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ERIC Number: EJ1207627
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1857
Walking Backwards into the Future: Indigenous Wisdom within Design Education
O'Sullivan, Nan
Educational Philosophy and Theory, v51 n4 p424-433 2019
This research parallels Tongan academic Hufanga 'Okusitino Mahina's assertions in the 1994 Contemporary Pacific article Our Sea of Islands, that 'People are thought to walk forward into the past and walk backward into the future, both taking place in the present, where the past and the future are constantly mediated in the ever-transforming present' alongside those of Professor Terry Irwin and fellow Transition Designers in which they discuss the use of Indigenous Wisdom to enable designing for the Long Now as defined by Brand in his 1999 book The Clock for the Long Now: Time and Responsibility. In the 2015 Transition Design Monograph Irwin asserts that, 'Transition Design draws on knowledge and wisdom from the past to conceive solutions in the present with future generations in mind'. This paper draws on the pre-industrial wisdom of indigenous knowledge, specifically that of the Pacific regions, Moana, who have lived and designed sustainably in-place for generations to illustrate the value it holds for the formulation of sustainable and sustaining futures.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Tonga; New Zealand