gyrating civil engineers of region IV

last friday, i attended a regional conference of civil engineering graduates in enverga university, lucena city. the atmosphere was very positive and i heard all the engineer speakers. ahh, i thought, this is a good time to introduce the design of learning cities. as i started taking stock of the audience, i saw how young and eager they were . they all looked handsome and beautiful ( there were many young women) and i told them so. as i showed my slides on the learning city, i asked them if they have parents who are overseas and if they have visited them overseas. some of them nodded their heads and i told them that we owe a lot to our OFWs and expats, that the resources and remittances they generate allow us to get degrees like the one they will get as civil engineers. i expanded the discussion into multiple intelligences so that they can appreciate they have many gifts to share and many roles to play as citizens. as i was pointing out the value of emotional intelligence (EQ), i saw some of their energies were dipping ( it was just after a heavy lunch and people wanted to relax), so i told them to stand up and follow my tetada kalimasada energy boosting exercise. wow, the energies tripled and we had fun gyrating from north to south, east to west. i told them that was a kinesthetic inspiration on my part and that they should move their arms and pelvic areas whenever they have long classroom lectures ( i smiled at the vision of all these young engineers gyrating in class, hahaha with their amused teachers).

the technical session i conducted that day was to introduce the new paradigm of learning cities. the paradigm started with barcelona in 1990 when the first international conference on educating cities was convened. their opening call was evry citizen has a right to an educating city. i first heard this from ed this year and it made me very curious. so i scanned all the websites and found 374 cities in 35 countries. i read most of the ideas in the learning festivals websites and realized that the lifelonglearning paradigm ed and i have been promoting could be better installed if cities became learning spaces. rather than locate learning only in universities and schools, people as citizens can learn from each other if urban development policy makers take into heart what people need to know and do. so what better time to engage engineers and architects to imagine what cities and buildings and spaces can do as learning sites? that was my input for the day.

what did they learn from my technical session ? i must not presume they learned, but from their responses, i made a beehive of the concepts of learning cities, of lifelong learning in formal and alternative learning systems, multiple intelligences and positive psychology, short introduction to inner energies (tetada kalimasada) and happiness surveys. as for me, what did i learn with them ? that the new curriculum of civil engineers have a stress on lifelong learning, that the innovation and knowledge economy will be the main frames for the government to assess their competencies, and that there are more than 200 units they have to earn in five years. i bid them good luck and i hope their teachers would prove a match to the challenges of the extreme future with its change, risk,complexity, surprise and speed. may the force of learning be with them their whole life!

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