Education for Sustainability (EfS) | Pioneering LSBU course celebrates 21st anniversary

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[NOTE: Text, photographs and graphics by Asitha Jayawardena (http://uk.linkedin.com/in/asithaj) as part of his Sustainable University One-stop Shop Experiment (http://www.sustainableuni.kk5.org/) recognised in UNEP Greening Universities Toolkit (http://www.sustainabilityexchange.ac.uk/files/unep_greening_university_toolkit-final-small_size.pdf, page 61). Other sources of photographs are mentioned under the relevant graphic.]

 

Is the education that we are providing adequate to face the challenges that we are facing today? asked Professor Stephen Sterling (Professor of Sustainability Education at the Centre for Sustainable Futures, Plymouth University) in his keynote speech at the 21st anniversary celebratory conference of the EfS programme at London South Bank University (LSBU) held at LSBU on 13 January 2017.

 

Titled ‘Celebrating 21 Years of EfS: Moving forward in an age of global uncertainty’, the event brought together academics, students, alumni and practitioners, who collectively reflected on the impact of EfS and looked forward to future developments in this important field of education.

 

The programme featured a keynote, talks, panel discussions, workshops, stories from current students and alumni of the course, a poster exhibition and a celebratory reception.

 

Welcome and introduction

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Welcome

 

Welcoming the participants, Professor Patrick Bailey (Deputy Vice Chancellor LSBU) highlighted that sustainability is so complex that no single area of expertise can solve the wicked problems associated with it, emphasising the need for an interdisciplinary approach.

 

He said that it is social justice that needs to be at the heart of sustainability, so that everything else would follow, even environmental protection.

 

He revealed that he doesn’t believe in climate change because it is not a religion and that, like himself, we all should become climate change critics. He said that there is 98% certainty that climate change is happening and 95% certainty that it is human-driven and warned that the consequences of not taking this clear evidence into account would be very serious.

 

He congratulated the outgoing course director, Professor Ros Wade, who had been at the helm of the course for the last 21 years from the very beginning.

 

Introduction

 

Dr Jaya Gajparia, the new director of the EfS programme, gave an overview of the course.

 

She said that the EfS course, which offers postgraduate courses from Continued Professional Development (CPD) to Masters level with a range of flexible study modes, including distance learning, spans the theory and practice of EfS, enabling students to explore and expand the role that EfS can play in educational, social, political and economic change.

 

She also said that the course, which is designed for anyone interested in paving the way for a more sustainable world by way of understanding, educating or promoting sustainability, comprises six modules, with case studies and readings from a range of global regions; they are designed to be applicable to any type of educational or country context.

 

Moreover, she talked about the roots of the course, which lie the 1992 UN Earth Summit in Rio, Brazil, where a commitment was made to integrate environmental and development concerns in the emerging concept of sustainability while emphasising the importance of education’s role in building a sustainable world. In response to this, she said, a group of development and environmental organisations – with the financial contributions from WWF-UK, Oxfam and the EU – got together with LSBU and the eventual result was this EfS programme.

 

Finally, she observed that, over the last 21 years, the world’s first ever Masters programme of this kind has continued to grow steadily as a dynamic interface between theory and practice in EfS, with students and alumni from all continents – except Antarctica!

 

Panel discussion

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The panels discussion was on ‘Reflections on the past, planning for the future.’

 

The panel, chaired by Professor Stephen Sterling (Plymouth University), comprised Professor Ros Wade (LSBU), Dr Paul Vare (University of Gloucestershire), Betty Okot (Alumni from Uganda/ Keele University), Safia Minney (People Tree) and Professor Craig Barker (LSBU). The panellists answered the chair’s questions and then, in the end, questions from the audience.

 

Professor Ros Wade, outgoing course director, observed that this EfS course has been a collaboration from the very beginning – between environmental and development educators, between academia and NGOs and so on.

 

She said that EfS not being a fixed discipline or field, the course has been developed in line with solving real world problems, based mainly on practice, enabling students to explore and expand the role of EfS in their own personal and professional journeys.

 

To her, transformatory aspect is key to the course although which brings in tensions, such as allowing for transformation, emergence, openness and originality vs. learning outcomes.

 

She revealed that it was people who made the course a resounding success, especially the students.

 

She also mentioned Journeys around Education for Sustainability, the book that the course published in 2008 from the work of the course participants and directors.

 

Betty Okot (Keele University), an alumna from Uganda, talked about how the EfS course made her a confident agent of change, elaborating on her work in making positive change in community policing in Uganda.

