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Compass Youth Camp 2016 Comes to a Close

Team building on the ropes course.

Compass Youth Camp (CYC) 2016 camp has sadly come to an end! The participants, including the facilitators and coordinators, have been non-stop busy since day one. Throughout the week, students learned important systems analysis concepts and tools such as the Sustainability Compass, systems mapping, and feedback loops. While learning these, they also engaged in many […]

A Glimpse into the Action at the Compass Youth Camp 2016

A year has passed and the Compass Youth Camp (CYC) has once again commenced! This year we have students from all around Asia, coming in from international schools in Singapore, Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand and China. The main activities that these students will be taking part in are System Thinking activities, Amoeba roles, and Presentation tips. […]

Grade Four Business Unit of Study: Goods and Services

More systems thinking in grade 4 - 2

The Grade 4 unit of study, Goods and Services, was a unit which had historically centered around seeing how businesses run and the main ideas behind what businesses need to make a profit. It culminated in a ‘market day’ where student sold their own products that they had come up with and made to the school community at lunchtime. This year […]

Dorm Leadership

The Sustainability Compass model was shared with the students in the Dorm Leadership Council. These students make written proposals to the Dorm Administrators to make changes in the system. We had great discussions on why the Dorm Coordinator would not want to do some of the changes that the students want. It helped them realize other points of view as […]

Human Impact on Tioman Island

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Working with the Sustainability Coordinator, we identified our grade level trips as opportunities to utilize systems thinking on sustainability with students. As a result we created several lesson plans utilizing the Sustainability Compass. In the first lesson, all 6th grade students participate in the “HDB Condo Case Study” where they place the nearby construction of […]

Learning to Lead in a Changing World

CYC Organiser and Participants with Dara Ang Representatives

by Tegar Laga Joebhaar, Year 13, Lanna International School Thailand What steps would you take to maintain a sustainable nation? Well for five nights this summer, I was part of the Compass Youth Camp at Prem. The camp was a mix of outdoor activities and a workshop on sustainability. With a focus on youth leadership, […]

Students Teach Teachers about Sustainability at DAIS

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by Michael E. Baldwin This summer eighteen Dalian American International School (DAIS) students took part in leadership training and then provided professional development for the entire teaching staff of the school on sustainability. The leadership training which took place on August 5-6, 2015, was offered to students who demonstrated interest in leadership through summer internships […]