Help Rhiannon take her next step in creating social change

Support me to do a masters at Schumacher!

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This project received pledges on Wed 24 Aug 2016

For the last 6 years I have worked relentlessly to make the world a better place, from inspiring and supporting young people to set up co-operative businesses, to taking direct action against polluting companies and unaccountable governments, from protesting against the rise in tuition fees, to reimagining the future of education and work. From writing for The Guardian to speaking on Channel 4 News, from speaking in universities and colleges across the country to presenting at conferences in Quebec, Italy, Sweden, Norway, Turkey and Spain.

It has been an amazing 6 years and it fills me with joy to think about the people I have inspired and supported in ways big and small. However working this hard on things you care about sometimes has its downsides and in January this year I experienced complete burn out which then led to severe depression and anxiety.

This has led me to want to take some time out from the world of work and further my studies, to give time to my well-being, self development and learning which in turn will enable me to give back to the world in more sustainable and effective ways. 

To do this I would like to study a Masters in Holistic Science at Schumacher College....

Studying at Schumacher will give me the time and space in a holistic and inspiring learning environment full of leading academics and change makers to explore new questions that have become important to me.

Firstly I want to learn more about how modern, reductionist science has led us to create a certain relationships with nature and ourselves, how it has made us very clever and powerful, but not necessarily act in a way that contributes to the well-being of both ourselves and the environment.

Secondly from my own personal experience of experiencing mental health problems due to overwork and spending time in highly stressful and over stimulated environments, I want to gain a deeper understanding of the relationship between the economy, the increase in young people’s mental health problems, and our disconnection from nature and community and incorporate this into the work I do in the future.

But to do this I need your help...

Schumacher is a non-for profit college and educational organisation, however as it has no government funding to subsidise its programmes, has small numbers of students, and a high number of contact hours the costs of the course the cost of the course is quite high.

- Course fees: £14,888

- Living Costs: £8,000

I have received a bursary of £5,000 from the college and have earned enough money to cover my living costs, however that means I still need to raise 10,000 in less than one month!

I am hoping that you believe that investing in me to further my education will be a positive step for both me and the work I will continue to do in the world.

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Estimated delivery: 1 August 2016

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You will be invited to join my *exclusive* masters blog, which I'll run for the duration of my degree. I'll be publishing easily digestible summaries of essays I write, discussions about ideas I am introduced to, debates I have or witness, ideas I pick up from lectures, thought-provoking quotes I find, and anything else I think you'll find interesting, educational or entertaining. The blog will be not be searchable via Google, and will only be available to donors.

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Estimated delivery: 1 October 2016

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A personal guided tour of Schumacher college and the Dartington estate, where I will share the ecology and history of the land and college, along with all I am learning. Followed by a delicious lunch!

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Estimated delivery: 1 January 2017

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A personal guided tour of Schumacher college and the Dartington estate, where I will share the ecology and history of the college and the land, along with all I am learning. Followed by dinner and an overnight stay!

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Estimated delivery: 1 January 2017

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A signed copy of the dissertation I produce at the end of my masters.

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Estimated delivery: 1 September 2017

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A personalised day long workshop with you, your colleagues, students or friends on how together we can reimagine and recreate the future of work.

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Estimated delivery: 1 March 2017