 

Dr Paul Vare (University of Gloucestershire) emphasised that the economic goal is too narrow for education and that critical thinking should play a key role of education.

 

Safia Minney (founder of People Tree) suggested that more pressure should be exerted on governments and corporations to battle modern slavery and that the movie ‘True Cost’ should be shown to teachers.

 

Professor Craig Barker (Dean, School of Law and Social Sciences, LSBU) said that many countries takes responsibility seriously but international law is constrained by political will.

 

Course impact | Stories from students and alumni

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The session on the impact of the course was chaired by Dr Glenn Strachan (LSBU), who himself was a student on the course and then a co-director.

 

Students and alumni from Lesotho, Rwanda, UK and Cameroon (on Skype) shared their stories. The course has helped them in different ways, including:

  • Enhancing thinking and practice
  • To become what one wanted to be (now this student wants help others to become what they want to be)
  • To look deeply into the alternatives to the mainstream
  • To effect personal change for good in their own life and space
  • To become confident and effective agents of change

 

Sustainability at LSBU

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James Whittingham (Sustainability Manager at LSBU) outlined the university’s 3C-framework that drives sustainability change by addressing both hearts and minds of the LSBU community; the framework comprises campus, curriculum and community.

 

Students’ posters were on display during the lunch break.

 

Workshops

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(Poppy Flint’s photograph is from her LinkedIn profile)

 

A parallel session comprised two workshops and an exhibition:

  • Poppy Flint (This is Rubbish) on the anti-food waste edible educational programme
  • Alia Al Zougbi (HEC Global Learning Centre) on a global learning approach to teaching about refugees
  • Whole Earth Exhibition at LSBU (led by Rebecca Drahota, Annie Nilisson and Malin Lundberg)

 

‘Whole Earth?’ exhibition, launched in autumn 2015 at the Eden Project, is hosted by universities and schools in the UK and Scandinavia. It is a partnership between Hard Rain Project, the National Union of Students (NUS) and the Environmental the Association of Universities and Colleges (EAUC).

 

UK Commonwealth Scholarship Commission’s contribution to sustainable development

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(Main photograph from the Flickr photo album of Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the UK https://www.flickr.com/photos/cscuk/albums/72157676161994213)

 

Two representatives from the UK Commonwealth Scholarship Commission, which funds the African Scholarship programme of the course, outlined its contribution to sustainable development and empowerment through its scholarship scheme.

 

The RCE movement and Education for Sustainability (EfS)

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Professor Ros Wade (Chair, London Regional Centre of Expertise RCE in Education for Sustainable Development ESD) revealed how the existence of the course at LSBU was instrumental in the development of LSBU as the host of the RCE London, which is part of the UN University’s global RCE network. She drew attention to the European RCE meeting 2016 that RCE London and LSBU hosted in June last year.

 

Keynote | Future challenges for EfS

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What’s wrong with education today? Is the education that we are providing adequate to face the challenges that we are facing today? asked Professor Stephen Sterling, delivering the keynote on the future challenges for EfS.

 

Today, conventional knowledge is not adequate, he observed, emphasising that extraordinary times require extraordinary responses. He viewed the birth of this course as an example of such an extraordinary response from environmental and development education communities.

 

Good education should enable us to question assumptions, including our own, as this course encourages its students to do so, he said.

 

Future challenges for EfS are numerous, he said, taking tension as an example, between fragmentation and integration. Other challenges that he had mentioned include staying within fixed boundaries, issues related to labels and identities and obtaining better co-evaluation with society.

 

Although much more needs to be done, what EfS/ ESD (Education for Sustainable Development) has achieved in the last couple of decades is phenomenal, he observed. For instance, he said, in the 1990s EfS/ ESD was almost non-existent but today it enjoys global influence at the UN level.

 

Presentation of certificates

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After the keynote, Professor Sterling awarded certificates to the students who had participated in a recent residential of the course.

 

The day ended with a celebratory reception.

 

Note: All logos and screenshots are from respective websites.

