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I’m Grant Symons. I convene Transition Edge to help us understand how we can transition to a low carbon sustainable world using leading thinking and practices.
We have written for years about the danger of getting caught up with experts that convince us to outsource our thinking. Trust us on this one, there are few true experts in anything now (at least for very long) and especially in the rapidly evolving fields of climate change, adaption, mitigation and transition.
Yes we all like to feel in control, even if doing so leads us to believing in unicorns and fairy-tales, or fleeting moments when the world seems to line up with our mental map. As they say, a stopped clock can still be right at a moment in time. We risk walking this familiar (false transition) track when doing much of the standard training and capability development available in the market today.
To the contrary, what we are learning through Real Transition Leaders and the wonderful folks we get to work with is, there is a different and far more rewarding pathway to take. One where we can be learner and teacher on a reciprocal basis - this is part of THQ's values and has been our intention from the beginning.
Being in this type of relationship is a real privilege and it has long been understood by Māori. It is embodied in the word 'ako'.
Ako means both teach and learn. It recognises the knowledge that both teachers and learners bring to learning interactions, and it acknowledges the way that new knowledge and understandings can grow out of shared and reciprocal learning experiences.