Teacher(s): Felicity Markdal
In this class we will explore the three different phenomena of the title both individually and as an interwoven tool for change.
With regard to peace, we will attempt to journey from the peace ceremonies and philosophies of indigenous Americans, to the modern day academic world of Norwegian universities with the work of Johan Galtung. From the peace table in Colombia to the streets of the Philippines, analyzing and critiquing where peace “works” and where it might not. We will attempt in this journey to learn how to dig deeper into the structure of our own and other’s cultures and societies to broaden our ability to understand and question why we behave the way we do from the cultural jokes we might have to our contributions and actions at the UN Security Council
Innovation is not only about the latest technology, it more generally refers to alternative, new or re-purposed ways of looking at something. In this section, we explore innovation by once again taking a diverse journey from the realm of physical product design for peace, such as ways to secure clean water and affordable housing, to innovations in leadership, governance and beyond, for example ideas such as e-democracy in Switzerland to the gross National happiness tool used in Bhutan.
Finally, when looking at activism we want to explore the weird and wonderful ideas, campaigns and protests of diverse groups from across the planet. We will look at different types of activism, such as artistic activism or curatorial activism, in addition to learning how to evaluate constructively critique and deconstruct the structure, meaning and effectiveness of different activist actions. Our intention is to attempt to understand how to make the most impactful actions in our future lives.
So, if you would like to understand some world history, explore a bit of design and creativity as well as become a more informed radical or citizen, this is a space for you.
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Academic Fields Linked to:
Innovation and Entrepreneurship Studies