 

 

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London South Bank University (LSBU)

 

RCE London | @RCELondon https://londonrcenews.wordpress.com/

 

WWF-UK @wwf_uk https://www.wwf.org.uk/

 

Oxfam UK @oxfamgb http://www.oxfam.org.uk/

 

Plymouth University | Centre for Sustainable Futures (CSF) @PlymouthCSF https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/your-university/sustainability/sustainability-education

 

University of Gloucestershire | Sustainability @UniGlosSustain http://sustainability.glos.ac.uk/

 

Keele University | Green Keele | @GreenKeele https://www.keele.ac.uk/greenkeele/

 

People Tree | @PeopleTree http://www.peopletree.co.uk/

 

HEC (Humanities Education Centre) Global Learning Centre @HECglobal http://www.globallearninglondon.org/

 

This is Rubbish @foodwaste http://www.thisisrubbish.org.uk/

 

Hard Rain / Whole Earth? exhibition http://www.hardrainproject.com/

 

Eden Project @edenproject http://www.edenproject.com/

 

Environmental the Association of Universities and Colleges (EAUC) @TheEAUC http://www.eauc.org.uk/

 

National Union of Students (NUS) | Sustainability http://sustainability.nus.org.uk/

 

The Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the UK @CommSchols http://cscuk.dfid.gov.uk/

 

 

New websites of the Sustainable University Experiment

Sustainability Education and Engagement through STORYTELLING

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Sustainability Storytelling website | https://sustystory.wordpress.com/

 

Sustainability through Science & Research COMMUNICATION (Knowledge journalism)

Sustainability Communication website | https://sustycomm.wordpress.com/

 

From The Sustainable University News website

 

ESD London Conference | Sustainability is a core theme in higher education today and will remain so tomorrow, says VC LSBU https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/06/15/esd-london-conference-sustainability-is-a-core-theme-in-higher-education-today-and-will-remain-so-tomorrow-says-vc-lsbu/

 

Newcastle Conf | Public engagement as a promoter of policymakers’ uptake of sustainability research findings? https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2016/11/14/newcastle-conf-public-engagement-as-a-promoter-of-policymakers-uptake-of-sustainability-research-findings/

 

Limits to growth, audacity of hope and moral imagination reign at CUSP Reinventing Prosperity event in London https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2016/12/11/limits-to-growth-audacity-of-hope-and-moral-imagination-reign-at-cusp-reinventing-prosperity-event-in-london/

 

Universities have an obligation to empower graduates to deal with climate change, says Porritt at LSBU https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2015/10/20/universities-have-an-obligation-to-empower-graduates-to-deal-with-climate-change-says-porritt-at-lsbu/

 

LSBU and RCE London host European RCE Meeting 2016 https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2016/09/27/lsbu-and-rce-london-host-european-rce-meeting-2016/

 

Delivering ESD and graduate attributes through Hybrid Problem-Based Learning https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/07/16/delivering-esd-and-graduate-attributes-through-hybrid-problem-based-learning/

 

Complexity, Interdisciplinarity and Sustainable Prosperity shine at Food-Energy-Water-Environment Nexus Conference 2015 https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2015/12/07/complexity-interdisciplinarity-and-sustainable-prosperity-shine-at-food-energy-water-environment-nexus-conference-2015/

 

From The Sustainable University Library

 

LSBU MSc in Education for Sustainability | How it enriched my perspective http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140507110247-101066234-lsbu-msc-in-education-for-sustainability-how-it-enriched-my-perspective

 

Education for Sustainability MSc at LSBU | A pioneer that brings together environment, development and education http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140905133659-101066234-education-for-sustainability-msc-at-lsbu-a-pioneer-that-brings-together-environment-development-and-education

 

The Sustainable University: Progress and prospects | Handbook to ‘the University of the Future’ http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20141002095117-101066234-the-sustainable-university-progress-and-prospects-handbook-to-the-university-of-the-future

 

Sustainability Engagement | Seven INNOVATION secrets discovered through my Sustainable University experiment https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/sustainability-engagement-seven-innovation-secrets-my-jayawardena

 

A university aspiring to do better in SUSTAINABILITY? The SUS (Sustainable University Support) Model as a helping hand? https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/university-aspiring-do-better-sustainability-sus-hand-jayawardena

 

New QAA/HEA ESD Guidance | Complementing UK Quality Code for Higher Education http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20141005134854-101066234-new-qaa-hea-esd-guidance-complementing-uk-quality-code-for-higher-education

 

Why universities should lead their wider communities’ sustainability endeavours | Three reasons https://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140606053309-101066234-why-universities-should-lead-their-wider-communities-sustainability-endeavours-three-reasons

 

A green tale of four UK universities | HEA Green Academy workshops – Worcester, Canterbury Christ Church, Bristol and Nottingham https://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140718111751-101066234-a-green-tale-of-four-uk-universities-hea-green-academy-workshops-worcester-canterbury-christ-church-bristol-and-nottingham

 

 

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Celebrating 21 years of Education for Sustainability (EfS) at London South Bank University (LSBU)

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The 21st anniversary celebratory conference of the Education for Sustainability MSc programme at London South Bank University (LSBU) will take place at LSBU’s Clarence Centre for Enterprise and Innovation (SE1 6FE) on 13 January 2017 from 9.30am to 6 pm.

