A decade of Sustainable SYSTEMS | The Schumacher Institute holds a celebratory conference in Bristol

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The Schumacher Institute for Sustainable Systems held its tenth anniversary celebratory conference in Bristol on 24 May 2018.

 

Titled ‘From Systemic Collapse to Civilizational Transformation’, the event comprised a keynote and three other talks, two thematic discussion sessions in groups and an overview on the Institute’s work and achievements, along with the launch of its SYSTEM CHANGE journal and its reader-attraction mechanism, Café SYSTEM CHANGE magazine.

 

Welcome & Introduction

 

In his welcome, Ian Roderick (Director, The Schumacher Institute), highlighted the Institute’s endeavour to seek a transformation through a systemic approach in response to the sustainability crises that society is facing.

 

Providing an introduction to the event, Dr Jenneth Parker (Research Director, The Schumacher Institute), outlined that, although the Institute intended to showcase a decade of its work at this event they would like to hear from the participants.

 

Keynote

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Dr Nafeez Ahmed, award-winning investigative journalist, bestselling author, transdisciplinary academic, documentary film-maker, science fiction novelist and musician, delivered the keynote, Breakthrough change at the crisis threshold: Toward an adaptive response in the shift to our inevitable post-carbon, post materialist future.

 

He warned that there exists escalating rupture between human civilisation and biophysical environment and one of the key reasons is the fact that humanity’s rate of consumption is overshooting the rates of renewal of nature.

 

He observed that the present system is dying and will be dead by the end of the century, warning that civilisation may collapse and may require millennia for recovery. He also drew attention to the fact that new system will present humanity with many opportunities and our task is to plant seeds now to build a better world after the demise of the current system.

 

Dr Ahmed’s comprehensive keynote was based on his 2017 book, Failing States, Collapsing Systems – Bio-Physical Triggers of Political Violence. He is also the author of A User’s Guide to the Crisis of Civilisation – And How to Save It (2010).

 

Three sessions: Human, technological and socio-ecological systems

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The event featured three sessions on systems, each with a talk:

  • The Human System
  • The Technological System
  • The Socio-ecological System

 

The Human System

 

Dr Lucy Ford (Senior Lecturer in International Relations at Oxford Brookes University) spoke on How might eco-psychology help in the transition to a sustainable future?

 

She reminded the audience that Earth is our only home and we are deeply connected to and dependent on Earth, adding that our physical and emotional health fundamentally depends on the living integrity of Earth.

 

She stated that, as eco-psychology puts it, there is a connection between healing ourselves and healing Earth and urged, as Schumacher has said, “Let’s put our inner house in order”. She also drew from Buddhist philosophy, stating that many things that Sigmund Freud told had been stated by the Buddha – some 2500 years ago.

 

She also outlined that humanity’s third revolution in the making – i.e. Sustainability revolution/ Great Turning (the first two are the Agricultural revolution and the Industrial revolution) – and also the accompanying transition from Industrial Growth Society to Life Sustaining Society.

 

The Technological System

 

Hilary Sutcliffe (Director of SocietyInside) spoke on Can technology work better for people and planet?

 

She observed that, as new technologies, such as gene editing, robotics, nanotech and artificial intelligence (AI) will transform our world, we should involve people to think through the ethical issues to make them work better for us all.

 

Because technology is created by humans, she said, that what is most influential is the ‘backstory’ – genetic inheritance, lived experience, beliefs, tribes, what’s right/wrong – which in fact is not at the back but at the front of everything we do.

 

Moreover, she said that, in the context of technology, responsible innovation and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), emerging is a changing role for civil society and also of the view that SDGs are much more than a glimmer of hope and tech companies have a positive attitude towards them.

 

The Socio-ecological System

 

Dr Susan Canney (Research Associate, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford and Director, Mali Elephant Project) spoke on How can humans and nature live together?

 

Her talk drew from the Mali Elephant Project, an innovative approach to elephant conservation through engagement with the wider social-ecological system rather than turning to conventional conservation.

 

She observed that a good thing about systems thinking is that it provides multiple ways of solving a problem.

