We find ourselves in the midst of profound change: Globalisation and its countermovement, demographic change, high numbers of refugees, the European debt crisis and climate change – to name but a few examples. These changes will have the strongest impact on the current generation of young people. But society does not adequately prepare them for the accompanying challenges.
Furthermore, society often addresses individual issues in isolation, losing sight of the bigger picture and overlooking relationships, complexities and dynamics. This not the way to solve problems – quite the opposite. The negative consequences extend far into the future and will significantly affect the youth of today.
Due to the complexity of the topics and their sometimes one-sided presentation, it is increasingly difficult nowadays to form one’s own opinion and consolidate one’s own identity. However democracy is dependent on the enfranchisement of individuals and their ability to form opinions. This is yet another reason why networked thinking is so important.
The project Wandel vernetzt denken (Approaching Change Through Networked Thinking) supports teachers, schools and other interested parties in exploring change in context by offering free, ready-to-use teaching materials. Young people gain an understanding of this change, engage with it and learn to approach it in a constructive-critical manner, thereby preparing them to face complexity in their own lives.
The project is geared towards Germany, Austria and Switzerland, and the modules are created by teams of authors and teachers. The founder and leader of the project is Andreas Becker. A business engineer, he has worked intensively on sustainability, intergenerational justice and networked thinking over the last 20 years, and has written a number of books on the subject.
Private support and funding has enabled the project to use entirely independent content. It is centred around the common good.