 

This free event will celebrate 21 years of Education for Sustainability MSc at LSBU, reflecting on the impact of EfS and looking forward to future developments in this important field of education.

 

It will feature a keynote, talks, panel discussions, workshops, stories from current students and alumni, a poster exhibition and a celebratory reception.

 

Speakers and panellists

 

Among the speakers and panellists so far confirmed are:

  • Professor Stephen Sterling, Plymouth University (keynote)
  • Safia Minney, the founder of People Tree
  • Naomi Namara Karekaho, National Environment Management Authority Uganda

 

Professor Stephen Sterling, Professor of Sustainability Education at the Centre for Sustainable Futures, Plymouth University, will deliver the keynote speech on the importance of Education for Sustainability (EfS) work in an age of global uncertainty. A former Senior Advisor to the UK Higher Education Academy on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), and a National Teaching Fellow, Professor Sterling has worked in environmental and sustainability education in the academic and NGO fields nationally and internationally for over three decades, including as a consultant and advisor on UNESCO’S ESD programmes.

 

Safia Minney, the founder of People Tree, will speak to us about her work, the challenges and barriers we face today and the role of education in creating social change. Well-known in the Fair Trade movement, Safia is recognised internationally as the pioneer of sustainable fashion and as an Outstanding Social Entrepreneur by the World Economic Forum. Safia launched Global Village in 1991 in Japan, out of which People Tree was born, and then in London in 2000.  People Tree was the world’s first fashion company to achieve organic and Fair Trade certification.

 

Naomi Namara Karekaho, an alumna from Uganda, will share the impact of EfS in her work at the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) in Uganda. She has 14 years of experience in the communication and education sectors is currently the Corporate Communications Manager at the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA), a public institution that uses information to empower Uganda’s public to actively and proactively participate in the utilisation of the country’s natural resources to ensure social and economic freedom.

 

Education for Sustainability MSc at LSBU

 

Designed for anyone interested in paving the way for a more sustainable world by way of understanding, educating or promoting sustainability, the Education for Sustainability (EfS) programme at LSBU offers postgraduate courses from Continued Professional Development to Masters level with a range of flexible study modes, including distance learning. It deals with the theory and practice of EfS, enabling students to explore and expand the role that EfS can play in educational, social, political and economic change.

 

All modules, with case studies and readings from a range of global regions, are designed to be applicable to any type of educational or country context:

  • An Introduction to education for sustainability
  • Values and participation in EFS; from local to global
  • Leadership, learning and climate change: the sustainability revolution
  • Theory and perspectives on environment and development
  • Science and culture in education for sustainability
  • Researching education for Sustainability
  • Dissertation (MSc only)

 

The roots of the course lie in the 1992 UN Earth Summit in Rio, Brazil, where a commitment was made to integrate environmental and development concerns in the emerging concept of sustainability while emphasising the importance of education’s role in building a sustainable world. In response to this a group of development and environmental organisations – with the financial contributions from WWF-UK, Oxfam and the EU – got together with LSBU and the eventual result was this EfS programme.

 

Over the last 21 years, the course – the world’s first ever Masters programme of this kind – has continued to grow steadily as a dynamic interface between theory and practice in EfS, both within and outside the UK. For example, its existence at LSBU has been instrumental in the development of LSBU as the host of a United Nations Regional Centre of Expertise (RCE) in Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), namely the RCE London.

 

The event is free to attend but prior registration is required. Please visit the Eventbrite page below.

 

Note: LSBU logo is from the LSBU website

 

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Event page on LSBU website | Celebrating 21 years of Education for Sustainability http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/whats-on/celebrating-21-years-efs-130117

 

Registration | Eventbrite page https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/celebrating-21-years-of-efs-tickets-29435959748

 

Professor Stephen Sterling https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/staff/stephen-sterling

 

Safia Minney http://www.safia-minney.com/ | @SafiaMinney

 

Education for Sustainability MSc at LSBU:

 

London South Bank University (LSBU) | Sustainability http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/about-us/sustainability

 

RCE London website https://londonrcenews.wordpress.com/

 

New websites of the Sustainable University Experiment

 

Sustainability through Science & Research COMMUNICATION

Sustainability Communication website | https://sustycomm.wordpress.com/

 

