The purpose of this section is to give members of TZM the chance to access and contribute towards delivering NLRBE concepts to young people of all ages, enabling them to work together towards a brighter future for their generation, and generations to come.
To help you in this regard this section contains:
- Suggested methods of approach regarding how to go about getting an opportunity to discuss these ideas at educational institutions.
- Collaborative and intriguing learning materials for different age groups in topics relevant to the transition to an NLRBE.
- Email and letter templates to help approach Schools and universities as well as a letter promoting educational reforms conducive to the development of the train of thought necessary for an NLRBE.
- Template power point presentations or pre-prepared videos regarding the current potential of technology to solve human and environmental problems.
If you are going to use the presentation approach it is advised to watch an example of the delivery of such a presentation before hand by viewing the talk at the top of this section.
If you would prefer not to adopt this approach please feel free to use the pre-prepared videos instead.
Why go into Schools?
Since adopting the communicative approach of going into educational institutions to discuss the NLRBE, I have found it to be the most beneficial and rewarding of all approaches.
One of the reasons for this is that children are far more likely to ask questions, rather than jump to conclusions regarding the idea.
The questions younger generations ask, tend to revolve around how the ‘nuts and bolts’ of the science and technology presented actually works instead of getting bogged down in political wrangling’s or other pre-ordained social constructs. The interesting point with these sorts of questions is that, as I am not an expert in any one of these subject areas specifically, I very often find myself having to say ‘I don’t know’ with far more regularity than in adult Q&A’s.
This openness and lack of hostility towards the movement’s message should not be put down to mere childish naivety. Children bring fresh eyes to old problems and rightly believe that they can change the world. It is these abilities that allow them to think ‘outside the box’ with regards to the sort of world they would like to live in and the problems they face.
In fact young people are very often a lot smarter and more capable of arriving at sensible decisions than many of the adult world give them credit for. A view well put across by Adora Svitak in the following TED talk:
Younger generations are also becoming more in tune with the notions of sustainability and the environment, due to issues such as climate change and recycling being propagated in the media and in Schools. This will likely make them more willing and able to appreciate the train of thought behind the NLRBE, and if they can appreciate and internalise these values early on, then they will be more likely to stay with them throughout adult life.
Furthermore, they will also be around for a lot longer than adults to be able to bring about the necessary changes to education and society to work towards the transition to a sustainable economic model.
The need for a strategic and effective communicative approach
Surely for a movement who advocate a strategic and efficient approach we would want to spend our time by going to a place where we are guaranteed a good number of attentive and open minded listeners, would we not? Schools and Universities provide the best opportunity for doing precisely this.
As things stand going into Schools has, as yet, not been taken up as a critically important strategy by the majority of NLRBE advocates. This is, in my view, a huge oversight and a missed opportunity in our activism efforts thus far. One in which you are now hopefully in the process of addressing by reading this.
Failing to prepare is preparing to fail
Before embarking on this task it is essential that you have reviewed all of the films, lectures, books and information on the subject of the NLRBE as possible before engaging with children, or any member of the public on such topics. If you come across as someone who has hastily rushed to the conclusion that this is a good idea, then people will assume that it has not been well thought through, and dismiss it out of hand.
The minds in the making section should hopefully provide many useful perspectives and materials to enable you to gain a better understanding of this direction, as well as some effective methods in delivering the ideas which comprise an NLRBE more effectively.
First impressions are of critical importance and it is our responsibility as advocates of this direction to do our upmost to ensure we communicate this information in a manner that the person we are engaging with can hear it best, rather than how we think they would like to hear it.
So please do join the global initiative to go into just one School or university to discuss these ideas and we are confident that once you have, you will want to go into more.
Please read the ‘Suggested methods of approach for Activism in Education’ before embarking on this project, as you should hopefully find some of the tips and advice suggested useful in this initiative.
If you have any further questions then please feel free to get in touch via the contact link and we will be more than happy to help where possible.
Disclaimer: People who wish to use the materials contained on this site in educational institutions should review the law in the area/region/country they are in with regards to contact with Children and take the necessary steps to ensure they meet all the criteria and legal requirements in this regard.
The upmost responsibility and conduct must be taken at all times to abide with the rules and regulations regarding contact with Children. TZM education, The Zeitgeist Movement or any other third party can in no way be held responsible for any individual who chooses to use the materials presented on this site.
People who do choose to use these resources do so as individuals and at their own risk. The views expressed by said individuals are not necessarily those of TZM education, The Zeitgeist Movement or any other third party.