John Motloch

Landscape Architecture & Land Design Institute

Ball State University

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Science, Complexity and Sustainability in the University of the Future part of Integrate:Workshops:Systems, Society, Sustainability and the Geosciences:Activities
This activity begins with a series of seminars that build student knowledge about systems, regenerative systems and complex adaptive systems. These seminars give students access to thought leaders that helps them develop their systems-thinking skills and ability to make whole-system decisions. The seminars develop student understanding of the Earth and the human Mind as complex adaptive systems; and how both can co-adapt to allow people to live within nature as a complex adaptive systems. The seminars also build student understanding of the relationship to different building traditions, science and sustainability; and their understanding of the relation of sustainability, system degradation and the converging forces of global change. It also builds student understanding of the relationships of complexity science, sustainable land systems, sustainable communities, and the cognitive shift from competitive to collaborative thinking and engagement. Students then apply this understanding in the conceptualization of a Regional University of the Future, and curricular approach to educating people to be societal leaders that could help communities address the profound environmental, social and economic challenges of the present and future. These include the challenges of: how to co-adapt with systems to produce an ecologically, socially and economically healthier world; how to live within nature's laws and limits; and how to help communities live within the dynamics of a place and culture to produce sustainable communities.


Sustainable Land Systems part of Integrate:Workshops:Systems, Society, Sustainability and the Geosciences:Courses
This interdisciplinary course explores regions and sites as parts of complex adaptive systems; and the integration of economic and community development within these systems in ways that promote sustained whole-system health and productivity. The course focuses on sustainable resource harvesting and regeneration, environmentally responsible materials and technologies, sustainable planning and design, community-region and building-site synergies, and other sustainable land system issues. In the course, readings inform small group seminar discussions that identify sustainable development issues. Knowledge about these issues is enhanced through lecture, videos, and increasingly through TED talks directed to each issue. The knowledge gained enriches subsequent small group seminars.


Sustainability, Collaboration and Complexity Science part of Integrate:Workshops:Systems, Society, Sustainability and the Geosciences:Essays
John Motloch, Landscape Architecture & Land Design Institute, Ball State University We are living in an exciting, unprecedented time, when the world within the mind (of an individual or culture) and the world ...

Events and Communities

InTeGrate Sustainability Courses Workshop July 2012