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The IFOAM Organic Leadership Course (OLC) Europe 2013
First residential session: 14 – 21 July, 2013 in Dornach, Switzerland.
Do not miss this unique opportunity to develop your skills, knowledge and leadership attitude. The IFOAM OLC brings international expertise and vision to a course that will help you attain your personal development goals.
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Cultivating Organic Leadership
The organic pioneers who initiated Organic Agriculture in the early 20th century were impressive personalities. Drivers of the organic development today are committed and competent leaders in the organic sector, advanced in their thinking and inspiring in their actions. They are farmers, activists, scientists, teachers, advisors, networkers, advocates, processors, traders, communicators, certifiers or consumers.
Their roles are diverse, but they share a vision of a more sustainable, a healthier and a fairer organic world. Organic development in our current dynamic times, in which the world urgently needs organic solutions to address its environmental and social challenges, is in the hands of our leaders worldwide.
Organic people can be organic leaders. Leadership needs talent, vision and commitment, but it needs also learning and interaction with like-minded people.
In order to support organic leadership, IFOAM offers a course for people assuming present or future responsibilities in the organic world. Through the Organic Leadership Course, IFOAM provides a space for learning and experience, and for developing innovative strategies and strong networks.
The course is targeted at present and future leaders of the organic movement. During the course of one year, it will provide an intensive, on-the-job learning process that empowers them to actively assume greater responsibility in pushing the world towards increased sustainability.
The Courses - General
Core Competencies Acquired by Participants
1. Knowledge, e.g. facts about Organic Agriculture,
2. Skills, e.g. sound management know-how;
3. Attitude, e.g. a leader's personality.
It is geared towards enabling and supporting concrete action. A variety of methods are used to facilitate learning at different levels (action, reflection and theory), as well as learning with and from each other.
Two highly intensive residential modules are complemented by periods of online learning. During these periods, the trainees study the materials provided on the learning platform at their own pace and meet on a regular basis in webinars (web-based seminars), consisting of lectures and discussions with subject experts. In this phase, trainees have the opportunity to apply the lessons from the first intensive course to a project of their own choosing, on which they then report and receive feedback from the group.
In total, the course offers 150 hours of intensive training, 16 days in person in a class of 20-25 participants and 10 half day webinars in the same group.
Participants are expected to actively engage in all residential trainings, webinars and individual tasks. They will have to implement a project of their own and perform a public appearance (e.g. as a conference speaker or in an interview in the mass media).
Learning success depends on the trainee's attitude - readiness to share experiences and openness to build relationships with peers and other learning process stakeholders is vital to achieve the course objectives.
Participants will need access to a computer and internet. For the duration of the course they are expected to invest on average half to one day per week. It is also anticipated that in the course of the training the participants' organizations become IFOAM Affiliates.
The tuition fee includes training; teaching materials; excursions; board, lodging and internet access (during the residential training); access to the e-learning software; certification and access to the alumni network. It excludes travels to the residential training, participants' equipment and pocket money. IFOAM may assist candidates in obtaining scholarships.
Fees would vary from region to region depending on costs. Please consult the brochures for the specific course to find out more.
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