"We shall not cease from exploration and the end of our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time."
— T.S. Eliot
This program introduces high school students to the modern story of interconnections. In our wired human centred lives where we often separate things rather than think of them as connected, our tendency is to focus on the parts and pieces that make up our world. This can lead to a greater understanding of the bits but often at the expense of a heightened understanding of the whole.
Disconnected by high velocity lives, busyness and preoccupied by a world of things we become a culture of sleepwalkers who are unaware of the fragile food and energy systems that support us and who are oblivious to significant issues that require our attention. Tied into a global economy we lose our practical and direct connections with where we live and the source of the products we consume. Our lifestyles can become agents of violence and damage way beyond our knowing.
The Connections program provides students the opportunity to see their world the way it is — connected and whole. It identifies both the barriers and the bridges to seeing the world this way. With an understanding and appreciation of interrelatedness students begin to get the 'big picture' — a world buzzing with interconnections and awash with ripple effects from individual and collective actions. It is from this place that citizenship grows.
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