David Shaw
  • Title
    • Right Livelihood College Coordinator
  • Division Social Sciences Division
  • Department
    • Santa Cruz Institute for Social Transformation
  • Affiliations Environmental Studies Department
  • Phone
  • Email
  • Website
  • Office Location
    • Social Sciences 2, 150
  • Mail Stop Division Of Social Sciences
  • Mailing Address
    • 1156 High St., Division of Social Sciences
    • Santa Cruz CA 95064
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Agroecology and Agriculture, Climate Change, Community Studies, Community-based Research, Creativity, Ecology, Entrepreneurship, Environmental Studies, Social Justice, Sustainability
  • Courses Anthropology 110-I: Cultures of Social Justice and Sustainability; Kresge 71: The World Cafe - The Art of Hosting Conversations that Matter; Kresge 161: Permaculture and Whole Systems Design; Kresge 65A: Food and Community; Kresge 63: Kresge Garden Coop; Kresge 64: Tools for World Changers; Kresge 72 & 172: Collaborative Learning for The Great Turning and Nature Connection; Kresge 73 & 173: Collaborative Learning for Sustainable Communities and Reclaiming the Commons; Kresge 74 & 174: Collaborative Learning for Permaculture Skills and Transition Towns; College Nine 70: College Nine and Ten Community Garden; Oakes 63: Oakes Food, Community, and Culture; Stevenson 16: Stevenson Community Garden; Community Studies 42W: Appropriate Technology for Local Self-Reliance

Summary of Expertise

Agroecology; Permaculture and whole systems design; Sustainability education; Dialogue; Collaborative learning; Group facilitation; Collective intelligence; Starting and sustaining intentional communities; Ecopsychology.

Research Interests

Agroecology; Permaculture Design; Human rights; Tri-lateral Sustainable Development; Dialogue; Participatory processes in the classroom, with emphasis on The World Cafe and Open Space Technology; Intergenerational collaboration; Sustainability; Urban gardens; Community resilience.

Selected Publications

  • Shaw, David, Juanita Brown, and David Isaacs. 2018. “The World Cafe.” In The Change Handbook: Group Methods for Shaping the Future, 3rd ed. Berrett-Koehler Publishers. (Forthcoming)  
  • Howard, Phil, Tim Galarneau, Jan Perez, and David Shaw. 2005. “Integrating Open Space Technology and Dynamic Facilitation.” Participatory Learning and Action 53: 68–73.    

Selected Presentations

  • Learning as if Whole Systems Mattered: Permaculture in Schools and Universities (Ecological Farming Conference, 2015)
  • We Are Wiser Together: Igniting Possibilities through Intergenerational Partnerships (Bioneers Conference 2011-Present)