The Rescope Project

Regenerate your world

The Rescope Project

Regenerate your world

The Rescope Project

The pioneering work of the founder of The Rescope Project, the late Professor Frank Fisher, was recognised with the award of Inaugural Australian Environmental Educator of the Year in 2007. He had become renowned for his development of the transformative Masters program in Environmental Science at Monash University over a generation.

During 2005 the original incarnation of The Rescope Project, the Understandascope, was created as a unit of Monash University. Its name and logo was drawn from the famous cartoon by Australian National Living Treasure, Michael Leunig.

This initial incarnation was to last two years. In 2012, the Understandascope was re-launched with Anthony James taking joint hold of the reins soon after Frank was diagnosed with cancer. Victoria’s then Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability and Monash Masters alumnus, Professor Kate Auty, cut the ribbon.

The Rescope Project

The founder of The Rescope Project, the late Professor Frank Fisher, had developed what many in the field would come to regard as legendary integrity and teaching methods, both based on a strong foundation of personal practice. If the learning wasn’t lived, it wasn’t understood. And if it wasn’t understood, we would be stuck living the way we’ve been living, with various seemingly interminable problems intensifying.

Anthony had commenced teaching with Frank at Swinburne University in 2010. Following Frank’s cancer diagnosis the following year Anthony was determined that the idea of the Understandascope, dusty gem as it was, should not die with him.

As ever, given he’d lived with chronic illness for forty years, Frank was keen to ride the wave for as long as it lasted. The Understandascope was rebooted as an independent, informal collaboration of respected individuals and organisations interested in a particular approach to what had come to be called sustainability. We think of this as essentially becoming a more self-aware, engaged, humble and wise society, sharing the planet well with other living beings.

​Following a few years operating as this informal collaboration of professionals, academics, artists, designers, business people and others, the Understandascope incorporated in 2016. Soon after, with a nod to our past, and a more explicit agenda for engaging the broader public and catalysing change, it became The Rescope Project.

Ivo Valkenburg

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