Staying With the Trouble in Management Education: A New Way of Teaching in Times Of Polycrisis?

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We present a new course that aims to strengthen the emotional competence of students to rise up to the climate crisis and other challenges of our time. Inspired by the "Good Grief Network", we offer a 10-step program for self-care and self-critique, questioning old narratives and developing new ones, social cohesion and meaningful action. The course creates a brave space where teachers and students can ask questions and share insights on an equal footing. As a counterbalance to its openness in terms of contents, each of the ten course sessions follows a firm structure that provides safety in dealing with difficult topics: Each session begins with a welcome statement, a check-in and an embodiment exercise to fully arrive. A text is then read out for each step, starting with accepting the severity of the predicament. The next steps deal with uncertainty, mortality, working on oneself, prejudices and biases, gratitude and beauty, self-care and guilt. The last two steps focus on possibilities for meaningful action. Each step is accompanied by reflection questions. At the heart of each session is the sharing of thoughts about the topic of the respective step. Participants can voluntarily share their thoughts on the subject; the others listen attentively without commenting or discussing. Each session ends with another embodiment exercise, a check-out round and a poem. Students share responsibility for co-creating the sessions by serving as co-facilitators and selecting the poems.
Period23 Feb 2024
Event titleGender, Work & Organization: Resisting Business-As-Usual Organizing for Hope & Justice in Times of Socio-Ecological Crises
Event typeWorkshop
LocationLinz, AustriaShow on map