Course Design

Beautiful Economy designs workshops, training series, courses and curricula in economics for a sustainable society. I do this for colleges, universities or business schools who are looking to refresh their economic curriculum and make it fit for today’s challenges and reality.

A key quality of my courses is plurality. I bring together theory, philosophy and practice from thinkers and doers all around the world to create a landscape, or global economic story in which students will have to find their way. I use academic sources, as well as books, documentaries, interviews and other audio/video materials, to create a broad perspective on what economy is and could be, and inspire students to research different schools of thought, action, and their own truth and value-systems.

“The design of Sarah’s module has become the example for the other teachers in our programme, as it allows students to connect many dots, study at their own pace, further research topics of interest, but never loose the big picture.”
– S.G. Founder of Efecto Mariposa and Director of Greenpeace Colombia

My intention is to create active and reflective learning journeys for students. I provide sources and information, and invite them actively to make sense and create understanding. In my courses you will not find easy answers. Instead, students are continuously triggered to ask big questions, approach issues from different viewpoints, and find their own ways of learning and searching for ‘truth’. Not only in theory, but also in their daily life and choices.

If you want Beautiful Economy to design a course for you, please contact me.

 

My greatest wish is to radically change the way we teach economics. In every college, business school, university around the world.

Why?

Having obtained my Masters degree in International Economics at a regular economics faculty, I was educated into the mainly neo-liberal, utilitarian way of thinking; focusing on quantitative methods to predict a future based on the past, disregarding the planet as the source of all Life, and approaching economics as a ‘values-free science’ rather than a moral philosophy.

Like me, many people – economist or not – question the basic tenets of mainstream economics, as well as the assumptions that are at the foundation of its theories. Nevertheless, today’s economics students are still educated to use models that bare no resemblance to today’s society, let alone are useful to create a sustainable system for the future.

My degree taught me the dangers of a ‘monoculture of the mind’. I believe that for the creation of a sustainable and resilient society, we need diversity, creativity and the ability to learn and adapt, both knowledge and behaviour. This is what I hope to bring with Beautiful Economy courses.

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