Virtual Retreat & Working Sessions | April 29th, April 30th, May 1st, May 2nd, 2020 (Subject to change)

Join us from April 29 - May 2 for a series of interactive, online events designed to help our institution build new muscles in metacognition and transform to meet our times.

Sustainability and resilience are even more important as we co-learn transformative resilience in response to the dramatic disruptions of COVID-19 - which exacerbate the cascading ecological, economic, energy and equity crises of our times. 

We must address future-facing issues in teaching and learning, research, engagement, cultural connections, operations and in how we approach leadership and shared governance.

This series of events culminates in a keynote presentation "Activating Relevance to Heal Our World: A Tita Perspective" by Dr. Manulani Aluli Meyer, (Konohiki - Kulana o Kapoleia Hawaiʻi Papa O Ke Ao Initiative - Hawaiian Learning at UH West Oʻahu) which will frame three working breakout sessions exploring the role of the university as we face increasingly uncertain futures together.

Wednesday, April 29 @12 noon | Lunchtime keynote: “A Green Blueprint: Towards an Ecological Civilization with an Eco-Design University” (60 min)

Andrei Shkvorov presents a report from the Consilience Think Tank entitled, “A Green Blueprint: Toward an Ecological Civilization with an Eco-Design University”.

Andrei is graduate researcher at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, chief technology officer of the IKE Green platform, and editor of the biweekly bulletins “Consilience Notes” and “Bounce Forward”.

UPDATE: The webinar slides are now available (URL shortcut: http://blueprint.ike.green)

Thursday, April 30 @12 noon | Lunchtime keynote: “Inspiring Climate Action by Envisioning Higher Education for Sustainability after the Sh*t Hit(s) the Fan” (60 min)

Paul Morgan, shares a presentation he delivered at the Association for the Advancement for Sustainability in Higher Education last year entitled “Inspiring Climate Action by Envisioning Higher Education for Sustainability after the Sh*t Hit(s) the Fan”.

Dr. Morgan is a Professor in the Department of Educational Foundations and Policy Studies at West Chester University of Pennsylvania (WCU).

He is the founder and director WCU’s certificate programs in Education for Sustainability (EFS) and from 2011 to 2014 served as the University’s Sustainability Coordinator. Dr. Morgan chairs the board of ACEER (Amazon Center for Environmental Education and Research) and is a frequent presenter at conferences and workshops related to sustainability and education. He earned a BA from the University of Illinois (1985) and a Ph.D. from Columbia University (1998).

UPDATE: Video recording of this presentation available here.

Thursday, April 30 @7pm | Pre-working session virtual cocktail party! (90min)

Grab a mocktail / cocktail and join for an informal group dialogue exploring our reflections on the required readings (which will be emailed soon to confirm your registration) and the recommended watch-ahead documentaries "Ivory Tower" (available on Amazon Prime) and "Higher Education: The New Global Economic War" (available to most UH campuses via Kanopy).

Key outcomes we will be working towards in the session include:

  • Share feedback received on draft policy updates
  • Share reflections about curated materials
  • Get to know each other


Friday, May 1 @12 noon | Lunchtime Keynote “Academia Next and Thoughts on Climate Change Education” (60 min)

Bryan Alexander Senior Scholar at Georgetown University will share a presentation entitled - “Academia Next and Thoughts on Climate Change Education”, followed by an interactive Q&A session.

Bryan is an internationally known futurist, researcher, writer, speaker, consultant, and teacher, working in the field of how technology transforms education.

He currently teaches graduate seminars in their Learning, Design, and Technology program at Georgetown University.

Bryan recently finished Academia Next: The Futures of Higher Education for Johns Hopkins University Press (January 2020).  His two most recent books are Gearing Up For Learning Beyond K-12 and The New Digital Storytelling (second edition).

UPDATE: Video recording of this presentation available here.


Friday, May 1 @7 pm | “Activating Relevance to Heal Our World: A Tita Perspective” Keynote & Breakout Sessions (120 Min)

Join us for a plenary session exploring the future of higher education, followed by interactive working group discussions.

Key outcomes we will be working towards in the session include:

  • Consider potential futures of higher education together
  • Reflect upon opportunities for the University to evolve and bounce forward from the COVID crisis  
  • Begin to articulate recommendations for the event organizers to carry forth to senior leadership
  • Invite ongoing participation in working groups for ongoing action  


WELCOME | (hosted by Krista Hiser) 

INTRODUCTION | “What has happened since our last gathering on Hawaiʻi Island in 2018?” 

  • Matthew K Lynch - Director of Sustainability Initiatives, 
    University of Hawaiʻi System


KEYNOTE | “Activating Relevance to Heal Our World: A Tita Perspective”

UPDATE: Video recording of this presentation available here.

  • Dr. Manulani Aluli Meyer - Konohiki - Kulana o Kapolei, a Hawaiʻi Papa O Ke Ao Initiative - Hawaiian Learning at UH West Oʻahu


Q&A  (15 min): 

  • Moderated by Matthew K Lynch & Krista Hiser


BREAKOUT SESSIONS | “How might the University transform to meet these times?”

Working Groups for Breakout Sessions:

  • Teaching, Learning & Curriculum
  • Student Engagement
  • Community Engagement
  • Research & Scholarship
  • Leadership & Shared Governance


SHARE OUT FROM BREAKOUT SESSIONS.

CLOSING & NEXT STEPS FOR SATURDAY:

  • Reflect, ponder, discuss, dream, wonder, write, read, research, refine, iterate, share relevant resources
  • See you tomorrow!

Saturday, May 2 | 5pm (Working Session) (120 Min):

Join us for follow up discussions that are shaped by the previous two days' interactive sessions. 

We will begin to articulate next steps to carry our ideas forth, so that we can individually & collectively participate in calling forth the (k)new futures we are experiencing now.

Key outcomes we will be working towards in the session include:

  • Consider perspectives from other Working Groups
  • Articulate next steps to carry forth our work


WELCOME BACK & INTRODUCTION

  • Setting context & intention for this evening's work together


RECONNECTING & SHARING REFLECTIONS:

  • What are you still wondering about?
  • What’s alive for you? 


WORKING GROUP SESSION II:

  • Breakout Group Discussions
  • Synthesize feedback and articulate next steps

CLOSING & NEXT STEPS.

(Optional) share your ideas, questions, articles, links, and news

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