Entering a new decade is a daunting, yet exciting thing. It's the time for grand new visions, big ideas, ambitions, hopes... A horizon of ten years in which a transformative idea can be conceived, built and delivered. A timeframe in which a child learns how to be an adult. It's also a decade in which everything seems to be accelerating, not least climate change.
And with a climate now irrevocably changed, there's no time to waste.
Which is why Cymbrogi hosted its first working session this month with an inspiring group of teachers, sustainability wonks, wellbeing experts and storytellers... on our glorious site in Pembrokeshire. With Wales' Wellbeing of Future Generations Act as our compass, its brand new curriculum as our north star, and the UN Global Goals as our backdrop, we got to work...
For the first time in over a year, I no longer felt like an impostor. For in the room with me, were people who had spent up to 20 years in an education system that they knew was no longer fit for purpose. They were there because they believed in a different way of learning, that placed wellbeing and sustainability at its heart.
So, together with these creative companions, fuelled by fresh air, sea views and home-made soup, we started to design 3 day residential programmes for kids and teachers that we hope will equip them with the knowledge, skills and mindsets to take on uncertain and challenging futures... How do you teach a 12 year old about the Circular Economy, or help them to build emotional resilience? What does 'wellbeing' mean to a burned-out teacher? Why is connecting to nature so important in all of these things?
I'm delighted to say, we agreed vigorously on most things, and much cake was eaten. And we have an ambitious pilot plan in the making for Autumn 2020.... 5 schools, 30 kids, 3 days...
Starting small, but thinking big.
So excited to be working with this inspirational group of change-makers!
This is the decade that has to count.