One of the main challenges with promoting sustainability is the relative scarcity of real world examples. At least that is the perception. By confronting your students with someone else’s everyday reality, then it’s easier to convince your students that they should be adopting these practices too. So one big advantage […]

The case study approach in sustainability


Implementing a sustainable mindset – Innovative Teacher Story Have you ever wondered how cold Finland really is in mid-January? Then here is your chance to find out by attending a free 2-day conference and workshop event 16-17th January in 2018. If you are a vocational teacher or trainer in the field […]

Meet us in Finland!


One of the foundations of promoting a sustainable approach is to ensure that sustainability is embedded as a mindset as explained  by Jamie Cloud of the Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education in the video below. But how do you promote a mindset? Here’s a suggestion for introducing the idea, first […]

Sustainability bingo



The Prof E Sus project’s main aim is to promote a sustainable mindset in vocational students. What does that involve? And doesn’t that sound a little sinister? Brainwashing perhaps? Or is it what education (literally to bring out) should have been about all the time? Promoting mindsets is popular in […]

Changing mindsets


Below is a sample exercise for the ProfESus course “Be my Sustainable Guest” which would be part of an online unit exploring the potential for Futures Thinking.

Visioning exercise


Can we look for inspiration of creating a sustainable mindset by looking at intercultural training tools? That was one of the questions I set out to answer in my session at the SIETAR Congress in Dublin at the end of May. The ProfESus Erasmus+ project is aimed at those who […]

A culture of sustainability



One of the first products released by the ProfESus project will be a collection of resources that can help teacher trainers to set up similar teacher training courses for teachers of vocational skills. This consists of two parts. The first part is a booklet of the basic principles of sustainability in […]

Resources for EfS in vocational training


Having established a need and demand, a new course should be built on learning outcomes. This is enshrined in many quality assurance processes and before any financial support is given either by government or supranational bodies such as the EU. Therefore having been granted financial support under the Erasmus+ programme […]

Built on learning outcomes


It was a pleasure to watch an accomplished, knowledgeable and honest politician at work yesterday when I went to hear Connie Hedegaard talking about climate change and what needs to be done on a political level. Hedegaard is no longer a politician but has been an MP in the Danish parliament, […]

Built on values



How to convince classroom teacher trainers that you can train vocational trainers to help their students develop a sustainability mindset online as well as face to face? As part of the Bonn Multiplier Event I ran a workshop on blended learning for sustainabilty. See the slides here. On the same page? The […]

Blended learning for sustainability