New Thinking for a New World: Food
Appreciate how you can can go beyond ‘linear thinking’ and think more effectively using the ideas of systems, diversity, resilience, vulnerability, flexibility and adaptation.
In a deeply uncertain and unpredictable world, made all the more evident with the ongoing challenges of the SARS-CoV- 2 virus, we are entering uncharted waters as a species. Now is the time to think completely differently than we ever have before: a new way of thinking. How do we do that? What does
this new thinking look like?
A good way to think about this is by looking at everything around us as a set of relationships or maybe like a spider's web. We will begin by looking at how the food on our plates gets there, one of the most serious issues of concern during this lockdown.
The highly interactive sessions will involve working independently and in small groups as well as sharing and discussing your work with others. Through these assignments, students will appreciate how they can go beyond ‘linear thinking’ and think more effectively using the ideas of systems, diversity, resilience, vulnerability, flexibility and adaptation.
Students will also begin to appreciate how these ideas can be applied to different systems.
Radha is senior mentor and course designer at GenWise.
Her view of the world is one of hidden connections and she believes that a significant part of learning is to unearth these connections. She is an environmental scientist by training, with a deep interest in exploring and practicing "transformative education for sustainable living". Towards this effort she is engaging actively with rural and urban communities to further the idea of food sovereignty.
After 18 years as a global environmental consultant, Radha also wore the teacher's hat for several years at the Rishi Valley School, teaching Environmental Sustainability. She is a Visiting Faculty at the School of Development, Azim Premji University, Bengaluru and engages actively in popular education efforts around sustainability.
Radha has a bachelor's degree in Genetics from the Madras University, a Master's from Osmania University, and a Ph.D from IIT Bombay in Environmental Science.