education: Help the students learn that a sustainable future is one in which they value social justice and peace, protect natural systems and use resources wisely, make decisions through fair and democratic means and develop the capacity and commitment to apply these principles at the level of personal and family actions, and in decisions for local, national and global communities.
- Experiential learning, Values education, Enquiry learning, Appropriate assessment, Future Problem Solving, Learning outside the classroom, Community Problem Solving are some of the ways in which teachers can help students achieve the wide range of knowledge, skill and values needed for sustainability education.
- Students can be encouraged to understand the interconnectedness of life and the problems of the planet using an interdisciplinary approach.
New Ways of Thinking
- The growing environmental awareness marks the birth of a new and more integral way of understanding ourselves and the world around us.
- The emergence of systems thinking and complexity science reflects profound truths of existence that defy representation by purely analytic reductionist forms of knowledge.
- The traditional perspective of the physical sciences is an insufficient model for the biological and social sciences. In the words of Robert Rosen, “contemporary physics does not yet provide enough to allow the problems of life to be well-posed.”
- As Chaos theory tells us, in the living world small changes can have immense repercussions, i.e. the Butterfly Effect. Non-linearity is the mathematics of living systems.
- As Fritjof Capra argues, the reductionist, mechanistic Cartesian view of the universe governed by universal laws is giving way to the perception of a self-organizing web of life.
Mobilized TV on Free Speech TV takes a deep look at our world, the consequences of human activity on our planet, and how we can reverse and prevent existing and future crises from occurring. Mobilized reveals life on our planet as a system of systems which all work together for the optimal health of the whole. The show delves into deep conversations with change-makers so people can clearly take concerted actions.
Produced by Steven Jay and hosted by Jeff Van Treese.
Mobilized’s TV series Mobilized TV premieres on Free Speech TV on Friday, October 15, 2021. All episodes appear:
Fridays 9:30 PM Eastern (USA/Canada)
Saturdays; 6:30 PM (Eastern USA/Canada)
Sundays: 8:30 AM Eastern (USA/Canada)
October 15, 16, 27
Many communities of native Americans have been subject to irreparable harm, and now there are some who are trying to indoctrinate them into their form of religion. We take a deep dive into conversation with Lakota Sioux Tribeswoman, Davidica Little Spotted Horse as she brings us up to speed of issues that should concern us all.
October 22, 23, 24
The overwhelming news being shoved down our throats on a daily basis is having a debilitating effect our our mental and emotional health. While many people seem to feel powerless, there are a lot of actions that people can take. Mobilized.news gives you a front row seat to the change that you can create in the world when we speak with Rob Moir, Executive Director of leading environmental organization, The Ocean River Institute.
October 29, 30, 31
Architect Buckminster Fuller said “”Nature is a totally efficient, self-regenerating system. IF we discover the laws that govern this system and live synergistically within them, sustainability will follow and humankind will be a success.” So how can builders, architects and people in the construction industries learn from nature’s design and create healthy living systems that actually work with the natural landscape and ecosystem instead of against it? Mobilized.news takes a deep dive in conversation with Nickson Otieno of Niko Green in Nairobi, Kenya.