Cultivating Innovation Leadership: Children, Youth and Climate Change Adaptation (D3)
The experiential learning activity, facilitated by the ResiliencebyDesign Research Innovation Lab at Royal Roads University, will support conference participants to explore child-youth-adult partnerships and how young people's voices can contribute to more inclusive and effectives policies for disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation.
As children and youth comprise more than 60 percent of the world's population, their leadership in disaster risk reduction (DRR)/recovery processes and climate change adaptation (CCA) dialogue is critical to strengthen resilience, understand the lived experiences and realities of young people, and find sustainable, contextualized, solutions. Furthermore, as a matter of intergenerational justice and children's rights, young people have a right to participate in shaping the future they envision. The ResiliencebyDesign Research Innovation Lab (RbD Lab) is dedicated to empowering and mobilizing young people as resilience innovators and transformative knowledge generators able to explore and contribute to DRR, recovery and resilience building in their communities. In this Collaborative Learning Leadership session, the RbD Lab will facilitate a creative experiential, arts-based activity for participants to explore the complex issues of DRR and CCA. This activity will support conference participants to explore child-youth-adult partnerships and how children and youth's voices can contribute to more inclusive and effectives policies for DRR and CCA. Kolb and Kolb (2010) posit play as one of the highest forms of experiential learning and as an interconnected and integral process of human learning and development (p.27). Experiential learning provides structure for learners to be playful at any age, and creates space for cognitive spontaneity; an attribute Liebermann suggests is marked by curiosity, inventiveness, imagination and innovation (in Kolb and Kolb, 2005) which is critical for addressing complex challenges.