Coconut Thinking creates learning experiences where learners have a common purpose; to contribute to the welfare of the bio-collective—any living thing, sentient or plant, that has an interest in the healthfulness of the planet. In our view, learning is not an end in itself. Learning happens when one experience changes behavior in a future experience, behavior that is expressed in the form of thinking and action. Learning is like potential energy that is converted to kinetic energy through thinking and action. We believe that this energy should be used to contribute to the welfare of the bio-collective.
We are interested in how we move beyond student-centered approaches to provide all learners with a common purpose. We think it’s time to get away as much as possible from the anthropocentric worldviews that perpetuate the big issues of our time: climate disruption, socio-economic injustice, and the precariousness of relations with other living things. We believe we need a more bio-centric approach. We would love to connect with anyone who is open to developing a fluid curriculum of and for regeneration, one that opens us all to the futures we can imagine.
We imagine learning ecosystems that extend beyond physical and conceptual walls. They would be inter-generational and collaborative. Alongside future-ready skills, they would teach future-saving ethics such as “practice eco-reciprocity,” “stand up for justice,” “share with solidarity,” and “act with kindness.”
This would give learning a new purpose.
We are firm believers in creating curriculum based on conceptual understanding and providing learners with opportunities to demonstrate their growth through “junior,” real world projects that develop transferable and life-worthy learning. We believe that learning is meaningful and personal and happens through self-discovery, not through material that is imparted in one-size-fits-all fashion.
Why a coconut? Because a coconut is classified as both a seed and a fruit—the beginning and the end of the cycle of life, which continues onward. A coconut is difficult to open but provides a worthwhile reward inside. You just need a bit of persistence and creativity to crack it. Every coconut is unique, exotic (to us at least), and definitely not a low hanging fruit. We believe deeper learning is a lot like a coconut.
We named one of our cats Coconut because the word resonates so clearly for us… she is the third stray we have picked up, the second in Riyadh.