With this training, the UCI Environment Institute aims to increase capacity of students, faculty, staff, and community members to approach our regional sustainability challenges effectively and together.
We are also making this training available via interactive simulcast. We invite participation by activists, community organizers, and others in any location who seek fresh tools for pursuing creative approaches to environmental, social, and economic crises.
Strategic Questioning is an inquiry-based organizing method used to generate new information and ideas to support individual, organizational, and societal transformation to a just and sustainable world. We view strategic questioning as a foundational tool for community engaged sustainability scholarship.
A strategic question:
Social change worker Fran Peavey (1941-2010) designed the method of strategic questioning to help orient individuals and communities toward actions for social change. It has emerged as a key tool in addressing environmental and community development challenges around the world, taking root most strongly in Australia, New Zealand, and India.
In person training
We welcome Orange County residents, graduate and undergraduate students (from UCI & surrounding OC colleges), and UCI faculty and staff who are interested in stengthening bioregional responses to sustainability challenges. Registration is required. Participants should be available to attend the full day training.
This training is also available via interactive simulcast. We invite participation by activists, community organizers, and others in any location who seek fresh tools for pursuing creative approaches to environmental, social, and economic crises. Registration is required. To participate effectively, you will need:
The training includes time to practice strategic questioning. To practice, you will need to work in pairs. Ideally each pair has one observer to coach/take notes. That is why we suggest corralling at least three people to take the training together for virtual participants.
8:45 AM Registration
9:00 AM Welcome Introductions
9:30 AM Background to Strategic Questioning
Demonstration of SQ
10:50 AM Morning Tea
11:10 AM Strategic Questioning - individual skills practice (3x 30 minutes + 5 minute debrief)
1:00 PM Lunch Break
1:40 PM Strategic Questioning - insights and learning
2:00 PM Strategic Questioning as a group process to tackle sustainability challenges & find new ways
4:00 PM End
Sue Lennox is co-founder and CEO of Australia's OzGREEN and a member of the Centre for Social Impact Advisory Council. She has 30 years of experience innovating in environmental education in urban, regional, remote, and indigenous communities in Australia, India, Papua New Guinea, East Timor, and Pakistan. In 2007, Sue was named as one of Sydney’s Top 100 Most Influential People by the Sydney Magazine. Sue is a strategic questioning expert and practitioner.
OzGREEN’s mission is to build a movement of inspired leaders who are tackling sustainability challenges (such as climate change and water) and becoming leaders of positive social change. OzGREEN accomplishes this mission by focusing on youth, emerging leaders and “early adopters,” strengthening capacity for leadership and social innovation. Through collaboration and community driven change, OzGREEN helps build the critical mass of people needed to create sustainable, resilient and socially just communities.
For 20 years OzGREEN has been facilitating award-winning transformative learning and leadership programs. OzGREEN is an independent not-for-profit that operates nationally in Australia and overseas in India, East Timor and Central America. OzGREEN programs have involved hundreds of thousands of people who go on to take leadership roles in their schools, communities and workplaces and who shift their own lives to “one planet living.”
OzGREEN has won numerous awards, including the Eureka Prize, Banksia Awards, UN Media Peace Awards and Best Practice Case Study for the Australian Association for Environmental Education (NSW).
The training will convene in the Seminar Room at the Environment Institute on the campus of the University of California, Irvine. Please see our campus map to the Environment Institute.
For sustainable transportation options, visit the UCI Sustainable Transportation webpage. For driving directions and parking information, please see below.
From the North:
Exit 405-S at Jamboree and turn right onto Jamboree. Turn left onto Campus Drive. Turn right onto West Peltason Drive into UCI; at end of the road turn left to continue on West Peltason Drive. Turn left onto Bison Ave. and turn right into Parking Lot 16. Kiosk for parking permits is located near the entrance.
From the South:
Exit 405-N at Jamboree and turn left onto Jamboree. Turn left onto Campus Drive. Turn right onto West Peltason Drive into UCI; at end of the road turn left to continue on West Peltason Drive. Turn left onto Bison Ave. and turn right into Parking Lot 16. Kiosk for parking permits is located near the entrance.
73 FREEWAY (Corona Del Mar Freeway - Transportation Corridor)
From the North:
Exit 73-S at Bison (last exit before Toll Road begins) and turn left onto Bison. Continue on Bison across Peltason Drive and turn right into Parking Lot 16. Kiosk for parking permits is located near the entrance.
From the South:
Exit 73-N at Bison and turn right onto Bison Avenue. Continue on Bison across Peltason Drive and turn right into Parking Lot 16. Kiosk for parking permits is located near the entrance.
Park in and purchase a permit for lot 16. Parking costs $10/day. For more visitor parking information, click here.
We are please to announce two related events in early April:
On Wednesday, April 3, 2013, we invite you to participate in a half-day session of TEDxChange Orange Coast. The topic of the session is "Positive Disruption." Hear from TEDx thought leaders followed by Sue Lennox and the UCI Environment Institute's Susan Coons. The afternoon will conclude with an interactive community building session on sustainability facilitated by Susan Coons and Women's Initiatives for a Sustainable Earth (WISE). For more information and registration, visit http://www.tedxorangecoast.com/.
Leading with the Heart:
From 9 AM Friday, April 5th, to 6 PM Saturday, April 6th, the UCI Environment Institute will also host a workshop that aims to bring together a focused group of college students and community members dedicated to creating a just and sustainable society here in Orange County. Over the past couple of years, we have heard from students and community members alike a desire to increase collective capacity to respond to sustainability challenges in our shared bioregion. We are offering Leading with the Heart to build those skills and connections. Led by Sue Lennox. For more information, please visit our Eventbrite page for Leading with the Heart.
The Environment Institute exists to strengthen UC Irvine’s leadership in addressing the challenges of global change, energy, and sustainable development. The Institute accomplishes this mission through research, education, and engagement programs.The Institute’s Community Engagement Project forges new collaborations between UCI and the regional community on emergent environmental and sustainability-related issues.
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