Dustin Eirdosh, M.Sc., is the curriculum designer for the Berlin-based NGO Big Red Earth, working to cultivate capacity in Madagascar’s southwestern University of Toliara, supporting leadership in applied studies of sustainable development. Originally trained as a Human Ecologist specializing in civic education and agriculture; Dustin has spent most of the last decade developing education innovation projects in Maine, as well as as producing Grass-fed beef & dairy products in Maine, Washington State, and Pennsylvania. During graduate studies in the political psychology of agricultural biotechnology at the University of Kassel-Witzenhausen, Germany; he moved to Madagascar in 2012 to work on projects that integrate evolutionary sciences across disciplines; including in the reflective development of emerging technologies in the context of higher education. These early efforts have led to the creation of the NGO Big Red Earth in the summer of 2015. Together with his wife, agronomist, Dr. Susan Hanisch, Big Red Earth provides professional development, networking, and financial strategy services to Madagascar’s University of Toliara. Additionally, in collaboration with the University, Big Red Earth is the lead organizer of the new annual conference series Madagascar 2030: The Role of Universities in Sustainable Development.
Dustin coordinates and contributes to several social media ventures including:
Biotech & Your Brain: A Global Forum for Educators is a facebook group for educators of all stripes to share resources and discuss the nuances of teaching not just the science of agricultural biotechnology, but also the policy debates and the psychology of science underpinning this controversial political discourse.
The Malagasy Youth Action Network (MYAN) is an informal network of Malagasy youth interested in both sustainable development, and also increasing the english-language voice of Malagasy youth in the global discourse on development issues through social media content.
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"Can Teaching Evolution Help Kids Flourish In School And In Life?" Evolution Institute (Mar 22, 2016)
"Big Red Earth Rises: a Novel NGO for Sustainable Development in Madagascar" Ethical Technology (Oct 10, 2015)
"Fixing Missouri: A Lesson from Madagascar" Mythic Minds (Feb 26, 2014)
"Project Citizen Through the Lens of Big History" PEAR Lab (Feb 15, 2014)
"The School as Superorganism: Cooperation, Control, and Working Across the Moral Matrix" mythicminds (Feb 8, 2014)
"Project Citizen & The Politics of Play in Madagascar" Mythic Minds (Jan 29, 2014)
"Searching for Superorganisms: An Urban Expedition in Madagascar" AFP: Madagascar (Jan 8, 2014)
"Evolving Democracy and STEAMing BIG History" (Aug 22, 2013)
"Lemur Steaks & Pigeon Pickings - The Malagasy Bushmeat Conundrum" Mythic Meats (Sep 22, 2012)
"The Rise of Big History: An Evolutionary Pedagogy for the Future" Ethical Technology (Sep 14, 2012)
"If Cows Were Time Travelers - The BioPolitics of Animal Consciousness" Mythic Meats (Sep 11, 2012)
"A Contact Lens for Cows?" Mythic Meats (Sep 4, 2012)
"Reasonable Genes, Rational Responses? - the polarized battle on GMOs" Mythic Meats (Aug 21, 2012)
IEET Digital Democracy and Education in Madagascar 2014 (Jan 18, 2014)
IEET Madagascar (Aug 09, 2013)
IEET’s African Futures Project delivers Cellphones to Madagascar (Aug 20, 2012)