 

Highlighting the fact that whole human life is based on the health of nature, she quoted a villager in Mali: “If elephants disappear, it means the environment is no longer good for us.” She also believed that both humanity and nature should benefit from each other.

 

She summed-up her systemic approach as follows:

  • Identify the vision.
  • Seek to understand your system; context is key.
  • Identify assets (e.g. people, features of the environment, institutions, laws) and join them up – adaptive solution.
  • Continually sense the state of the system.
  • Review, adapt, experiment when something isn’t working well or when the context changes.

 

Two thematic discussion sessions in groups

 

The conference offered the participants to engage in discussion through two thematic group discussion sessions in parallel, titled around the four themes of the Schumacher Institute:

  • Thematic Session 1: Making Sense and Inclusive Sustainability
  • Thematic Session 2: Living Futures and Prepare for Change

 

Ian Roderick, Dr Jenneth Parker and Martin Sandbrook introduced the themes and facilitated the groups along with other colleagues from the Institute, including Michael Clinton and Richard Hellen.

 

Making Sense

 

Systems sciences are essential to make sense of our interconnected world and to inform effective strategies and plans. The Institute promotes systems thinking, and associated tools and methods, through its learning programmes, seminars, conferences and communications. Its initiatives include the Systems Learning project, Systems Forum workshops, and the open access online journal SYSTEM CHANGE.

 

Inclusive Sustainability

 

The Institute wants to champion inclusivity and diversity, recognising that all people matter. This theme is about developing understandings of people’s needs and how they can be met through the design of the built environment, infrastructure, institutions and economy – all with the concept of working with a human scale. The theme is cross cutting with implications for all the institute’s activities and represents an important ethical position.

 

Living Futures

 

This theme is about making change happen towards sustainable and resilient futures, including the idea of convergence, i.e. living equitably within planetary limits. The Institute applies systems ideas to identify opportunities for change and its work on new economics, valuing living processes, earth system governance, convergence and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) sits within this theme.

 

Prepare for Change

 

This theme is about identifying and preparing for future threats and opportunities and involves horizon scanning – the collection of opinions, assessments, forecasts and predictions about the challenges ahead. The Institute runs foresight workshops to think through the systemic consequences and responses to major change. It is about resilience, ways of coping, adapting or transforming in response to major stresses and shocks.

 

 

The Schumacher Institute: Ten years

 

Ian Roderick began his ten year overview of the Institute with E.F. Schumacher (1911–1977), who proposed a form of economics as if nature and people mattered, along with human-scale, decentralised and appropriate technologies.

 

He said that Schumacher was a critic of: Economic growth as a measure of progress; conventional aid for development as disempowering; chemical-driven green revolution; nuclear energy; and scientific reductionism, and that it was his seminal book Small is Beautiful (1973) that made his ideas popular worldwide.

 

He also stated that during the four decades since Schumacher’s death, the Institute has gradually built on and expanded his vision, observing that Schumacher himself would have changed his position by now on certain matters.

 

Finally he presented a root definition for the Institute: A system owned by the ‘public’ where fellows and others change the perceptions, decisions and actions of people towards greater social and environmental justice because the world is facing multiple crises but there is great resistance to altering ‘business as usual.’

 

Launch of SYSTEM CHANGE journal and its magazine

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The conference saw the launch of the Institute’s online open access journal SYSTEM CHANGE (https://systemchange.online/):

 

Also launched was the accompanying research magazine, Café SYSTEM CHANGE, which parallels the journal articles in simple and engaging language, aiming to attract more readers to the journal.

 

Café SYSTEM CHANGE (Issue No 1 for Journal Issue No 1): http://www.schumacherinstitute.org.uk/download/pubs/cafe/CafeSCmag-01-180522-NEW.pdf

 

The Schumacher Institute

 

The Schumacher Institute, a Bristol-based independent think tank for environmental, social and economic issues, studies the sustainability of complex systems – in the long term and in harmony with natural processes. It invites policymakers, practitioners and communities to join its endeavour of working towards a world of reducing inequality that provides for everyone within the limits of the planet.

 

The Institute builds on the ideas of E. F. Schumacher, particularly appropriate technology at the right scale, local actions, peace and non-violent approaches, simplicity and the sense that all people matter.