Sustainability Education and Engagement through STORYTELLING

Sustainability Storytelling website | https://sustystory.wordpress.com/

 

From The Sustainable University News website

 

ESD London Conference | Sustainability is a core theme in higher education today and will remain so tomorrow, says VC LSBU https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/06/15/esd-london-conference-sustainability-is-a-core-theme-in-higher-education-today-and-will-remain-so-tomorrow-says-vc-lsbu/

 

Universities have an obligation to empower graduates to deal with climate change, says Porritt at LSBU https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2015/10/20/universities-have-an-obligation-to-empower-graduates-to-deal-with-climate-change-says-porritt-at-lsbu/

 

LSBU and RCE London host European RCE Meeting 2016 https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2016/09/27/lsbu-and-rce-london-host-european-rce-meeting-2016/

 

Limits to growth, audacity of hope and moral imagination reign at CUSP Reinventing Prosperity event in London https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2016/12/11/limits-to-growth-audacity-of-hope-and-moral-imagination-reign-at-cusp-reinventing-prosperity-event-in-london/

 

Newcastle Conf | Public engagement as a promoter of policymakers’ uptake of sustainability research findings? https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2016/11/14/newcastle-conf-public-engagement-as-a-promoter-of-policymakers-uptake-of-sustainability-research-findings/

 

Delivering ESD and graduate attributes through Hybrid Problem-Based Learning https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/07/16/delivering-esd-and-graduate-attributes-through-hybrid-problem-based-learning/

 

Complexity, Interdisciplinarity and Sustainable Prosperity shine at Food-Energy-Water-Environment Nexus Conference 2015 https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2015/12/07/complexity-interdisciplinarity-and-sustainable-prosperity-shine-at-food-energy-water-environment-nexus-conference-2015/

 

From The Sustainable University Library

 

Education for Sustainability MSc at LSBU | A pioneer that brings together environment, development and education http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140905133659-101066234-education-for-sustainability-msc-at-lsbu-a-pioneer-that-brings-together-environment-development-and-education

 

LSBU MSc in Education for Sustainability | How it enriched my perspective http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140507110247-101066234-lsbu-msc-in-education-for-sustainability-how-it-enriched-my-perspective

 

The Sustainable University: Progress and prospects | Handbook to ‘the University of the Future’ http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20141002095117-101066234-the-sustainable-university-progress-and-prospects-handbook-to-the-university-of-the-future

 

Sustainability Engagement | Seven INNOVATION secrets discovered through my Sustainable University experiment https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/sustainability-engagement-seven-innovation-secrets-my-jayawardena

 

A university aspiring to do better in SUSTAINABILITY? The SUS (Sustainable University Support) Model as a helping hand? https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/university-aspiring-do-better-sustainability-sus-hand-jayawardena

 

Sustainability-oriented poetry | Ten unforgettable pieces from Byron to Tennyson http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140421183727-101066234-sustainability-oriented-poetry-ten-unforgettable-pieces-from-byron-to-tennyson

 

New QAA/HEA ESD Guidance | Complementing UK Quality Code for Higher Education http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20141005134854-101066234-new-qaa-hea-esd-guidance-complementing-uk-quality-code-for-higher-education

 

Why universities should lead their wider communities’ sustainability endeavours | Three reasons https://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140606053309-101066234-why-universities-should-lead-their-wider-communities-sustainability-endeavours-three-reasons

 

A green tale of four UK universities | HEA Green Academy workshops – Worcester, Canterbury Christ Church, Bristol and Nottingham https://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140718111751-101066234-a-green-tale-of-four-uk-universities-hea-green-academy-workshops-worcester-canterbury-christ-church-bristol-and-nottingham

 

Sustainability-oriented quotes and sayings | Twenty gems from Native Americans to Einstein http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140524074906-101066234-sustainability-oriented-quotes-and-sayings-twenty-gems-from-native-americans-to-einstein

 

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Asitha on LinkedIn | http://uk.linkedin.com/in/asithaj/

 

Prosperity and Growth | Church House and Parliament to host two events in London on 28 November

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The Church House and the House of Commons will host two events – a dialogue on The Nature of Prosperity and a debate titled ‘The End of Growth’ – in London on 28 November 2016.

 

Event 1 | Nature of Prosperity Dialogue: The Audacity of Hope

 

The first event, the Nature of Prosperity Dialogue: The Audacity of Hope, will take place at the Church House, Westminster, London SW1P 3NZ on 28 November 2016 from 1.30 to 5.30pm.

