£2,535.00raised of £8,300.00 goal goal
No more donations are being accepted at this time. Please contact the campaign owner if you would like to discuss further funding opportunities
*See COVID-19 info regarding this campaign in "Updates" section on the right --->
The programme only starts in September 2020 and is scheduled to go ahead, with contingency plans in place.
Do you feel its becoming abundantly clear we need to rethink some systems within our society? Within some ways that us humans live? Cultivating people within our communities to help our species align closer with natural systems and processes is an important step in helping humanity move in a more ecologically conscious direction.
Help me fund Postgraduate studies that I've been accepted to attend in Ecological Design Thinking at the renowned Schumacher College in the UK. I've been indicated as a "strong candidate" for this programme, with numerous projects and initiatives I'm involved with in Cape Town and around Southern Africa I want help this Schumacher programme (and network) to contribute to.
I've researched and submitted countless bursary and scholarship applications, finding that most of them are only available for full time Masters students, which this is not. The exchange rate between the Rand and the GBP, and the residency costs of living there for 4 months, makes the opportunity impossible for me. And so, I'm being vulnerable and hopeful and launching this crowdfunding campaign.
If you're able to contribute or share it with someone who might be interested to do so, please do, I will be eternally grateful for your investment in me.
£5,000 tuition fees at Schumacher College
£299/week residential costs
£142 visa application fees
£1,100 travel costs
Updated Financial Breakdown (with COVID-19 programme delivery adjustments bringing down the cost)
Tuition Fee = £3,750
Travel Costs = £1,100
Residential Costs = £3,289 (£299/week x 11)
Visa Costs = £142
Total = = £8,281
For more information and acceptance documentation from the college, please don't hesitate to get in touch.
|Why Schumacher College?
"We need ecological design centres in every region of the world to mid-wife the transition and serve as repositories of know-how and know why . . . Schumacher, the Dartington Estate, and Totnes could fill the role of flagship in that movement." - David Orr, former advisor to Al Gore
People from all over the world, of all ages and backgrounds, have been informed, inspired and encouraged to act, by their transformative courses for sustainable living. Schumacher College has an enviable reputation for cutting-edge learning. Their work is to inspire, challenge and question ourselves as co-inhabitants of the world, to ask the questions we all struggle to find answers to and to find sound knowledge, intuition and wonder in our search for solutions. Read more here.
"Schumacher College is one of the few places I know where economic questions are being asked as openly as they need to be. When I run seminars there, I learn as much as I teach." - Kate Raworth, radical economist, creator of Doughnut Economics
- Devon Concar
- Campaign Owner
Studies have begun, departure postponed (due to COVID-19), but opportunities abound.Update posted by Devon Concar at 07:06 pm
With departure, that was due tomorrow, being postponed to January, here is an update on progress with the Postgrad studies and a video update on changes due to COVID-19.With gratitude to everyone who has contributed to making this a possibility.Devon
Horaaaay, it's happening! Excitement and deep gratitude abound!Update posted by Devon Concar at 11:22 am
It is with profound humility that I'm able to announce that this campaign has been a success!A Short Term Study Visa Has ArrivedThere are a total of 24 generous, inspired backers to this crowdfunding campaign. Helping to raise a staggering £2,535.00. The goal amount, in order to make the postgraduate. . . . .
Campaign Deadline Extended - Angel Investor OnboardUpdate posted by Devon Concar at 09:50 am
Hellooo Generous BackerA quick little update. With the crowdfunding campaign having come to a close, I've had a conversation with the "angel investor" who is ready to commit significant funds to helping make this happen. We're almost there for reaching a goal of £3,500, from which my angel investor will. . . . .
With 4 days left, Programme costs lowered due to COVID-19Update posted by Devon Concar at 01:46 pm
Encouraging news from the Schumacher College has clarified that Module 1 of the Ecological Design Thinking Programme will be delivered remotely due to COVID-19 travel restrictions. This has also allowed them to decreased the tuition fees accordingly with these changes. This will allow me to attend from South Africa in. . . . .
Enthused and humbled by the backing, and almost there!Update posted by Devon Concar at 09:06 am
It’s not easy to describe the feeling when people you know, your community, give you a show of support that almost stuns you to humility. I’m so thankful to everyone who’s commented, shared and parted with their own valuable funds (especially in such a financially uncertain time). The reception of. . . . .
Investing my own fundsUpdate posted by Devon Concar at 10:36 am
To help make this a reality, I am investing funds of my own (that I'm able to). I've committed R16,000 towards the campaign.
Update: COVID-19 travel restrictions, contingency plans in place.Update posted by Devon Concar at 09:40 pm
I have been on two separate calls with the collage; with the Ecological Design Thinking programme facilitators as well as the Head of the College. They are aware that it is difficult to predict the state of travel regulations by September (when the Programme starts), but have contingency plans being