Earth Education and communication encourages thinking about co-existence and interdependence while navigating complex issues concerning the natural world.
It allows one to build perspectives and think through the complexity of issues related to the environment from the point of view of other species and rooted in ecology, various positions and movements in environmental history, and at the meeting point of economics and ethics. Further, it allows one to engage with art, design and technology through the units to present and communicate complex information in a meaningful manner to support discovery and communicate information across a range of environmentally relevant issues.
Through the course, one is introduced to diverse media and data that range from the artistic, informative to the technological and encourages them to find their own forms for communication and curating experiences. The core of this field lies in perception and interpretation of information in order to communicate. Communication can be personal, artistic and creative, it can also move into the space of a designer and expand into social communication and advocacy. Contemporary, exploratory and evocative, EEC offers space for crafting creativity and communication in a time of ecological crisis.
People in this field are cross pollinators. They can grasp the crucial links in any context from their roots in understanding environmental issues, contentious debates, problems of growth and development, and justice in relation to all beings. They can curate and design information, communication or educational programmes with the knowledge base they build. Driven by a desire to connect and evoke, they are willing explorers of simple and complex contexts alike. From environmental issues to human rights, from civic media to information visualization, from puppetry to web-design, their breadth and range of work are varied and experimental driven by the contexts they choose to work in. They take communication to a new level in their ability to work across diverse fields through varied visualizations and technical explorations embedded in an ecological consciousness.
By opting for this course, one can evolve highly independent practice; ideate with far-reaching insights in whatever positions they choose to work in. From environmental to social communication, Educational design, creative arts and design to technology based fields, advisory roles for corporates, graduates of this program have a wide and diverse playground to explore and find their niche.
Anyone who is willing to engage with the natural world and communities, analyze, evaluate and deepen their practice with relevance to contexts can become an EEC practitioner. Being willing to embrace diverse kinds of media would be critical to developing educational or communication models, frameworks and engagements. If you are someone who is not completely satisfied with the idea of being an artist or a designer or environmentalist but feel that you want to bridge these worlds, this could be very relevant course for you. Further if you are someone who is keen to understand the contentious debates and approaches that surround working with the environment, your will find this course providing critical perspectives to help you find your own voice. The goal of this course is to inspire people from diverse disciplines who seek to build their practices in an ecological frame.
At Srishti, we particularly focus on issues, contexts and communities that have social and environmental relevance. If you are someone who is looking to make a difference in these areas and have a strong passion to tackle wicked problems, this would be a good fit for you.
An EEC practitioner would benefit from an inherent inclination to explore and understand the natural world and the diverse human relationships within it.They would benefit from practicing and engaging with different media and modes of representation. These could range from drawing and painting media to performing arts, technology and softwares,engineering, writing and graphic design. An EEC practitioner essentially plays with diverse forms of representation to create new ways to engage people in an ecological frame. Their strength lies in this diversity and a deeper understanding of symbiotic relationships in the natural world. Reflective storytelling is an essential skill that cuts across all the diversity in this program and becomes the core essence of communication. A willingness to traverse across disciplines are attitudes that will hold the EEC practitioner in good stead.
The focus of this course is to critically inquire into "being human" and if it is possible to achieve a symbiotic relationship with the evolving natural world around us; Value life with empathy, integrity and deep perception of all the interconnections and politics that allow life to co-exist on this planet. The key need is to learn to appreciate enduring and overarching values and principles of life and engage with wisdom traditions to interpret contexts, communities, the more-than-human world, data, information and creativity.
Communication and interpretation of information using diverse media, formats and methods with these ideas of symbiosis is an important aspect of this course. We work with art, design and technology to deal with wicked problems, contexts, and communities in the integrated spaces of social, environmental, economic and political issues.