The Pollination Academy is a school first and foremost. Through learning pathways and local actions, we strive to form a community and a network - and to invest in human and natural quantum leaps. We act out of a sense of meaning, driven by the engagement we notice in the hive of humans capable of contributing so much more to regeneration and a life-based civilisation.
We bring 20+ years of experience with learning processes. We have also been looking around, seeing pioneer schools like Barefoot College, New Institute and Slow Factory bridge the gap between what we can do together and what we are told is impossible.
What we have taken from our inspirations are simple, but strong principles:
Touching and being touched, by soils, beings, minds, places
Being open, curious, transparent and solidary
Putting gentle action transcend disciplines
Creating a common core and celebrating difference
The partners behind Pollination Academy are creating a local and global program inviting learners to progress in their pollination skills - so they may learn and act locally (Local Pollinator), creating life-supporting local interventions; and so that they may drive both local and translocal networked community processes (Pollination Pilot).
We have seen again and again how the many good forces tend to work apart from each other and too far away from where decisions are made.
With the pollination method, we will focus on what we call Double Sustainable Impact: defining goals and mapping the value of an area (bottom-up) – but also making partnerships with landowners, municipalities, and companies (top-down).
This way, the work of the pollinators will be to unite and bridge between the needs of life and the power of giving. The exam will be a locally based change process and will lead to the Urban Pollinator diploma.
We will be running small test sessions in the spring and summer of 2021, and starting up our first Pollinator Class from September 2021 to May 2022. We aim to have at least three classes running by the beginning of 2022, at least one of which will be at the Øresundskollegium.
The Pollinator Academy will be run by funding and partnerships, so they will be free of charge.