Compass Education provides educators with the Sustainability Compass and Accelerator tools, methods and strategies developed by Alan AtKisson (first introduced to the education sector in 2009) that enable teachers to effectively integrate sustainability into any lesson or activity and allows students to see the world as the interconnected whole that it is, and not just as reducible and isolated pieces from one perspective. Changing or shifting our dominant thinking paradigm that will usher in a sustainable world will require some reorientation of how we learn.

The Sustainability Compass is our foundational framework and thinking model for cultivating a systems thinking and sustainability ‘habit of mind’. It is the perfect tool to make it easy for educators to tie together the curriculum and for learners to comprehend and understand what they are learning with a more realistic and ‘big picture’ perspective, that can provide greater relevance to their own concerns and dreams for the future.

Sustainability Compass & Accelerator Tools


Orientation, Note taking, Inquiry and Question Formulation, Comparative Analysis, Synthesis, Envisioning, Stakeholder Engagement, Management, and Assessment are some of the educational uses of the Sustainability Compass. This tool is essentially a thinking and orientation frame or lens for sustainability. It translates the complexity of the world into four simple to remember directional points (N, E, S, W), which translate into the four key dimensions of sustainability: Nature, Economy, Society, and Well-being.


The Pyramid is a highly effective process tool for running Sustainability Workshops and group processes focused on Learning, Project or Action Planning, and Developing Consensus on Action. “Building the Pyramid” is a can be used in different ways: as an introductory training on sustainable development; as a planning workshop for creating new initiatives, projects, visions, or strategies; and as a multi-stakeholder process for building consensus around a course of action. It can even do all three of these things at the same time.


Innovation, Change Planning, Developing “Change Agents” for Sustainability “Amoeba” includes a set of tools for accelerating innovation, planning for change, and building competence in the art of change agentry. It includes a set of analysis tools and models, a training workshop with a roll-playing simulation game, and worksheets designed to support strategic thinking, planning, and decision making around how to introduce and spread innovative ideas in a culture or organization.


The Sustainability Compass is copyrighted, but permission to use it (without charge) is nearly always granted to small non-profit and educational organisations. Commercial licenses are also available, for a paid fee, to companies and larger institutions who wish to adopt it as part of their sustainability or corporate responsibility program.

Compass Education’s Compendium of Tools

Compass Education’s Compendium of Tools is a guide that provides a summary of tools that Compass Education’s promotes and trains educators and students to use in learning to participate in building a sustainable future.