Manifesto – h☉wt☉: make sustainability education ecologically sustainable! Mifactori

Manifesto & H☉wT☉: Make sustainability education ecologically sustainable!

“Let us train creative designers for a sustainable tomorrow.”

By the sustainability glasses seen, art, creative and even sustainability education itself is a surprisingly large construction site. Sustainability plays a role in the means – that is how it is worked – in practice rarely or even counteracted. The topic itself may be sustainability, but the materials and work techniques used are not. In this way, tomorrow’s designers will be able to talk about sustainability, but not really implement it.

Part of our work at Mifactori is about making sustainability education sustainable at all levels. And we even have a kind of manifesto text up our sleeves. Unfortunately, he is still in the sketch stage, We may soon find financial support for the implementation (This is also an open grant application!) But because the opportunity is just right, here we publish the unfinished sketch. It is a video script which should be accompanied by a poster with simple hints for action. But first here to the sketch, which lets the essential ideas shine through:

Educational Manifesto☉ (sketch)

What should be

If we want our children to be able to shape the world in a sustainable way so that they can have a livable life for themselves and their children and grandchildren, sustainable action must be in their most natural and deepest thoughts. As automatism! “It’s easy to do that. I just do not think of another way right now. “

And that is why the places where they should be creative in their education, where they learn to express themselves, where they get to know each other – find and invent – are so important. Where they become designers, they themselves have to be sustainable – in the means that are used.

What is

Unfortunately, today it is often the other way round in cultural and creative education and even sustainability education:

Since it is cut and glued, it fly mindlessly colorful plastic, felt and Pritstifte around. Plastic, plush & Glitter!

You can buy in discount stores, even electronics and batteries – it does not cost anything – for projects where the kids are usually just as interested in how they run.

Tinker once and when the hour or the morning is over, you carry a large bag of garbage – not infrequently practically even hazardous waste – out.

A quick fun and a lot of chaos afterwards. Even in forest and nature school you can observe such crafting techniques.

Energy has flowed into the production of all these colors, materials, plastic coatings, cables and their delivery. And in their disposal. CO2 was and is being blown into the atmosphere, trees have been cut and beaten, water polluted, insecticides sprayed, soil torn up and so on …

The way creative workshops are designed drives this wheel.

The Medium Is The Message

And the deeper message to the children is then: “Ah, be creative, design something, that’s where I take a lot of new bright, colorful materials from the shelf, zerschnippele, wipe with glue and where afterwards a large mountain garbage. And maybe I’m even interested in the result. “

From planet to product to garbage [draw triangle]. To wasteful planet!

In case of doubt, the children prefer their future rather than that they can take home something made or they can mess with colorful disposable materials.

Locked In

It is difficult for the adult designers of these courses to get out of this. You have learned it yourself. Only today, all this crafting material costs little more and there is much more (the depletion of the planet has gotten much sharper teeth). Yippee! Let’s go.

It’s deep in the adults. That is how we are when we are creative. And now we put it deep into our kids and let them be like that. The new generation must learn to discover and shape their creativity without at the same time destroying their own future on this planet.

It is much harder to unlearn things than to learn new things. That’s why children have to learn to shape their lives in the first second, where they learn to shape. And not later in contrast to how one “actually” does it.

Maybe they’re just thinking, “Huh, but that’s not the point of creative education! I do not know how to do it differently. “Do you know??

Let’s change!

We have been searching and in recent years have tried to find a series of creative workshops that are themselves sustainable.

We have narrow limits. And these boundaries, together with the experiences and ideas that we have been able to collect, we have tried to summarize in the form of simple rules – rules for sustainable creation of creativity, or sustainable sustainability education – which can also help others.

I’ll go through it one by one.

(METAUTION: This part is unfortunately not finished yet, the rules are not 100% final and the rules should always be explained briefly and then examples from our work should be briefly used for illustration.) A few links are mentioned.)

“When in doubt, the kids prefer their future to being able to take home something they’ve tinkered with, or they might not get wet just because they have a rain cape and a plastic pillow.”


The rules can be divided into three broad areas. The first one is:

BY WHICH? -> The material


Working with what has become garbage elsewhere. Urban Mining is …


Just let the craft shop be completely taboo. Creativity loves limitations. Solving his problems without shopping can lead to interesting and surprising solutions.


Glitter paper is fun! (?) But how resource-intensive was it in production? Do you really need that? Is it possible to achieve the same effect differently? For example, with upcycling materials? Maybe you prefer to choose recyclable materials or those that are produced with little energy and chemistry. Maybe you can create effects with them that are even more interesting than those of the glitter paper!


It is now easy to get all kinds of material and equipment at low prices. But do you have to get raincapes in the same color for the whole class’s hiking day? Do you have to produce for all elaborate name badges? Do you have to distribute jute bags, goblets or even souvenirs? All need to take home a homemade radio wave receiver?

All these things just do not buy! Most of the time you can just (or) use things that are already there, or just dodge with a bit of creativity on a side lane and, for example, stay in the shade [LINK: Book of Product Free Life]


The colorful crackling papers can be compared to drugs. They give a quick short endorphin hit. But it also creates a hangover when throwing away, a nasty dependence and a piece-by-piece break his self and his future.

Glue and tape are like drugs. Fast and without much skill you have built with it. But the cat comes when the poorly built things overflow the trash.

The trash is like a drug. He quickly resolves all problems in the end. You do not have to worry about what happens with the materials afterwards. The trash keeps us stupid. He replaces previous thinking.

… All these things are like sugar or sparkling wine. Sugar makes you tired. And after every colorful sparkling wine party, a hangover follows. And if you look closely, then you can see this cat on the faces of kids and adults after these workshopsCan you sustainably and healthily “nourish”?

HOW? -> The construction methods

How to put things together?


Why not spend on yourself and others the goal of throwing nothing in the bin? If something should end up in the garbage, then only things that have already been rescued from the trash anyway, such as Cardboard from the supermarket or plastic parts from the plastic waste. If you work with it and you e.g. cut again, then handle the chips responsibly – separate waste.

These methods of construction help to reduce or even completely avoid garbage:


Think about modularity and reuse! Ideally, at the end of the project everything is sorted back for the next children. Photos and videos as lasting results can be quite enough. Or you can do without permanent results as Tibetan monks do with their sand mandalas.


Work with the material in a way that preserves its potentiality. Non-destructive creativity. Think two steps ahead! What happens after that chairs and tables in the room are wonderful building material. … perform pre-use


The kids should learn to share and to explain things. Also to share resources. You can share with them on the net, e.g. directly produce documentations as part of the workshop.


Screw, clamp, set, etc. Do not stick. Use re-soluble connectors! Sticking is too often the enemy of sustainable design and life. A glued plastic housing is difficult to open to repair broken offal

WHAT? The topics

They are creative workshops. You can use these methods to investigate all imaginable topics from self-discovery to fantasy land. However, if you want to bring sustainability into play as well, a whole range of beautiful ideas are available. Basically, with a bit of creativity, you can treat and reconcile all the issues of closeness that can be found with the children. Also, nuclear power plants, lobbying, the emergence of oil or the inner workings of mass slaughterhouses.

From another video, that’s about the same.

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