PERL 1 (2009-2012)

The Partnership for Education and Research about responsible Living


PERLis a partnership of researchers, educators and practitioners,

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from over 130 institutions in more than 50 countries, who are aware of the urgent need for individuals and society to significantly rethink and reorient the choices they make and the manner in which they live their lives in order to reduce the negative impacts of climate change and financial instability, ensure more just distribution of resources and foster sustainable, dignified human development for all. PERL focuses on the values upon which sustainable human development is based. It carries out research and education for behavior and policy change towards more responsible, sustainable living. PERL is helping ‘consumers’ to become more informed, responsible and active citizens who can contribute to constructive change through the way they choose to live. The work of PERL is founded on the understanding that schools can be important agents of social change through transformative education.  PERL acknowledges the interrelatedness of consumption and development, and seeks to build collaborative partnerships based on principles of equitable growth and collective social learning. PERL partners:

-          research social innovation and responsibility; 

-          give visibility to creative communities that collaboratively invent new ways of living;

-          promote education for sustainable consumption;

-          stimulate consumer citizenship;

-          develop teaching methods and materials; 

-          provide references and guidance;

-          produce recommendations for sustainable lifestyles and education for sustainable consumption.

PERL is based on the work of the Consumer Citizenship Network (2003-2009), and is a European Erasmus thematic network as well as an international project covering four continents.

The PERL Network is a large, multidisciplinary organization which has a core of working group members supported by a larger group which constitutes the consultants’ network. The consultants’ network contributes to the discussion, research and development work with information and insights on local and regional activities about responsible living within the areas of consumer citizenship, social responsibility, social innovation and education for sustainable development. Thus they are essential in the work of adapting general guidelines and materials to national conditions. The consultants’ network also carries out research, implementation, and dissemination.

Sponsors: European Erasmus Academic Network Lifelong Learning Program; UNEP; UNESCO; Norwegian Ministry of Children and Equality; Italian Ministry of Land, Sea an Environment; Swedish Ministry of Environment. 

Timeframe: 2009-2012 (with plans for continuation)

Language: English and with translations of materials in a wide variety of languages (French, German, Spanish, Italian, Greek, Norwegian, Slovenian, Lithuanian, Latvian, Korean, Japanese, Chinese, Russian, Bulgarian and Portuguese)

Outputs: Courses, websites, teaching guidelines, active learning methodologies, social innovation learning methodologies, prototype curricula, teacher training seminars, national and international dissemination seminars, conference proceedings, research. Because the outputs of the PERL network are so extensive they are listed below in the categories in which PERL’s work has been divided. In addition to this, general reports and evaluations of PERL’s work have been made, brochures, posters, exhibitions and videos have been produced about PERL’s initiatives.