 

E.F. Schumacher

 

An internationally influential thinker with a systems perspective of the world, E.F Schumacher developed a series of connected ideas in energy, work, technology, development, organisation and ownership, education, traditional wisdom and spirituality. His seminal book, Small is Beautiful, was published in 1973.

 

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Engineering Civilisation towards UN SDGs | London to host ICE/WFEO-led Global Engineering Congress 2018

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London will host in October 2018 the first Global Engineering Congress, an ambitious effort to agree a global response to deliver the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

 

This five-day congress will take place at the headquarters of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) in Westminster, London, from 22 to 26 October 2018.

 

This global gathering, led by the ICE and World Federation of Engineering Organizations (WFEO) in association with the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the Commonwealth Engineers Council (CEC), the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE) and the European Council of Civil Engineers (ECCE), falls within the ICE’s and WFEO’s 200th and 50th anniversary years, respectively, as well as Government’s Year of Engineering.

 

A number of high profile speakers will feature in the five days and among them will be:

  • Professor Lord Robert Mair (President, Institution of Civil Engineers ICE)
  • Valerie Agberagba (Vice-President, World Federation of Engineering Organisations WFEO)
  • Saniye Gulser Corat (Head of Gender Section, UNESCO)
  • Christoph Frei (Secretary General and CEO, World Energy Council)
  • Danielle Gaillard Picher (Director of Policy and Programmes, World Water Council)
  • Hartwig Schaefer (Vice President Global Themes, World Bank)
  • Michael Auer (President, International Federation of Engineering Education Societies IFEES)
  • Dame Ann Dowling (President, Royal Academy of Engineering)
  • Robin Kemper (President, American Society of Civil Engineers ASCE)
  • Susan Tighe (President, Canadian Society of Civil Engineers CSCE)
  • Alain Bentejac (President, Federation of Global Consulting Engineers FIDIC)
  • Susan Freeman-Greene (CEO, Engineering New Zealand)

 

The congress will cover five themes in the five days:

Day 1 | Role of Engineering in progressing the UN SDGs

Day 2 | Financing and Collaboration

Day 3 | Resilience and Environmental Impact

Day 4 | Infrastructure and Digitisation

Day 5 | Innovation and Technology

 

Day 1 | Role of Engineering in progressing the UN SDGs

 

Day One will begin with welcome remarks and official opening of the congress, delivered by Nick Baveystock, Director General Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE).

 

The first day’s proceedings will include two keynote addresses:

  • UNESCO brings creative responses to the challenges of the times
  • WFEO leading the engineering leadership for sustainable development

 

Among the other sessions will be:

  • Two sessions of Roundtables and Case Studies (each with five streams)
  • Panel Discussion | Governance for implementing the SDGs
  • A session on Governance and ethical engineering for sustainable Development

 

Day 2 | Financing and Collaboration

 

Day Two will feature three keynote addresses:

  • Industrial Digitalisation is crucial to economic success
  • Digital Monitoring and inspection for ageing infrastructure
  • International co-operation

 

The programme will also include:

  • A session of Roundtables and case studies (with six streams)
  • A session of Workshops and hackathons (with six streams)
  • A session on Intelligent City and Smart Life
  • A session on Diversity, Leadership and Innovation
  • Panel discussion | Collaboration as a driver for sustainability
  • Release of Statement – WFEO leading engineering for SDGs

 

Day 3 | Resilience and Environmental Impact

 

Day Three will offer four keynote addresses:

  • Striving to reduce the environmental impact of cities
  • Integrating climate resilience into infrastructure decisions
  • Building institutional capacity to address climate change
  • The role of international trade in sustainable infrastructure

 

Among the other sessions of this day will be:

  • Two public engagement lectures
  • A session of Roundtables and case studies (with six streams)
  • A session of Workshops and hackathons (with six streams)
  • Panel discussion | Creating liveable and inclusive cities
  • Panel discussion | Building climate-smart and resilient economies

 

Day 4 | Infrastructure and Digitisation

 

Day Four will feature three keynote addresses:

  • ASCE’s journey to the creation of the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI)
  • Providing leadership to embed sustainable engineering practice
  • Deepen our awareness of cross-boundary interactions to achieve enhanced resilience

 

The day will also offer:

  • Two public engagement lectures
  • A session of Roundtables and case studies (with six streams)
  • A session of Workshops and hackathons (with six streams)
  • Panel discussion | Sustainability is: Interconnectivity
  • Panel discussion | Applying sustainability solutions in an interconnected world?

