January 2021 update
- 14 January 2020
- Posted by: todd
- Category: EarthDiverse News
EarthDiverse is just getting started. We’re a new organisation that incorporates a more comprehensive view of all that Planet 3 has to offer: one that combines all the depth and breadth of human diversity—our social, cultural, ethnic, linguistic and religious diversities—with the vast but threatened splendor of the environmental and biological diversity of our world.
In the coming months and year(s), EarthDiverse will continue to offer courses, workshops and seminars; the religious diversity classes will continue to be offered but, over time, we will introduce additional classes that encompass both our cultural and environmental diversities. We’ll also move towards developing educational resources, integrative programmes with hands-on learning opportunities and experiential components, and research and publication projects all designed to better inform us of, and engage with, the multiple diversities of which we are an integral part.
At the moment, our new non-profit, charitable organisation is just beginning to take shape, but at its heart is the notion of active engagement with diversity and the principle that learning should be fun and enjoyable in addition to being informative, and the approach that knowledge should be experienced and shared rather than simply known or understood.
In addition to our Language programmes in Hebrew, Hindi and Urdu, we added Arabic in 2020, and in 2021 we are pleased to introduce Japanese, Portuguese and Swahili. Our language classes are designed specifically for our mainstream majority populations to better engage with, and learn about, our Aotearoan minorities, i.e. non-European languages not usually taught in New Zealand. Additional languages will continue to be offered in the future, so stay tuned! Please visit our Language page for more information.
We’ve also recently added courses in Art & Architecture, History, and Myth & Storytelling in 2020, and in 2021 we are introducing new subjects with courses in Philosophy and Biodiversity/Environment, and discussion groups with such topics as “The Big Questions” (Terms 1 & 2) and our “Death Cafe” in Term 3.
We have also launched a seminar series on current issues of diversity, with invited guest speakers on a wide variety of topical issues. See our Upcoming Events and Previous Events pages for more information.