If you were going to teach a couple of classes on how to live more sustainably, where would you start? What of subjects seem most important and what subjects seem most appealing to the public? Is it better to teach a subject you’ve already mastered or to invite your class to learn with you?
I’m thinking about teaching a class or two for People’s University this winter and I need to get my proposal in by September 15th. It’s a very cool program run by Bloomington Parks and Recreation. Anyone in the community can sign up to offer a class in… well, pretty much anything. Most of the classes are either informative lectures on a topic (“Listening to the Beatles with New Ears”) or some sort of how-to class (Waltzing, Knitting, Glass Blowing, Sauteeing). Some classes are just one session while others meet multiple times over several weeks.
Will and I actually met at a People’s University class – “Introduction to Massage” back in early 2006. This year we’re taking a class together called “This Whole House” to learn about home maintenance and repair. I also signed up for the “Grow Organic Educator Series,” which I’ve been thinking about for a long time. It’s eleven classes, two-hours each, so it was a big commitment but I’m really excited to learn more about organic gardening.
I taught a lecture in 2007 about ecovillages that was lots of fun but that didn’t come out as smoothly as I’d anticipated. (I should have planned a little more.) Now I’m thinking it’s time to try again but I can’t quite pick a subject. It’s also hard to think about something that won’t happen until January or February but they like to get the course catalog figured well in advance.
Will and I could teach a class in soda-making, which we’ve talked about in the past. I could do some research and do a talk on composting toilets and other humanure alternatives, a subject that intrigues me greatly but I’m not super knowledgeable about. We could do a short intro on green living (as presented by greencouple.com).
What kind of class would YOU sign up for?