Circular Economy & Education (English)

Table of content:

| • Intro | • MoNaTISA model | • Wabi Sabi (board)game | • Wabi Sabi Teaser | • Theoretical Foundation | • Chaorder |  • Cr8 Flow |

| Introduction |

What is a circular economy? And how does it connect to education? In a circular economy society is shaped in such a way that it can exist indefinitely. Mother nature also works this way due to her infinite cycles. Waste from one organism is always nourishment for another. This requires taking a different perspective. From an individual perspective it is either day or night. However, from the perspective of the planet it is always, simultaneously day and night. In the circular economy you always look at and from the whole. You can also call this a holistic perspective.

You can see this all around, think for instance about social media: every consumer is at the same time a producer or look at your smartphone: where your screen is also your keyboard. Especially learning and working are no longer bound by time or space. In our world, due to technology, you can work and learn anywhere, anytime simultaneously. This has huge implications for our educational system as a whole and also the schools, management and teachers. The world is changing so fast teachers simultaneously become students and students simultaneously become teachers.

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(Video is in Dutch but you can turn on English subitles)

| MoNaTISA model |

MoNaTISA stands for Mother Nature To Inspire Societies Ambitions. This model is a summary of a 2 hour long presentation about a circular economy, our nature and lifelong learning.  Interesed in this presentation? Send an email to request more information:

“At any given moment a caterpillar doesn’t know it will become a butterfly.”

This model has been designed as a folded leaflet. For a demonstration of this click here. License MoNaTISA model: Creative Commons By – NC – ND) Created and designed by Harm van den Wijngaard, Martijn Derksen and Anne Nabuurs.

| Wabi Sabi boardgame |

The Wabi Sabi boardgame is based on the train of thought behind the MoNaTISA model. To experience directly and firsthand how the world is changing a game has been develop in which you will go through different era’s. When the context of an era changes the rules of the game change. This is both frustating and exciting as new possibilities will emerge.


| Teaser Wabi Sabi |

Footnote: Knowledge and your left hemisphere will remain valuable and needed. All era’s build upon the previous ones. Therefore it is not thinking in left- OR right hemisphere bur rather left- AND right hemisphere. Not knowledge or skills but rather knowledge AND skills. This requires us to think differently, no more separation between subjects but a unified whole. This holisitic perspective is required to understand a circular economy.

This is train of thought is not neccesarily represent the viewpoint of Fontys or the Fontys Educational Centre. This train of thought has been developed by Anne Nabuurs, Harm van den Wijngaard and Martijn Derksen.


| Theoretical Framework |

The books you’ll see on the image below are the foundation of the MoNaTISA model as well as the Wabi Sabi game.  For more free, mindshifting media, please see this page.



| Chaorder |

This game is not a plae for anarchy or control. Rather it is about a synergy betwoon chaos and order: chaorder. Also see; Birth of the Chaordic Age a book from 1999 by Dee Hock.



| Cr8 Flow |

“We are a branch in this metaphor. We offer support and a foundation for everyone as a student of life to transform itself into an enthuasistic, inspired and energetic human being going into the wide world.”