The idea of “Green Jobs” is a favorite subject around here, especially in tough economic times. The idea is that, however you define the term, “Green Jobs” are going to be a cornerstone of economic recovery and indeed a larger re-tooling of the economy to be based on efficiency, clean energy, better, healthier products, services, and so on…
We’ve teamed up with my old colleague Simran Sethi’s Journalism class at the University of Kansas to do an experiment of sorts on the subject. The class is entitled “Green Reporting, Green Building, Green Justice” and as the name implies is a multifaceted course incorporating elements of Architecture, Journalism, Business, and Social Studies.
The course will investigate the conversation about what “green jobs” are, the many definitions of the term, and where they’re happening from a variety of perspectives. Next week, the students will visit GRID Alternatives in Oakland, CA and explore various Bay Area initiatives toward creating green jobs – some via non-profit efforts, others via business. We’ll be showcasing videos and write ups of the students’ findings here on 3p, but in the meantime, have created a Twitter conversation to kick things off.
The purpose of the Twitter conversation is to collect notes and ideas for further study, connect the students with like minded folks, and kick off conversations to be deepened later on. We’ve even embedded it in the sidebar of the front page here on 3p (look at the lower right corner of the page).
Follow along here by using the twitter hash “#KUJ500“, and join the conversation with your own ideas by sending the students links and ideas using #greenjobs or leaving a comment right here. We’ll see just how useful a tool Twitter can be (if at all), and hopefully promote a great learning experience.