Be(coming) an Ambassador of Transformative Change from the Inside Out

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Intrapersonal competency was recently added to the key competencies in sustainability framework (Brundiers et al., Sustain Sci (Online), 2020; Wiek et al., Sustain Sci 6:203–218, 2011). How it can be developed within sustainability education is yet to be explored. However, theoretically-supported and evidence-based insights from interpersonal competency development can give initial guidance. Three social theories and practices are presented as inspiration for intrapersonal competency development on the course level. These are Theory U, permaculture, and non-violent communication. A newly designed course in the field of social and sustainable entrepreneurship education serves as an example of how the often neglected inner dimension of sustainability can be actively accounted for in and even before the classroom. The potential to facilitate transformative change on both the personal and societal level is discussed. This paper can be useful for course designers and facilitators who strive for holistic change from the inside out.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEducating the Sustainability Leaders of the Future
EditorsWalter Leal Filho, Amanda Lange Salvia, Eric Pallant, Beth Choate, Kelly Pearce
Number of pages19
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Publication date11.03.2023
ISBN (Print)978-3-031-22855-1
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-031-22856-8
Publication statusPublished - 11.03.2023

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    Research areas

  • Education for sustainable development (ESD), Intrapersonal competency development, Non-violent communication, Permaculture, Sustainability transformations, Theory U
  • Educational science