 

Day 5 | Innovation and Technology

 

The final day will offer two keynote addresses:

  • Financing sustainable infrastructure
  • Developing reliable, sustainable, and resilient infrastructure

 

The day will also feature:

  • Two public engagement lectures
  • A session of Roundtables and case studies (with six streams)
  • A session of Workshops and hackathons
  • Panel discussion | Making sustainability an investor’s business

 

After the congress concludes, a high-level Panel discussion will take place on changing industry’s approach by suggesting key steps to make sustainability a reality.

 

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From Systemic Collapse to Civilizational Transformation | Schumacher Institute’s 10th Anniversary Conference

 

NOTE: Text, photograph and graphic by Asitha Jayawardena (http://uk.linkedin.com/in/asithaj) as part of his Sustainable University One-stop Shop Experiment (http://www.sustainableuni.kk5.org/).  Logo of the Schumacher Institute is from its website.

 

The Schumacher Institute for Sustainable Systems will hold its tenth anniversary celebratory conference in Bristol (Watershed 3, 1 Canon’s Road, BS1 5TX) on Thursday 24 May 2018 (10am – 4:30pm).

 

Titled ‘From Systemic Collapse to Civilizational Transformation’, this conference comprises a keynote and other talks, an overview of the Institute’s work and achievements in the past decade and where it originated from (i.e. E.F. Schumacher’s Small is Beautiful in 1972), and thoughts for the future. It will also see the launch of the Institute’s System Change Journal.

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Sessions

 

Keynote: Systemic Collapse?

Dr Nafeez Ahmed will deliver the keynote address, which will be an analysis based on his 2017 book, Failing States, Collapsing Systems – Bio-Physical Triggers of Political Violence. This award-winning investigative journalist, bestselling author, transdisciplinary academic, documentary film-maker, science fiction novelist and musician is also the author of A User’s Guide to the Crisis of Civilisation – And How to Save It (2010).

 

Three sessions will comprise four speakers:

 

The Human System: coping and flourishing in challenging times

  • Mike Parker: Liminal reflection
  • Lucy Ford: Perspectives from Eco-psychology

 

The Technological System

Hilary Sutcliffe: Can technology work better for people and planet?

 

The Socio-ecological System

Susan Canney: How can humans and nature live together?

 

Workshops: The next 10 years? Plans and Priorities

 

Eight facilitated workshops, under four themes, will give the participants an opportunity to debate the issues.

 

Living Futures how do we create and build the living future?

1 | Living Systems

2 | Food, Well-being and Health

 

Prepare for Change can systems approaches assist different sectors?

3 | Changing Technology Economy

4 | Infrastructure and Resilience

 

Inclusive Sustainability equality and inclusion across societies

5 | Infrastructure and Inclusion

6 | Resilient Individuals and Communities

 

Making Sense systems learning, development and communications

7 | Learning and Systems

8 | Media and Communications

 

Plenary

 

Plenary will comprise workshop reports and Closing remarks from speakers and the floor.

 

 

The Schumacher Institute

 

The Schumacher Institute, a Bristol-based independent think tank for environmental, social and economic issues, studies the sustainability of complex systems – in the long term and in harmony with natural processes. It invites policymakers, practitioners and communities to join its endeavour of working towards a world of reducing inequality that provides for everyone within the limits of the planet.

 

The Institute builds on the ideas of E. F. Schumacher, particularly appropriate technology at the right scale, local actions, peace and non-violent approaches, simplicity and the sense that all people matter.

 

E.F Schumacher

 

An internationally influential thinker with a systems perspective of the world, E.F Schumacher developed a series of connected ideas in energy, work, technology, development, organisation and ownership, education, traditional wisdom and spirituality. His seminal book, Small is Beautiful, was published in 1973.

