However out of whack and outside our influence, modern globalization thrusts forward, seemingly on a course and with a speed of its own, powered by huge economic interests and directed by powerful political elites, steamrolling human needs and noble aspirations in its track, and on its way selling out our natural and only habitat. It is, for good and for worse, our world, and we cannot just escape it, pretending to go off on a private tangent, busy with our own life, avoiding to see the consequences of world politics as they are acted out in our time, or to take a personal stand to the realities of The Poor, who constitute more than half of mankind; caught in a whirlwind of wars, hunger, illness and repression, without land, without means, without work or education, and without basic human rights.
This course ‘Fighting Shoulder to Shoulder with the Poor’ takes a courageous and futuristic view of the world. You will dare to look the problems and the big issues of our present time right in the eye, understanding the forces and politics at play, acknowledging the real consequences, and not just seen from one place but on a global scale. You will study and dig into the problems and potentials of our future world, not just using conventional narratives, but finding your own way to new knowledge, using your own experiences and own reasoning. You will dare to dream and envision a future for “We the People” while you battle with the big issues at hand, pointing to modern, lively, inclusive, and sustainable ways and solutions that we can be proud to represent. You will be a contributing member of a team of participants who come from vastly different backgrounds, experiences, and countries, who have left their comfort zones to fulfill the need to do for others. You will live in a community that is moving towards being self sufficient in food, water, and energy, and you will be involved in the practicalities and implementation of achieving IICD’s sustainability. You will be an important part of governing IICD, delegating and taking responsibilities for the running of this project, and you will go out with your team conducting investigations, contributing to local communities, and organizing outreach and fundraising activities to secure the economy of your program.
Through your studies during the first 6 months at IICD, you hone your understanding of the big issues of our time and add to your general knowledge base, thus training your ability to act in the present time and in the future. You study diligently, dig to the core of the matter, and find your own truth and understanding of the complicated questions and issues that we all face now and in the future.