OPEN GROUND place-based education and consultancy
Ethos


Open Ground


Open Ground


Open Ground


Open Ground


Open Ground

BACKGROUND

Open Ground was set up to respond creatively and positively to the increasingly urgent social and environmental issues which we face. Through place-based education and research, we can make sure our actions, at work, in our community or at home, arenít destroying the places which we depend on. Engaging with our local landscape increases our health and the health of the places where we live.

 

Open Ground works from a strong values base, here are some of the points of our ethos:

 

Changes should be motivated by care not fear Open Ground runs projects to learn about and enjoy the landscape and explore how we fit into it.  We do this in the natural environment not in a lecture hall or watching a t.v. screen.  This bases experience and undertanding on personal experiences, rather than prophesies of doom. 

 

Human minds and bodies fit into natural systems – we have evolved in nature for the vast majority of our human existence, so interactions with nature are natural to us.  It is important to explore our human place in the world, rather than set up a big distinction between us and nature. This happens through exploring human stories and landscapes and our interaction with places for better or worse.

 

Start with where you are – our local places, both urban and rural provide a realistic scale to interact with, and a context through which to understand wider problems.  While trips away are great, learning to see where we live in new ways anchors our understanding and motivation in places we can be involved with on a daily basis.

 

Our health and the health of our landscapes are intimately linkedOpen Ground works with children and teachers to physically and emotionally explore the life and history of the landscape, bringing into focus the quality of our relationships, both natural and social.  Learning about sensitive connection to natural systems through our food, our recreation, and our work allows both nature and human nature to flourish.

 

We are all responsible – there are no simple solutions, our interconnection with the environment is inevitably both positive and negative.  But becoming more aware of our places brings them back into our lives, and we are heathier for it.

 

top of page


Open Ground


Open Ground


Open Ground


Open Ground


Open Ground

Call 07584 855 846 for futher information or email sam@openground.eu

© Open Ground 2009            Site created by Canny Publishing