 

More…

 

Conference page http://www.schumacherinstitute.org.uk/may-24th-our-10th-anniversary-conference/

 

Conference registration https://helmtickets.com/events/1161/from-systemic-failure-to-a-transition-of-civilisation

 

Conference flier http://www.schumacherinstitute.org.uk/download/docs/flyer/May-24-2018-conference-flyer.pdf

 

The Schumacher Institute http://www.schumacherinstitute.org.uk/

 

Systems Learning | Systems thinking for a sustainable future http://www.systemslearning.org

 

F. Schumacher on Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E._F._Schumacher

 

What is a system? From flu via oil to recession… https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/what-system-from-flu-via-oil-recession-asitha-jayawardena

 

STORY | The talking elephant and the SYSTEMS light | A modern folk tale (with two morals) https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/talking-elephant-systems-light-modern-folk-tale-two-jayawardena

 

POETRY | Destroy parent system? Growth for the Dead! https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/destroy-parent-system-growth-dead-asitha-jayawardena

 

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

 

Wave Hypothesis for Sustainability ENGAGEMENT | In action

One event, 10 opportunities for SUSTAINABILITY ENGAGEMENT | Ashden Awards ride the WAVE Hypothesis https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/one-event-10-opportunities-sustainability-engagement-ride-asitha

 

INTERDISCIPLINARITY facilitation for Sustainability Education and Research | #IDLS

Interdisciplinary Library for Sustainability

https://idls.wordpress.com/

 

Knowledge JOURNALISM for Sustainability | #KnowledgeJOURNALISM

 

Taking sustainability RESEARCH to the public | Knowledge JOURNALISM press articles and news/ feature blogs https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/taking-sustainability-research-public-knowledge-press-jayawardena

 

Sustainability STORYTELLING | #SustySTORY

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

 

From The Sustainable University News website

 

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/

 

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/

 

Education for Sustainability (EfS) | Pioneering LSBU course celebrates 21st anniversary https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2017/02/09/education-for-sustainability-efs-pioneering-lsbu-course-celebrates-21st-anniversary/

 

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

 

EXPOSED! How UK football shaped UN Global Goals (or Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs) | Five facts https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/exposed-how-uk-football-shaped-un-global-goals-sdgs-five-jayawardena

 

NUMBERisation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) | from 7,580,010,157 to 0 https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/numberisation-un-sustainable-development-goals-sdgs-from-jayawardena

 

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

 

STORY | 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

 

Al Gore’s keynote at Ashden Awards 2017 in London | 10 points to take home https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/al-gores-keynote-ashden-awards-2017-london-10-points-take-asitha

 

SUSTAINABILITY | Is there a definition? If not, can we make one? https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/sustainability-definition-can-we-make-one-asitha-jayawardena

 

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SDGs & post-16 Education | EAUC launches SDG Accord at the World Congress on Environmental Education

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By Asitha Jayawardena (https://www.linkedin.com/today/author/asithaj) as part of his Sustainable University One-stop Shop Experiment (http://www.sustainableuni.kk5.org/).

 

The SDG Accord, a pioneering global initiative to embed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) across post-16 education, was launched on 9 September 2017 at the 9th World Congress on Environmental Education (WEEC) in Vancouver, Canada.

 

Facilitated by the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC), the SDG Accord is the collective response of the higher and further education sectors’ collective response to the SDGs, reflecting education key role in moulding a new generation that can and will strike a balance between people, planet and prosperity.

 

The Accord aims to inspire, celebrate and advance the embedding of the SD goals in post-16 institutions through education, research, leadership, operations, administration and engagement activities.

 

It will also commit institutions to share the learning they accrue on the topic with one other nationally and internationally and to annually report on their progress. A sector overview of progress will then be presented annually at UN High Level Political Forum’s global progress review.

 

“The premise of the Goals is simple: there must be economic, social and environmental balance. Delivery has never been straightforward – but this SDG Accord will now help pave the way for holistic change,” says Iain Patton, Chief Executive of the EAUC. “Institutions that sign up to the accord will embed the goals in every department and collaborate across cities, regions, countries and continents. This is the beginning of a total global transformation.”

