A Learning Community is a group of people usually numbering between 30 and 150 members which uses the ARK as a platform to track (informal) learning progress and to share best practices.
A Learning Community can set any interest focus and has
1. Sustainability as Common Ground
Sustainability is the common ground that unites us. Beyond sustainability all partner communities have shared or different interests like DIY, music, literature, flow art, gardening, coding, water sports, literature, etc. It is in sustainability that we recognize planet Earth as our common home.
2. Stewardship Over Commons
The Green Steps ARK follows the Buurtzorg organizational concept and structures ARK users in small teams, which take care of communities and commons, i.e. land or resources belonging to or affecting the whole of a community.
These teams are empowered by the platform, which gives them on the one hand the cutting edge of a large organization without the debilitating effects of bureaucracy. On the other hand, they are equipped with the spirit of start-ups and act in economic and legal independence.
Ownership and exploitation of land and people are transformed in the term stewardship to a responsible management of human and natural resources.
We differentiate three types of learning communities:
Intentional & Urban – Agora Space
Agora Space has been established in 2010 as a co-working community in downtown Shanghai, which attracts a crowd of software engineers and coders who have an additional interest in sustainability and genuine community building. They host workshops on sour bread making and vegan cooking, composting and many other urban sustainability skills.
Corporate & Urban – IKEA Shanghai service team
The IKEA Shanghai service team comprises 120 people. The director of the service team wanted to combine the annual bonus of team members with a new KPI which reflects learning about sustainability and simultaneously lifts the esprit de corps. Third party providers of ecosystems learning facilitate sessions for community members on the ARK. The director of the service team tracks as Community Mentor with the help of his head of HR the teams learning progress with clear KPIs.
Accidental & Suburban – Dongbang Kayak Club
Dongbang Kayak Club was founded in 2013 at the northern shore of Jinze Water Reservoir. It attracts a large crowd of urban weekend guests who enjoy short and long kayak or SUP rides in the surrounding water bodies. Recently, pollution has grown to such dimensions that the founder wants to upgrade Dongbang’s sports offering with environmental learning.
Intentional & Rural – Jiangshan Nature Education Center
Jiangshan is a 5th tier city in Zhejiang province where in a very nice rural setting a team of about 20 people provides Nature Education services to a mix of clients. The location can host up to 120 persons and is ideal for summer camps and team building.