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Philipp C. Schöffmann

Philipp C. Schöffmann

INEX – the International Network for Educational Exchange is an Austrian social enterprise, working in the field of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD).  INEX operates based on a network structure, with a multi-stakeholder Advisory Board, an Ambassador Network and Alumni Association. Partners include Universities, research institutes and think tanks, companies from various industries, supranational organizations, ministries and NGOs. INEX is focusing on the attainment of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals and works within the framework of the UNESCO Decade for Education on Sustainable Development.

Sustainable development meets the needs of the present generation without compromising future generations’ ability to meet their needs. Education for Sustainable Development is therefore seen as a tool for good governance that promotes informed decision-making and democracy embracing the values of solidarity and mutual respect. It builds the necessary capacity through critical reflection, awareness and empowerment employing new methods and tools that bring about a shift in people’s mindsets towards sustainable lifestyles.

Through a holistic approach it integrates ecological, economic and social perspectives, while referring to a large number of key themes such as poverty alleviation, citizenship, human rights, gender equity, cultural diversity, rural and urban development, production and consumption patterns, corporate responsibility, environmental protection, biodiversity etc. To cover this broad range of sectors and levels it is considered a “life-wide” process addressed through formal and non-formal learning as well as vocational education and training.

With a focus on multiplicator training INEX develops innovative educational programs that evolve around the synergies of formal, non-formal and informal learning. INEX operates on interdisciplinary and participatory approaches, with the integration of the educational setting, the contextual and social learning capacity being the key asset. With a focus on high-impact personal development these learning experiences provide new perspectives, knowledge and practical skills for immediate action.