Knowledge Transfer

A lot of what we learn, particularly about complex subjects, comes from books. When we truly want to learn, we don't want new knowledge to be imposed on us. We want to be in control of our learning, making our own choices and proceeding at our own pace. That is why books are so powerful and effective tools of learning. We choose what we want to read, we don't feel pressured in any way to accept the content, we can put the book away when we want and even throw it away if we wish to. Even listening to someone giving a presentation doesn't have the same level of comfort. In the presence of a speaker there is some pressure to listen and to accept what the speaker presents. Such pressure is even bigger if there are one-on-one or small group conversations involving an expert in any given field. When reading books there is, of course, the disadvantage of not having direct contact with the person who allegedly possesses the knowledge in which we have interest. The more direct contact, the better are the chances to ask questions and get more clarification about any given topic.

At the Centre we will promote and present all possible ways of knowledge transfer. First, we will have an extensive and unique library relevant to learning subjects offered in the Centre. Clients will be able to review the books and be aware of which may be worthy of buying for further learning. Then, the Centre will try to bring in people with specific knowledge and experience for which there is demand. That will, of course, depends on availability of funds. But thanks to communication technology even more known authors and experts can potentially offer live and interactive presentations and sessions with participants in ways that can be more affordable. The Centre will be fully equipped with modern technology that allows for such distant communications.

We will bring to the Centre local people who have some important knowledge and experience to share directly and also take clients to nearby places and people who practice food sustainability on their farms, in their small food shops and other places. These people will share very practical and useful knowledge that comes from their experience.

If there is public demand for listening to some more recognized authorities in different fields, the Centre may organize, possibly in partnership with other organizations, sessions and events. These may take place where there is more convenient access for urban people and more room to accommodate a larger number of learners.