Lecture videos

 

On this page you will find free educational lectures from past webinars, workshops, and presentations on topics related to knowledge production, environmental design, and social/personal well-being.

 

Longer descriptions of each lecture can be found under the video after clicking the link. If you find the content educational or inspiring, please consider making a donation.

 

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Mini lecture: The hierarchy of knowledge and the paradigm of inadequacy

Are you a graduate student with imposter syndrome? Feeling constrained by academic traditions or lost in self-doubt? This is a mini lecture video about why social systems, including higher education, can keep you trapped in insecurity and how to empower yourself out of them. A complementary infographic is also available for DOWNLOAD.

Duration: 6 minutes

 

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Nurturing hope and belonging in a world of social chaos through landscape experiences

Climate change, racism, food and job security, addiction and mental illness…what heavy burden it is for a young person to live in a world that is deemed “damaged” and that they are responsible to fix! Commonsense tells us not to go into a dark forest without a flashlight. Similarly, to find resilience in a world of social-ecological chaos, we need to cultivate a light within us that reminds us of the inherent beauty, hope, and worthiness of life. Landscape experiences can be that spark of hope and belonging. 

Duration: 40 minutes

Note: This was originally a workshop prepared for high school students at York University’s Change Your World 2022 event. It includes reflection exercises and a workbook PDF.

 

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Finding the heart to landscape architecture: A motivational presentation for the disempowered landscape design professional

Are you a landscape architect or landscape designer who feels numbed by the daily routines of life and work? Are you seeking for more meaning in your work despite knowing intellectually the value of landscape architecture for people and for society? Or are you troubled by our world’s current social and ecological challenges and feel frustrated about the limitations that professions have because of systemic patterns in social, institutional, or political systems? Watch this presentation to be inspired about your role in the world! Whether you call yourself a landscape architect or not, a person who is motivated to make the world a better place can be empowered by the archetype of the landscape architect.

Duration: 74 minutes

Note: This presentation was originally prepared for an academic job application.

 

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Webinar replay: The hierarchy of knowledge and the destruction of our planet and world soul

Do you have imposter syndrome? Are you perplexed about the hypocrisies in the academic research process that nobody wants to talk about? Or just confused by why human civilization cannot achieve equality, sustainability, and world peace despite having so much knowledge? Watch this webinar replay lecture to understand why and how our systems of knowledge production keep us stuck in self-doubt and greater destructive patterns and ways we can go about mending them.

Duration: 47 minutes

Note: This webinar was completed in March 2022 and includes an introduction about A Flourishing Commons and the host. To respect the privacy of the participants, the discussion period at the end was not recorded.

 

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Webinar Replay: Ecopsychology and Place-making for Environmental Design Professions

In an increasing world of digital systems and interactions, social isolation and world chaos, do you wonder if place still matters and if place-making can still be effective? Watch this webinar replay lecture to explore the essence of place-making and why a depth to understanding place is more relevant today than ever before. The presentation introduces the relevance of ecopsychology to place-making using the case study of the landscape architecture profession.

Duration: 51 minutes

Note: This webinar was completed in March 2022 and includes an introduction about A Flourishing Commons and the host. To respect the privacy of the participants, the discussion period at the end was not recorded. 

 

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