Ethics

Principles

Principles

Use Creativity and Adapt to Change

The ability to use creativity and adapt to change is not only about forming original ideas. It is also about constructing, deconstructing, designing and imagining known objects, actions, ideas, concepts or methods, or parts and pieces of these things. We want to be able to skillfully and resourcefully re-arrange and integrate what is already there […]

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Use Edges and Value the Marginal

An edge is where two or more things meet. This interface, like where an open field meets the forest, is often the most interesting, productive, diverse, and valuable part of a system. There you find the most diversity and abundance. Think about it, can you walk within a forest fairly easily? Yes. Can you walk […]

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Use and Value Diversity

Diversity is at the core of life. Human diversity is also key to creativity, resilience, and a vibrant, healthy human society. Each person, each child, is an individual with intrinsic worth and it is essential that we use and value the diversity within and between learners, among other people, and in our environment. Knowing yourself […]

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Small and Slow Solutions

Take a deep breath and slow down for a moment. What we see and experience in life changes when we do this. If you are traveling down a dirt road by car, what your senses take in is dramatically different than if you were strolling down that road on foot. Therefore, being mindful and grateful, […]

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Integrate Rather Than Segregate

Life is about relationships and interactions. Learning and life are, in reality, inextricable interconnected, just as is anything and everything on Earth. It is important and empowering to understand how elements integrate because everything is part of a system and often systems are part of other systems. A healthy vibrant ecosystem is a mass of […]

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Design from Patterns to Details

There are patterns all around us, from the large-scale patterns of our universe to nano-scale of atoms, and in everything we learn. This includes patterns in nature, to patterns in a poem, to patterns in how communities form and interact. There are patterns in time, social structures, landscapes, and conceptual systems of all sorts. Designing […]

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Produce No Waste

By valuing and making use of all the resources in our lives, nothing goes to waste. Waste, ultimately, is nothing more than an unused output or yield. Waste is not inherently worthless, an association often made when people think of waste. It is simply something unused and often discarded. However, by being thoughtful and innovative […]

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Use and Value Resources

What is a resource? Is it a thing? Living or nonliving? Can a highway be a resource? How about a pesticide? Sewer systems? A person? Information or an idea by itself? Action taken based on that information or idea? What about a strategy or process; can these be considered a resource? What about something like […]

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Apply Self-Regulation and Accept Feedback

Self-regulation is about the ability to act in your own long-term best interest, consistent with your ethics, beliefs, and values… and aligned with that of your community and the world. In a holistic, balanced context these values align and enrich the long-term interests of community (and community is not just made up of people). It […]

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Obtain a Yield

Everything that we learn and do has the potential to create a vast range of potential benefits and yields. There is a great value in learning to take responsibility, meeting our own needs through using and valuing our resources, and obtaining a yield to better care for ourselves, others, and the earth. This includes not only […]

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