 

This is the second of the series of dialogues on the Nature of Prosperity, organised by the Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP). The first event was held in May 2016.

 

This second event will comprise two keynotes:

  • The Audacity of Hope | Baron Rowan Williams, chair of the dialogues
  • Reinventing prosperity | Professor Jørgen Randers (co-author of the 1972 Limits to Growth study) and Dr Graeme Maxton (Secretary General of the Club of Rome)

 

In his keynote Baron Rowan Williams will set out his own vision for a lasting and inclusive prosperity, particularly reflecting on the role of hope in a changing and uncertain world.

 

Professor Jørgen Randers and Dr Graeme Maxton will present their new book Reinventing Prosperity, which outlines “thirteen politically feasible proposals to improve our world”. You can read Its first chapter can be accessed on the Club of Rome website free of charge (see link below this post).

 

Dr Camilla Toulmin (Chair CUSP Advisory Board; Professor in Practice, Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University; and Senior Fellow, Climate Change, International Institute for Environment and Development IIED) will facilitate the subsequent discussion sessions.

 

Professor Tim Jackson (CUSP Director and Professor of Sustainable Development, University of Surrey) will deliver the welcome and introduction and the closing remarks.

 

The event will also feature an exhibition titled ‘A dream of a low carbon future’ during the refreshments and will end with a book signing with drinks reception.

 

The event is free to attend but registration is required on its Eventbrite page (see link below).

 

The Nature of Prosperity series of public debates, hosted by CUSP, engages young and old alike across business, policy and civil society in perhaps the biggest question of our time: What does prosperity mean in a world of environmental and social limits?

 

The inaugural event was held at the same venue on 23 May 2016.

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The CUSP is a project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

 

 

Event 2 | The End of Growth? Debate

 

The second event, a debate titled ‘The End of Growth?’ will take place in the House of Commons in London on 28 November 2016 from 6.30 to 8.30pm.

 

Hosted by the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Limits to Growth, this debate will focus on this question:

In a world of environmental and social limits, is there still a role for economic growth in delivering a sustainable prosperity?

 

The panel will comprise:

  • Federico Demaria (co-editor of Degrowth – A vocabulary for a new era)
  • Dr Graeme Maxton (Secretary General of the Club of Rome)
  • Professor Jørgen Randers (co-author of the 1972 Limits to Growth study)
  • Kate Raworth (author of Doughnut Economics: seven ways to think like a 21st century economist)

 

The debate will be chaired by Caroline Lucas, MP.

 

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Limits to Growth aims to provide a new platform for cross-party dialogue on economic growth in a time of environmental and social transition. It is chaired by Caroline Lucas MP (Green) and co-chaired by George Kerevan MP (SNP) and Daniel Zeichner MP (Labour).

 

Note: Logos in the graphic are from respective websites; photos of the first Nature of Prosperity event in May are by Asitha Jayawardena

 

More…

 

Nature of Prosperity Dialogue: The Audacity of Hope:

 

The End of Growth? Debate | webpage http://limits2growth.org.uk/hoc_28nov/

 

Book | Reinventing Prosperity http://www.clubofrome.org/report/reinventing-prosperity/ (Read first chapter here for FREE)

 

Doughnut Economics | Kate Raworth https://www.kateraworth.com/doughnut/

 

Degrowth | Federico Demaria http://degrowth.org/

 

CUSP Working Paper Series No 2 | Beyond Consumer Capitalism – Foundations for a Sustainable Prosperity, by Prof Tim Jackson http://www.cusp.ac.uk/pub/wp2/

 

 

Sustainability education and engagement through storytelling

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#AlienLETTER series:

 

A game of plates at ‘Growth vs. Earth’ Café | Who depends on whom? https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/20140407045738-101066234-a-game-of-plates-at-growth-vs-earth-caf%C3%A9-who-depends-on-whom

 

 

From The Sustainable University News website

 

Researching the way for a Sustainable Prosperity | Surrey-led CUSP Centre begins journey https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2016/03/31/researching-the-way-for-a-sustainable-prosperity-surrey-led-cusp-centre-begins-journey/

 

Newcastle Conf | Public engagement as a promoter of policymakers’ uptake of sustainability research findings? https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2016/11/14/newcastle-conf-public-engagement-as-a-promoter-of-policymakers-uptake-of-sustainability-research-findings/

 

Complexity, Interdisciplinarity and Sustainable Prosperity shine at Food-Energy-Water-Environment Nexus Conference 2015 https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2015/12/07/complexity-interdisciplinarity-and-sustainable-prosperity-shine-at-food-energy-water-environment-nexus-conference-2015/

