4 Dimensional framework

The quintessential framework that the partner Gaia Education works with, is called the 4 Dimensional Framework - it is a model for sustainable development that looks at not just ecological, but also the social, economic and worldview aspects of sustainability and regeneration. 

The YINT handbook activities are also organised under these dimensions and it will give you tools on how to facilitate conversations so that participants start to see the interconnection between all dimensions. Below you can find short descriptions of what we mean when we talk about each dimension:


Ecological education and design is a multifaceted field embracing green regenerative architecture, sustainable agriculture, ecological engineering, permaculture solutions, clean renewable energy sources, eco system restoration and regenerative development. Any practises that help to sustain a pattern of ecological interdependencies and nurture the conditions for all living systems to thrive.


The social dimension aims to give people a better understanding of the true meaning of social equity and participatory action and to enable participants to apply transformative tools that align us with more resilient social systems. Our relationship with others is too dear to let it default to old domineering paradigms.

Many activities talk about non-violent communication, participatory decision-making, how to engage in empowering leadership skills and examining our existing relationships. 


An increasing amount of people know that our current economic system is no longer sustainable, yet awareness of alternative finance is spreading slowly.  The aim of the economic activities in the handbook and cards is to give you a better understanding of those alternatives and the true meaning of economy and wealth. Participants will learn about existing systems and tools that are useful, and will explore what it might take to re-design those that have proven dysfunctional.

Development in economy does not have to mean financial growth!


Explore many different perspectives and learn to build up a richer, more holistic worldview.

The worldview activities encourage participants to explore how their inner beliefs and cultural heritage impact their way of thinking. Our internal mindsets have a very strong impact on how we feel about climate change and action towards it. 

The activities dive deep into the daily practice of socially and ecologically engaged spirituality; the relation between science and religion; and the creative power of positive visions of our common future.

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