Leaders and real world problems

My new work arrangements are in a state of evolution. For the last 40 years I have been part of organisations, some of them very large. Now, I am an organisation of one! As I reflect on last week’s activities, I realise how lucky I am to have taken this opportunity.

From Monday to Thursday I was working in an AusAID funded project masterminded by my friend and colleague, Jack Frawley. This involved me in working with 8 leaders from Kiribati – 5 in education and 3 in NGOs, as they developed a plan for an action project on their return home after a six week learning experience in Australia. The experience of working with people whose lives, and those of their children, are at the mercy of rising sea levels made the message of climate change very real for me. As they addressed their powerless state – in the face of developed nations who keep burning fossil fuels while Kiribati slowly succumbs to rising sea levels – they were often moved to tears, especially as they considered what the future holds in store for their children.The highest point in Kiribati is 4 metres above sea level. Some estimates indicate that sea level will rise by 2 metres in under 20 years.This won’t leave much of Kiribati! I owe my iKiribati colleagues a great debt for their sharing.

The plight of nations like Kiribati is grave, and urgent. And it is, like the canary in the mine, a warning to all of us who share this planet. Climate change creates a major challenge for us as educators. How can we sensitise our students to this very pressing reality? How can we contribute to a change of mind and heart in our developed world before it is too late?

A change of tack

In the middle of this year, after 40 years of working for Catholic education in NSW and elsewhere, I decided to make a significant change in my career by hanging out my shingle and beginning to work freelance as Bezzina Consulting from the start of 2018.

I’ll be using this blog to chronicle my new adventure, and to share what I learn with anyone who has the time and interest to drop in from time to time. During the remainder of 2017 my entries are likely to be sporadic as I am fully occupied in my role as Director of Teaching and Learning at Sydney Catholic Schools. I may use the blog to share some of the material that I am working on for a new book on Authentic Learning for Sydney Catholic Schools. Watch this space!