 

Sustainable Lifestyles conference | Good life of the good person is only possible in a good society, says Prof Jackson https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/06/09/sustainable-lifestyles-conference-good-life-of-the-good-person-is-only-possible-in-a-good-society-says-prof-jackson/

 

UCL Grand Challenges celebration | How does Civilisation get to 22nd century without collapse? asks Professor Price https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/10/21/ucl-grand-challenges-celebration-how-does-civilisation-get-to-22nd-century-without-collapse-asks-professor-price/

 

 

From The Sustainable University Library

 

The business case for sustainability | What CEOs of Unilever, M&S and TUI say https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/business-case-sustainability-what-ceos-unilever-ms-tui-jayawardena

 

HExit | Turning Brexit into a global leadership opportunity for UK higher education https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/hexit-turning-brexit-global-leadership-opportunity-uk-jayawardena

 

Sustainability Engagement | Seven INNOVATION secrets discovered through my Sustainable University experiment https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/sustainability-engagement-seven-innovation-secrets-my-jayawardena

 

Sustainability-oriented poetry | Ten unforgettable pieces from Byron to Tennyson https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/02/17/sustainability-oriented-poetry-ten-unforgettable-pieces-from-byron-to-tennyson/

 

Can’t fit 7 billion into a six-bed (space) hotel? But we live as if we could….! https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/02/23/cant-fit-7-billion-into-a-six-bed-space-hotel-but-we-live-as-if-we-could/

 

Three BIG business leaders, one BIG concern | Can they all be wrong? https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/02/23/three-big-business-leaders-one-big-concern-can-they-all-be-wrong/

 

Making sense of sustainability (or sustainable development) | A look at seven definitions https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/02/17/making-sense-of-sustainability-or-sustainable-development-a-look-at-seven-definitions/

 

‘A cylinder of oxygen, please!’ | Why we should be worrying about natural resources https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/02/17/a-cylinder-of-oxygen-please-why-we-should-be-worrying-about-natural-resources/

 

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The Nature of Prosperity | Dr Rowan Williams, Satish Kumar and others in conversation in London on 23 May

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An event, titled ‘The Nature of Prosperity,’ will take place in London (Central Hall Westminster, Storey’s Gate, London, SW1H 9NH) on 23 May 2016 from 14:30 to 18:30.

 

Hosted by the Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP), this event is the first in a series of public debates on the nature of prosperity. It will bring together academia, business, policy and civil society in exploration of one of the most vital questions today: What does prosperity mean in a world of environmental and social limits?

 

The event also marks the launch of CUSP, a project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

 

The event features Dr Rowan Williams (the former Archbishop of Canterbury) in conversation with long-time peace and environmental activist Satish Kumar. Other speakers include: Jane Elliott (Chief Executive of the ESRC), Karen Hamilton (Global Vice President Sustainable Business, Unilever), Tim Jackson (Director of CUSP) and Caroline Lucas (MP and Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Limits to Growth).

 

CUSP, a multi-disciplinary centre led by the University of Surrey, has an overall aim of exploring the economic, ecological, social and governance dimensions of sustainable prosperity and of making concrete recommendations to government, business and civil society in pursuit of it. Its guiding vision for sustainable prosperity is one in which people everywhere have the capability to flourish as human beings – within the ecological and resource constraints of a finite planet.

 

Notes: (1) This post is based on the news post on the CUSP website. (2) Logos in the graphic are also from CUSP and ESRC websites.

 

More…

 

Event page on the CUSP website http://www.cusp.ac.uk/news/nature-of-prosperity/

 

Enquiries: events@cusp.ac.uk

 

Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP) http://www.cusp.ac.uk/ | @CUSP_uk

 

Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) http://www.esrc.ac.uk/ | @esrc

 

Dr Rowan Williams (104th Archbishop of Canterbury) | Magdalene College, University of Cambridge http://www.magd.cam.ac.uk/dr-rowan-williams/

 

Satish Kumar | Resurgence & Ecologist magazine http://www.resurgence.org/satish-kumar/ | @Resurgence_mag

 

Jane Elliott | ESRC http://www.esrc.ac.uk/about-us/governance-and-structure/esrc-council/jane-elliott-esrc-chief-executive/ | @JaneElliott66

 

Sustainable Living | Unilever https://www.unilever.com/sustainable-living/ | @Unilever

 