 

“The Sustainable Development Goals offer a clear and common agenda for humanity and places the onus on higher- and further education ecosystems to respond with urgency and action to meet and exceed the goals,” says John North, Managing Director at Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative. “The SDG Accord is an important awareness raising and activation platform for catalysing global responsibility in living, learning and leading.”

 

The SDG Accord has already been endorsed by 30 supporting organisations from around the world, including:

  • World Environmental Education Congress (WEEC) Network
  • Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative
  • Society for the Environment, UK
  • Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), US
  • Campus Responsables, France
  • Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability, Australia
  • China Green University Network, China
  • Copernicus Alliance
  • GIESD (Global Internode for Education and Sustainable Development), Morocco
  • Sustainability Education Research Institute, Canada
  • Institution of Environmental Sciences, UK
  • National Union of Students (NUS), UK
  • Disciplinary Associations Network for Sustainability, US
  • International Sustainable Campus Network
  • International Association of Universities (IAU)

 

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The SDG Accord http://www.sdgaccord.org/

 

The Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC) http://www.eauc.org.uk/

 

9th World Congress on Environmental Education (WEEC) http://weec2017.eco-learning.org/

 

Al Gore’s keynote at Ashden Awards 2017 in London | 10 points to take home https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/al-gores-keynote-ashden-awards-2017-london-10-points-take-asitha

 

POETRY | Climate Change: Will we change? Yes, we will, says Al Gore https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/climate-change-we-yes-says-al-gore-asitha-jayawardena

 

STORY | 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

 

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/

 

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/

 

Wave Hypothesis for Sustainability Engagement

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Wave Hypothesis for SUSTAINABILITY Engagement across boundaries – illustrated with examples https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/wave-hypothesis-sustainability-engagement-across-asitha-jayawardena

 

New websites of the Sustainable University Experiment

 

Facilitation of Interdisciplinarity for Sustainability Education and Research

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Interdisciplinary Library for Sustainability https://idls.wordpress.com/about/ (under construction)

 

Sustainability Education and Engagement through STORYTELLING

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

 

Sustainability through Science & Research COMMUNICATION (Knowledge journalism)

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

 

PRESS ARTICLES based on:

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Asitha’s Poetry

Part of #SUpoetry | https://supoetry.wordpress.com/

 

Destroy parent system? Growth for the Dead! https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/destroy-parent-system-growth-dead-asitha-jayawardena

 

Humans, save yourselves from climate change ~ Mother Nature https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/humans-save-yourselves-from-climate-change-mother-asitha-jayawardena

 

So growth isn’t supreme if it’s not green? https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/so-growth-isnt-supreme-asitha-jayawardena

 

Let’s leave foolish humanity alone ~ Aliens https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/lets-leave-foolish-humanity-alone-aliens-asitha-jayawardena

 

From The Sustainable University News website

 

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/

 

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/

 

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/

 

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/

 

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/

 

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

 

Ashden Awards 2017 | A visual celebration of CLEAN ENERGY innovation, keynoted by Al Gore https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/ashden-awards-2017-visual-celebration-clean-energy-al-jayawardena

 

STORY | The talking elephant and the SYSTEMS light | A modern folk tale (with two morals) https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/talking-elephant-systems-light-modern-folk-tale-two-jayawardena

 

Ashden Conference 2017 | International Winners showcase work on Scaling Clean Energy innovation https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2017/06/14/ashden-conference-2017-international-winners-showcase-work-on-scaling-clean-energy-innovation/

 

What is a system? From flu via oil to recession… https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/what-system-from-flu-via-oil-recession-asitha-jayawardena

 

Civil and Structural Engineering | PRESS ARTICLES (including sustainability-related) with experts as resource persons https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/civil-structural-engineering-press-articles-including-jayawardena

 

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

 

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

 

Newcastle Science Central | University-City Council partnership bringing together science, business and sustainable living http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140909120325-101066234-newcastle-science-central-university-city-council-partnership-bringing-together-science-business-and-sustainable-living

 

Making sense of sustainability (or sustainable development) | A look at seven definitions http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140414095133-101066234-making-sense-of-sustainability-or-sustainable-development-a-look-at-seven-definitions

 

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

 

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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

 

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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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