Ateliers: Problem-Based Field Workshops Around the World
Ateliers are problem-solving workshops conducted in local communities around the world. Ateliers combine guest lectures, case studies, and student-led research on a specific socio-environmental issue in a particular place. Ateliers take students out of the classroom and place them in the field where they are able to study an issue firsthand and develop the measurements, tools, and strategies necessary to resolve it.
- Spring 2013 | Biodiversity and Livestock Well-being
Students joined local researchers and international experts in breaking new ground by exploring the connection between biodiversity--from microbes to grass to predators--and the health and well-being of livestock. This course combined in-class time to understand the background on the issues with a week-long field course touring cattle farms in Vermont. Participants produced a joint review paper in the process of submission and developed future research projects at the Gund.
- Summer 2013 | Advanced Agroecology
The 7th International Agroecology Shortcourse was held in Vermont, gathering students and other participants from around the world to study agroecological approaches for climate change and food systems resilience. The course focused on integrating ecological and social sciences with farmer's knowledge to both design and manage more sustainable agri-food systems and address global environmental change.
- Summer 2011 | Forests, Fire, Restoration and Biomass Energy in New Mexico
In this atelier students worked with the non-profit Forest Guild in the Mt. Taylor district of the Cibola National Forest, located near the Navajo and Zuni Reservations in northwestern New Mexico. It was part of an ongoing project that works with local stakeholders to restore degraded forests using strategies including replanting, fire management and biomass harvesting.
- Spring 2011 | Vermont Common Assets Trust
Students researched how to quantify available revenue in Vermont using common assets such as atmospheric absorption of carbon and groundwater use. The findings informed policy recommendations for legislators, which introduced students to the process of forming public policy and public finance.
- Spring 2010 | Marine Ecosystem Tradeoffs in the Gulf of Maine
The Massachusetts Oceans Act was passed in 2008 requiring that the state develop a comprehensive plan to manage development in its waters. This atelier examined multiple uses in the waters of Massachusetts, such as fisheries, whale watching, energy infrastructure, and conservation.
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Have an Idea or Need for an Atelier?
Gund ateliers occur wherever there is a need for the solutions they provide. There are no strict guidelines that qualify an issue or a community for an atelier. Working in intimate collaboration with local institutions and other stakeholders, each atelier leaves behind a legacy of hope as it provides a unique learning experience for all involved. If interested, please contact us today.
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