Connie Hedegaard | Connie Hedegaard Foundation http://krfnd.org/team/connie-hedegaard/ | @CoHedegaard

 

Professor Tim Jackson | University of Surrey http://www.surrey.ac.uk/ces/people/tim_jackson/ | @ProfTimJackson

 

Caroline Lucas MP http://www.carolinelucas.com/ | @CarolineLucas

 

 

#AlienLETTER series | Sustainability education through storytelling-driven letter writing

 

#AlienLETTER 1 | Paris climate change deal costs Earth a galactic award, reveals an alien letter to the UN https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/paris-climate-change-deal-costs-earth-galactic-award-un-jayawardena

 

#AlienLETTER 2 | Earth could learn from Milky Way’s Galactic Convention on Successful Life https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/earth-could-learn-from-milky-ways-galactic-convention-jayawardena

 

#AlienLETTER 3 | Mother Nature is in charge but humanity can take control of her https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/mother-nature-charge-humanity-can-take-control-her-3-jayawardena

 

 

From The Sustainable University News website

 

Researching the way for a Sustainable Prosperity | Surrey-led CUSP Centre begins journey https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2016/03/31/researching-the-way-for-a-sustainable-prosperity-surrey-led-cusp-centre-begins-journey/

 

Complexity, Interdisciplinarity and Sustainable Prosperity shine at Food-Energy-Water-Environment Nexus Conference 2015 https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2015/12/07/complexity-interdisciplinarity-and-sustainable-prosperity-shine-at-food-energy-water-environment-nexus-conference-2015/

 

Sustainable Lifestyles conference | Good life of the good person is only possible in a good society, says Prof Jackson https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/06/09/sustainable-lifestyles-conference-good-life-of-the-good-person-is-only-possible-in-a-good-society-says-prof-jackson/

 

UCL Grand Challenges celebration | How does Civilisation get to 22nd century without collapse? asks Professor Price https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/10/21/ucl-grand-challenges-celebration-how-does-civilisation-get-to-22nd-century-without-collapse-asks-professor-price/

 

UCL Conference: Denaturalising nature, just sustainabilities and an ‘Environment Domain’ https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/06/19/ucl-conference-denaturalising-nature-just-sustainabilities-and-an-environment-domain/

 

 

From The Sustainable University Library

 

Surrey-coordinated SLRG | Nurturing sustainable living through research https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/02/23/surrey-coordinated-slrg-nurturing-sustainable-living-through-research/

 

A game of plates at ‘Growth vs. Earth’ Café | Who depends on whom? https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/01/30/a-game-of-plates-at-growth-vs-earth-cafe-who-depends-on-whom/

 

Can’t fit 7 billion into a six-bed (space) hotel? But we live as if we could….! https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/02/23/cant-fit-7-billion-into-a-six-bed-space-hotel-but-we-live-as-if-we-could/

 

Three BIG business leaders, one BIG concern | Can they all be wrong? https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/02/23/three-big-business-leaders-one-big-concern-can-they-all-be-wrong/

 

Sustainability-oriented poetry | Ten unforgettable pieces from Byron to Tennyson https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/02/17/sustainability-oriented-poetry-ten-unforgettable-pieces-from-byron-to-tennyson/

 

Sustainability-oriented quotes and sayings | Twenty gems from Native Americans to Einstein https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/02/17/sustainability-oriented-quotes-and-sayings-twenty-gems-from-native-americans-to-einstein/

 

Making sense of sustainability (or sustainable development) | A look at seven definitions https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/02/17/making-sense-of-sustainability-or-sustainable-development-a-look-at-seven-definitions/

 

‘A cylinder of oxygen, please!’ | Why we should be worrying about natural resources https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/02/17/a-cylinder-of-oxygen-please-why-we-should-be-worrying-about-natural-resources/

 

 

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EAUC webinar series on Research and Sustainability

Research and Sustainability, a three-part webinar series delivered by Jimmy Brannigan, Director of ESD Consulting Ltd and hosted by the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC), will take place from 15 to 21 March 2012.

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Higher Education’s Commitment to Sustainability: a UN global report

Higher Education’s Commitment to Sustainability: From Understanding to Action, a UN-commissioned global report on Higher Education for Sustainability, was released recently. The report, fourth in a series published by the Global Universities Network for Innovation (GUNI) in collaboration with the United Nations University, includes papers by 85 authors from 38 countries.

Professor Daniella Tilbury of the University of Gloucestershire has authored the initial chapter, Higher Education for Sustainability: A Global Overview of Commitment and Progress.

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