Galapagos Vision 2020: Preparing High School Students as the Next Generation Change Agents. PhD David Lansdale, Universidad San Francisco de Quito.
David Lansdale, PhD, is the Director of Entrepreneurship at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador's leading liberal arts University.
Galapagos Vision 2020: Preparing High School Students as the Next Generation Change Agents
An overview of an intervention on the Enchanted Isles to work through teachers and students to prepare community leaders on the populated islands of San Cristobal, Santa Clara and Isabela.
The Galapagos Islands were named a natural heritage site for humanity in 1978. However, a dramatic increase in the number of tourists has created a significant challenges to the ecosystem, to the extent that UNESCO put Galapagos on the black list for three years.
The proposed research program will address the challenge of introducing change, focusing on the quadruple helix of collaboration between the public, private, civic and academic sectors, with the targeted population being both teachers and students in local high schools. The work of Albert Bandura (Self Efficacy and John Kotter (Leading Change) provide the conceptual framework: teachers and students on the Galapagos are invited to create and present projects focusing on sustainability in the areas of conservation, the creation of shared value and entrepreneurship.
Participants will be encouraged to share their suggestions on how to be train high school sophomores, juniors and seniors to think and behave as responsible caretakers of this fragile environment.