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OPEN Fellow – Glenda Raven


Ph.D – Education, M.Ed – Environmental Education, B.Ed – Education, Higher Diploma in Education, B.Com – Accounting and Economics

Interests & Passions

Collaborative, inclusive and engaging processes


My experience in environmental learning, action and development spans 33 years across formal, informal and non-formal contexts. Starting as a high school teacher in the economic and management sciences, my involvement with the school’s environment club sparked my career interest in the environment sector. My Master of Education degree in 1995 introduced me to environmental education as engaging processes of social action and change as South Africa transitioned into a new democracy. During this exciting time of change, I was privileged to support educational transformation through my work across all levels of education, training and development with a focus on curriculum and professional development in the formal and informal contexts of learning. I further pursued my academic interest in environmental learning, action and development through a doctoral degree focusing on social learning processes. In multiple and varied contexts, including formal environmental learning, informal environmental learning for corporate sustainability and community-based learning for environmental action and change, I explored learning processes that enable the development of reflexivity, reflexive competence and action. For the past 14 years, my work and research interest and experience has expanded to include human capital development, focusing on professional and social learning, and including also a systems focus on the institutions of learning, work and social engagement. Throughout my career, I have approached my work with an evaluative research approach which has strengthened my skills for collaborative monitoring and evaluation, well suited to my current position of supporting organisational performance through monitoring and evaluation. Spanning many contexts of learning and development, my experience has allowed me to support learning, development and action with and for people that enables collaborative engagement and action towards a socio-ecologically secure future for all, equally.

Why am I an OPEN fellow?

I have an interest in learning processes that enable socio-ecological change.

How can I help change agents?

Mentoring and coaching for change

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