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These resources are open educational materials developed by Ross Laird for the workshops and courses he teaches in wellbeing, creativity, and related fields.

Creativity and the True Teacher

On Teaching, Learning, and Leading

June 18, 2021, 11:05 p.m. • Ross Laird

I stand in the dark, watching the lighted lamps pass. Lantern-bearers follow one another upon the spiraling path. They glide through the darkness, almost silent, their faces dimly lit by the glow o...


Taking Learning Outside

Our Heritage in the Natural World

June 18, 2021, 11:18 p.m. • Ross Laird

Adapted from Object-Based Learning and Well-Being , edited by Heleen Chatterjee and Thomas Kador. We meander up the gravel path, through the evergreens, between the stands of alder. The s...


Skills for Working on Yourself

The Inward Journey as an Educational Pathway

June 25, 2021, 1:11 p.m. • Ross Laird

This page is the third of three resources that focus on contemporary research and philosophy for developing more human (and humane) forms of education. See parts one and two for the full set...


On Developing Knowledge

Building Capacity, Exploring the Edges of Knowledge, and Finding Ways Forward

June 25, 2021, 12:57 p.m. • Ross Laird

This page is the first of three resources that focus on contemporary research and philosophy for developing more human (and humane) forms of education. See parts two and three for the full s...


Group Facilitation

The most complex environment of all

Dec. 20, 2023, 6:16 p.m. • Ross Laird

For information about workshops and training offered by Ross Laird, please visit this page or contact Ross directly. Working with groups is immensely rewarding and uniqu...


Skills for Working with People

Integrating Academic Knowledge with Personal and Community Development

June 25, 2021, 1:06 p.m. • Ross Laird

This page is the second of three resources that focus on contemporary research and philosophy for developing more human (and humane) forms of education. See parts one and three for the full ...


Navigating Emotional Situations

Strategic Actions for Stressful Moments in Group Work

Jan. 2, 2024, 9:18 p.m. • Ross Laird

Facilitating the complexity and difficulty of emotional situations that arise in group and community contexts requires deep skills in navigating intricate behavioural patterns and intense group dy...


My Approach

Guiding Principles and Practices

Dec. 21, 2023, 12:22 p.m. • Ross Laird

Safety and Uniqueness My approach is grounded in the commitment to create a secure, safe, and welcoming environment for participants. I often use the phrase learn and be safe; after all, we can&...