Date Seminar Details 2nd June The context A visit to the UK in June by Professor David Waltner-Toews, a Canadian, systems practicing, veterinary epidemiologist and published poet, provides a unique opportunity to explore new forms of creative systems practice that merge systems thinking, art and learning. David has extensive experience of applying his form of creative systems practice in developing countries and these experiences also provide inspiration for his poetry. On the day, he will be supported by other practitioners such as Tim Jackson (Climate Change / environmental stories on radio), Jaqui Lee (Climate change / popular drama), Tomomi Iguchi (director of CrossOver, work on art and water), and many others. We hope this will be the first of a series of events over the next 18 months sponsored by SPMC and the newly formed Open Systems research group (OSRG) to celebrate the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development which starts in January 2005. Stressing the importance that education has in environmental debates and actions is not new. Where novelty blossoms, though, is through the creation of new types of learning and teaching processes as well as through the opening up of educational institutional boundaries. It is in this spirit and for these reasons that this event is to be hosted by SPMC and OSRG. , Our focus In view of exploring some innovative paths that Systems practice in the context of 'environmental education' could take, as well as building up on previous experience and knowledge, SPMC and OSRG invite you to a one day event focused on CREATIVE SYSTEMS PRACTICE: ART FORMS, LEARNING PROCESSES and the ENVIRONMENT. We are interested in exploring how arts can help in contributing to the improvement of 'green higher education' as well as in capturing and representing the interdisciplinary and holistic essence of systems thinking and practice. Why? It can be argued that one of the primary purposes of the arts is to draw out issues of concern, to provoke, to raise awareness and to challenge. As such, art, design and the performing arts represent a particularly fertile area for cross-curriculum greening. There now exists an ecological art movement that comprises innumerable examples of initiatives that provoke public imagination into thinking about environmental concerns and sustainability as well as questions about social and personal attitudes towards the environment. Organisation of the day Some of these initiatives will be presented by a variety of guests in the morning, as well as through posters. After lunch, we will work in groups in view of developing some ideas of how to creatively 'learn and teach' about the issues raised in the afternoon talk on 'ecosystem health and sustainability' presented by David Waltner-Toews. Our objective is to facilitate a stimulating, inspiring and creative day during which our understanding of what helps people learn carries on improving in a convivial and creative way. Venue: The Old Lecture Theatre - from 10:30 - 4:30 Contact and registration: Monica Shelley (mailto:M.A.Shelley@open.ac.uk) or Sandrine Simon (mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org) Fee £20 including lunch 3rd June The next seminar in the Citizenship series is given by Aleksander Szczerbiak, from the University of Sussex, on 'Citizens Choosing Europe? Comparative Lessons from the 2003 EU Accession Referendums'. The event will be held in Room 006, Gardiner 1 on Thursday 3 June at 2pm. Everyone is welcome to attend. The seminars are funded by the Centre for Citizenship, Identity and Governance and organised by Raia Prokhovnikm Government and Politics.