Learning Approaches

First, we intentionally have avoided using the verbs such as teaching or educating since we believe that the learning occurs only when a person wants to acquire new knowledge, understanding or skills and it should not be forced on anyone. At the Centre, we want to create various opportunities that stimulate and enhance learning but it is up to participants to define what and how they want to learn.

The most common way of learning is when those who know more or know something that we don't share that with us and this can be called Knowledge Transfer. This method will still be a big part of the learning opportunities offered at the Centre. For some types of knowledge, when issues are complex and require time to gradually absorb them, this may be the only way of learning. However, learning is much more effective if it happens through direct experience. That is what we call Demonstration and Hands-On Learning. Network Learning is the third kind of learning. We hope and expect that while such learning starts at the Centre, it will later extend and grow beyond its initial space and scope. People who at some point participated in the Centre's activities will share their knowledge and skills among themselves and with others with whom they are connected through their networks.

Yet, another type of learning that is very important, but not directly related to any topics presented at the Centre, is learning about Community Building. There are many misconceptions about what a community is and few understand how to bring it to our relationships and to nurture it so it doesn't go away. Networks are very important for all who are involved in learning about sustainability and particularly all aspects of food & health connections. If they better understand how to bring and keep true community spirit in their network relations, that will enhance their learning and will make the effort more effective.