Green Ideas 2011

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The Green Ideas: Green Education for Green Innovation event brought together people and institutions that were interested into agricultural, biodiversity and rural education, so that collaboration opportunities may be explored and exploited. The overall aim was to take advantage of the collective experience, good practices and software tools that various stakeholders and initiatives around the world apply in order to make relevant educational content available online, so that a Green Learning Network is conceived, set up and launched. This network will be expanding the scope and coverage of the Agricultural Learning Repositories Task Force (AgLR-TF) within the strategic alliance for Coherence in Information for Agricultural Research for Development (CIARD).

The Green Ideas 2011 event was jointly organized and supported by a variety of initiatives and institutions, locally hosted by Agro-Know Technologies (Agro-Know, Greece), and facilitated by the Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education (ISKME, USA) using the Action Collab format.

Green Ideas 2011 aimed to be the first of a series of events that will focus on how green innovation may be facilitated by education and technology. Green Ideas 2012 will be hosted by Slow Food International and the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Turin Italy, collocated with the Terrra Madre 2012 event. A report from the 2010 event can be found here.

This effort is part of Agro-Know and its partner ISKME's commitment to Open Educational Resources (OER) and open education. ISKME and Agro-Know partnered to launch OER Commons Green in 2011, a micro-site as part the OER Commons Network focused on aggregating open resources for teaching and learning across disciplines in green topic areas, such as agriculture, industry, environmental practices and sustainability.


In Green Ideas 2011 , the Action Collabs format tried to access the groups' collective brainpower by focusing creativity and structuring brainstorming in a unique method that leads to new thinking and solutions. Emphasis was given in tackling a specific Design Challenge: How might we create collaboration opportunities for communities to share green knowledge?

ISKME’s Action Collabs are dynamic workshops that use the design-thinking framework to innovate new ideas with actionable next steps. Collaboration and ideation happen in four steps: research, design, prototype, and scale and spread. Throughout the experience, participants engage in improv activities (the improvisational method of achieving cooperation) to accelerate meaningful collaboration that results in tangible action plans.

Access the Final Agenda of Green Ideas 2011.

An overview of the Green Ideas 2011 event brochure Brochure-photo.jpg available here


The list of people that participated in Green Ideas 2011 is available here. They represented a wide list of initiatives that will be participating in Green Ideas 2011.

Please find the updated Guidelines for Participants for the Green Ideas 2011.

The impressions after Green Ideas 2011...

With a total number of 26 participants from 12 countries (India, USA, Turkey, South Africa, Belgium, Greece, Italy, France, Malta, Switzerland,Finland and Cyprus), Green Ideas 2011 was hosted at the small rural primary school in the village of Mesta, Chios, Greece, where for 2 and a half days creativity and innovation reached at their peak.

YES and...Getting to know each other....

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YES and...Brainstorming....

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YES and...At work....

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YES and...The results....

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The results of the Action Collab activities were the two innovative projects ( Green Dream Team and Slidea ) presented below. 

YES and...The prototypes...

Green Ideas 2011 on Youtube...

Green Dream Team Project
Slidea Project

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Rapid Fire Speakers Presentations

RESEARCH Session - Mr. Simone Ravaioli from KION SpA


Born and raised in Italy, Simone holds a Bachelor and Masters Degree in Management Information System from Loyola University Chicago.
After a corporate experience in the US he returns to Italy in 2006 through CINECA, the leading consortium of Italian Universities dedicated to developing software for HE. He currently holds the position of International Affairs Manager and Country Manager Turkey.
Simone is founding member of RS3G - an international group of HE implementers focusing on data exchange standards. He also represents RS3G in the European Standardization Committee (CEN).
In 2010 he is appointed Chair of the first EAIE Task Force called DSDP - Digital Student Data Portability.
Simone is a Slow Food activist and considers himself a "Free-Mover" and a Conversation Instigator.

on Youtube

DESIGN Session - Mrs. Anna Lagou from Ariousios Wine


Anna Lagou, born in Athens – Greece, is living in Chios Island, since 1995. Studies: Public Relations and Administrative Support
Working experience: She has worked in two leading companies in Athens . (1st Consultancy services and 2nd imports of optical products)
Today she is working for ARIOUSIOS S.A. WINERY, as Responsible of Public Relations.
Her goal is Chios Island to be placed again in the wine-map of Greece and the company to be a guide for the revival of the deserted area of N.W. Chios

on Youtube Part I Youtube Part II 

PROTOTYPE Session - Mr. Pavlos Koulouris from Ellinogermaniki Agogi


Mr Koulouris is a specialist in the field of ICT in education. His research interests and activity cover also aspects of applied linguistics,science education, and lifelong learning. His work experience is diverse, ranging from teaching language and humanities to academic and applied research in various areas in the wider fields of educational innovation and lifelong learning. He is working in the Research and Development Department of Ellinogermaniki Agogi focusing on lifelong learning as a developmental catalyst in rural areas, the use of new technologies in language learning and science learning, and the organization of digital educational content.

on Youtube

SCALE and SPREAD Session - Mr. Anagnosti Choukalas from APIVITA


Mr Choukalas joined APIVITA Hive in 2004 after having a cup of Greek mountain tea with the founders. As an environmental biologist he was inspired by them and their love for nature. He understood the dream and the journey that leads to it so he decided to unconditionally hop on board. They say that bees only fly about 4-6 km away from the Hive. The APIVITA “bees” are unique and with no limitations, they constantly are in search for new pastures and valleys full of ‘flowers and trees”. The past 6 years he has learned that when you dream the unachievable and you achieve it then you will dream again. He started as a product manager in the marketing department then moved to the helm of the Supplies and Purchases Department. In the past year he had the honour to lead the New Business Development and the Corporate Social Responsibility team which beats at the heart of APIVITA

on Youtube

Local Organisers

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The Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education (ISKM)
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Partner project

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Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
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The Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR)
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The Green Ideas 2011 took place where the mastiha trees grow, in the medieval castle-village of Mesta in the southwest of the Chios island, the homeland of Homer, in Greece.

The event was held in a rural setting, in a traditional school currently transformed to accommodate learning activities and equipped with satellite broadband Internet.

Locate Chios island on the map and look for up to date information about it at Chios Online website.

... more info about travelling to Chios here.

Sponsoring projects

Organiclingua-logo.jpg  Organic.Lingua: Demonstrating the potential of a multilingual Web portal for Sustainable Agricultural & Environmental Education                    Voar.jpg VOA3R: Virtual Open Access Agriculture & Aquaculture Repository - Sharing Scientific and Scholarly Research related to Agriculture, Food, and Environment Logo.jpg Rural Inclusion: e-Government Lowering Administrative Burdens for Rural Businesses 


Organic.Balkanet: Developing the skills of Organic Agriculture Trainers for the Balkans Isle.jpg I.S.L.E.: Innovation in the Teaching of Sustainable Development in Life Sciences in Europe

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