From comments given here at QE, in e-mails I have received, and from colleagues, I got the message that maybe tackling global warming might be a reach beyond! Taking all of that into consideration, but especially doing an informal focus group test (with students), and in thinking through how I would actually get through examples, I am happy to announce a revision of my original slide set for the upcoming summer course I plan to teach!!!!
Actually, I can't believe, in retrospect, that I hadn't thought of this before. But it hit me like a bolt of lightening last night, and I have been feverishly working on the revision all morning. Instead of focusing on a scary PROBLEM, I've settled on focusing on ... (drum roll) PERMACULTURE.
I've been preaching the virtues of permaculture as the application of systems science (specifically systems ecology) to achieve sustainable living for a long time now. What better model to use in explicating the virtues of systems science than this??? Rather than talk about a downer predicament that might not really have any solution, systems engineered or otherwise, and come to the end of the course without answers, wouldn't it be better to present an already worked out "solution" to sustainable living as a framework for learning about systems science and thinking?
Many heartfelt thanks to those of you who urged caution and reconsideration of my chosen motivating topic. I actually think I will bring much more passion to the course as a result of switching to permaculture. I'm even thinking about some field trips to see local permaculture operations.
If you want to see the revisions the revised slides have replaced the old ones at: