Limits to growth, audacity of hope and moral imagination reign at CUSP Reinventing Prosperity event in London

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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).

 

A commitment to moral imagination is vital for sustainable prosperity, said Baron Rowan Williams (former Archbishop of Canterbury) at an event titled Reinventing Prosperity held at Church House, Westminster on 28 November 2016.

 

This event is the second of the series of dialogues on the Nature of Prosperity, which is organised by the Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP), a project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

 

In his keynote on The Audacity of Hope, Baron Williams (chair of the CUSP dialogues) set out his own vision for a lasting and inclusive prosperity, particularly reflecting on the role of hope in a changing and uncertain world.

 

Co-delivering the second keynote titled ‘Reinventing Prosperity,’ Dr Graeme Maxton (Secretary General of the Club of Rome) emphasised that the free market system driven by growth was part of the problem and not the solution. The other keynote speaker Professor Jørgen Randers (co-author of the 1972 Limits to Growth study) presented the book’s 13 proposals to manage economic growth in order to reduce unemployment, inequality and climate change, and to enhance wellbeing in the long run.

 

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) facilitated the discussion sessions that followed the keynotes.

 

In his welcome and introduction Professor Tim Jackson (CUSP Director and Professor of Sustainable Development, University of Surrey) said that there was no better time than now for engaging in the task of exploring the nature of prosperity.

 

Keynote 1 | The Audacity of Hope

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Baron Rowan Williams (former Archbishop of Canterbury and chair of the CUSP dialogues) delivered the first keynote, The Audacity of Hope.

 

Hope and optimism are different. Optimism tells us to ignore world’s problems. Hope gives us strength to face today’s problems and encourages us to look through and beyond them. Hope refuses to ignore what the world is but insists on prosperous alternatives.

 

What is prosperity? Prosperity is not just feeling comfortable but a sense of tomorrow that is neither empty nor threatening.

 

We don’t know the future, but we can know the possibilities that future might bring. Instead of optimism, what we need is the audacity of hope in order to see simultaneously the possibility of the worst and the possibility of prosperous alternatives. So hope is central to prosperity.

 

We need to learn to inhabit our world with boundless curiosity and fearless honesty. Inhabiting the world with a clear sense of what we are up against is where we have the audacity of hope.

 

Imagination has a key role in prosperity. If we close down our imagination in the times of crisis, we cannot expect to be well or prosperous. We should imagine a future of adaptable, just and eco-environment, which is limited but life-giving.

 

Mere imagination is not enough. What we need is moral imagination – imagining the future of others, not just our own future. We need to cultivate the habit of thinking about others’ future as part of our own wellbeing.

 

Here, we need to turn to the institutions of imagination in society. We need these social and cultural institutions of imagination – particularly education. However, ethical imagination (‘what is like for others?’) is sadly lost from current education at some point after primary. For instance, the popular MCQ (multiple choice questions) approach to testing restrains our imaginative response.

 

Sustainable prosperity depends on a commitment to moral imagination. So, for sustainable prosperity, we need a model that accommodates the thinking of the others’ future as well as our own. We also need to engage with institutions of imagination in order to learn how to embrace and inhabit our limited and life-giving world. What we need is not world governance but habits of cooperation.

 

Sustainable Prosperity is therefore a large cultural question, which is not reducible to conventional academic disciplines. Sustainable Prosperity requires a reworking of our culture – through systemic change, not by tinkering.

 

Exhibition | A dream of a low carbon future

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An exhibition titled ‘A dream of a low carbon future’ took place during the refreshments. It was based on an inspiring graphic novel by James McKay and Benjamin Dickson.

 

Keynote 2 | Reinventing Prosperity

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Dr Graeme Maxton (Secretary General of the Club of Rome) and Professor Jørgen Randers (co-author of the 1972 Limits to Growth study), co-authors of the book Reinventing Prosperity, delivered the second keynote.

 

Dr Graeme Maxton:

 

There are limits to growth and excessive growth brings about environmental and social consequences. Environmental consequences include climate change; species loss; pollution of air, waterways, soils and oceans; and anthropogenic destruction. Among social consequences are: greater conflict due to inequality, drought, resources and climate change; widening gap between the rich and the poor everywhere; and high unemployment in much of the world.

 

When it comes to growth, we harbour wrong beliefs:

  • We believe that growth brings jobs but despite growth in the developed world, unemployment has risen.
  • We believe that growth reduces inequality but despite growth inequality has risen within countries and particularly between countries over the period 1820-2000.
  • We believe that growth reduces poverty but with accounting for inflation, the percentage of the global population living on $2.65 a day was 53% in 2010.

 

Despite all these, we don’t take action because of a variety of reasons, such as politics, vested interests, short termism and natural inertia, timing and cost.

 

We do not need new technology or innovation; we already have enough of them. The free market cannot solve the problem; rather is the cause of the problems. Scaling up grassroots initiatives is not enough. And we do not need instant answers, which are non-existent anyway.

 

What we need is implementation of change over a period of 20 years or more, particularly moving 1% of GDP every year from dirty to clean energy production. We need a TRANSITION like that.

 

Professor Jørgen Randers:

 

Professor Jørgen Randers focused on their book’s 13 proposals to manage economic growth in order to reduce unemployment, inequality and climate change, and to enhance wellbeing in the long run.

 

How to reduce unemployment:

  • Implement green stimulus packages financed with freshly printed money
  • Pay workers while they are moving from dirty jobs to clean ones
  • Pay people who take care of others at home
  • Restrict trade when needed, to protect jobs

 

How to reduce inequality:

  • Tax coal, oil and gas at source and redistribute the tax money in equal amounts among all citizens
  • Increase the taxation of corporations and the rich
  • Increase the inheritance tax
  • Increase the pension age
  • Encourage unionisation

 

How to reduce climate gas emissions:

  • Implement green stimulus packages financed with freshly printed money
  • Pay workers while they are moving from dirty jobs to clean ones
  • Tax coal, oil and gas at source and redistribute the tax money in equal amounts among all citizens
  • Shift taxes from income to resource use

 

How to increase wellbeing in the long term:

  • Legislate more compulsory vacation
  • Introduce a guaranteed livable income for everyone who needs it (i.e. anyone who falls below a minimum income level due to unemployment, sickness or age)
  • Pay families to have one child or none

 

These measures will reduce the population size, number of hours worked a year and insecurity, contributing to sustainable wellbeing.

 

Closing remarks

 

After a successful full-house proceedings, Professor Tim Jackson delivered the closing remarks with a poetic touch, citing Leonard Cohen:

 

Ring the bells that still can ring

Forget your perfect offering

There is a crack, a crack in everything

That’s how the light gets in

 

The Nature of Prosperity series of public dialogues

 

The Nature of Prosperity series of public dialogues, 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 in London on 23 May 2016. It featured Baron Rowan Williams, long-time peace and environmental activist Satish Kumar, Professor Jane Elliott (Chief Executive of the ESRC), Karen Hamilton (Global Vice President Sustainable Business, Unilever), Professor Tim Jackson (Director of CUSP) and Caroline Lucas (MP and Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Limits to Growth).

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Note: This news post is based on my notes at the event, some slides of the keynote speakers and some tweets with the hashtag #ReinventingProsperity.

 

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Event page (for photographs and video and audio recordings of the event) http://www.cusp.ac.uk/event/nop02/

 

A dream of a low carbon future | Inspiring graphic novel by James McKay & Benjamin Dickson https://cdt.engineering.leeds.ac.uk/dtc-low-carbon-technologies/research/DreamsofaLowCarbonFuture.shtml

 

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

 

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/

 

All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Limits to Growth http://limits2growth.org.uk

 

 

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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

 

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/

 

 

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Plymouth to host Sustainable Earth Forum 2016 on 23-24 June

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Sustainable Earth 2016 Forum (#EarthForum16) will take place at Plymouth University on 23 and 24 June 2016.

 

Organised by the university’s Sustainable Earth Institute (formerly Institute for Sustainability Solutions Research ISSR), this global forum for connecting research with action will bring together researchers, businesses, community groups and individuals with the aim of sparking and encouraging collaborations for a sustainable Earth.

 

This forum will begin with a welcome by Professor Judith Petts (Vice-Chancellor, Plymouth University) and then an introduction by Chair Professor Iain Stewart (Director of the Sustainable Earth Institute, Plymouth University). Keynote speakers include:

  • Sir Mark Walport (Government Chief Scientific Adviser in the UK)
  • Wendy Darke (Founder of True to Nature Limited and former Head of the BBC Natural History Unit)
  • Craig Bennett (CEO, Friends of the Earth)
  • Anthony Hobley (CEO, Carbon Tracker)

 

The programme is structured around three sessions – each exploring three themes:

  • Session 1: Health and Wellbeing, Biodiversity and Conservation, and Cities and Communities
  • Session 2: Water, Energy, and Responsible Consumption and Production
  • Session 3: Climate Change, Resources and Education

 

The theme ‘Education’ under Session 3 will feature Professor Stephen Sterling (Professor of Sustainability Education, Plymouth University).

 

At this forum, delegates will enjoy the opportunity of taking part in a variety of reflective activities ranging from a visit to a solar farm to a tour through the universe. They will also hear from leading organisations including Salvation Army, Environment Agency, Plymouth Energy Community, Westcountry Rivers Trust, Langage Farm, University of Iceland and Plymouth University.

 

The first day’s conference dinner will be followed by a talk by poet Matt Harvey on ‘The power of poetry for provoking participation in Sustainability’ and then evening musical delights by The Q-dettes.

 

Sustainable Earth 2016 Forum builds on five years of previous sustainability events held at Plymouth University.

 

Notes:

The colourful world map graphic is from The Sustainable Earth Institute.

 

More….

 

Sustainable Earth 2016 webpage | #EarthForum16 https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/research/institutes/sustainable-earth/sustainable-earth-2016

 

Plymouth University | The Sustainable Earth Institute https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/research/institutes/sustainable-earth

 

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

 

Plymouth University | Pedagogic Research Institute and Observatory (PedRIO) https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/research/institutes/pedagogic

 

Professor Iain Stewart (Director of the Sustainable Earth Institute, Plymouth University) https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/staff/iain-stewart

 

Professor Sir Mark Walport (Government Chief Scientific Adviser in the UK) https://www.gov.uk/government/people/mark-walport

 

Craig Bennett (CEO, Friends of the Earth) https://www.foe.co.uk/page/our-ceo-craig-bennett

 

Anthony Hobley (CEO, Carbon Tracker) http://www.carbontracker.org/staff/anthony-hobley/

 

Professor Stephen Sterling (Professor of Sustainability Education, Plymouth University) https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/staff/stephen-sterling

 

 

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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 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/

 

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

 

The Sustainable University: Progress and prospects | Handbook to ‘the University of the Future’ https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/02/24/the-sustainable-university-progress-and-prospects-handbook-to-the-university-of-the-future/

 

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

BIG-NatureOfProsperity-NEW-with-KH-23MayEvent

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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Nexuses of the Urban workshop | Interactions between Water, Energy and Food Provision for Sustainable Cities

BIG-NexusUrbanWorkshop

A Nexus workshop, titled ‘Nexuses of the Urban: Interactions between Water, Energy and Food Provision for Sustainable Cities’, will take place at the University of Sussex from 12 to 13 May 2016.

 

Workshop participants will take stock of what kind of plural understandings of ‘urban nexuses’ are emerging, produced by (partnerships between) activists, communities, think tanks, corporations, and multilateral organizations, natural scientists, humanities scholars and social scientists.

 

The workshop will particularly reflect on the contribution that different social science perspectives might make in understanding urban nexuses, and how social scientists might effectively participate in inter- and trans-disciplinary initiatives. Another aspect that will be considered is what kind of policy mechanisms and events might support the pursuit of the partnerships for developing new understandings.

 

The programme will be structured around the following orienting questions

  • What divergent framings and understandings of ‘urban nexuses’ are emerging and why are they important, in what ways and to whom?
  • What are the implications of these understandings and their foci for governance of nexus interactions by public, private and hybrid arrangements?
  • What implications do these understandings hold for political-economic action by, and for alliances between, civil society organizations, businesses and social movements striving for sustainability and justice?
  • What kind of relations (inter- and trans-disciplinary alliances, engagements with the material world) underpin the making of the emerging understandings of ‘urban nexuses’?
  • What new inter- and trans-disciplinary approaches (and concepts) do we need to further understand interactions at ‘urban nexuses’, including the interdependent vulnerabilities associated with access to food, water and energy in cities?

 

Led by Dr Saurabh Arora from Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the University of Sussex, this event is supported by the core team of Nexus Network.

 

The Nexus Network

 

Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Nexus Network is a three-year initiative to foster debate, innovative research and practical collaborations across the linked ‘nexus’ domains of food, energy, water and the environment. It brings together researchers, policy makers, business leaders and civil society to develop collaborative projects and improve decision making in these areas.

 

The Network’s aims are to:

  • Encourage debate, fund innovative research and improve decision making across the linked ‘nexus challenges’.
  • Support interdisciplinary, cross-sector collaborations
  • Enable researchers and stakeholders to develop and share new methodologies, data, conceptual frameworks, skills and practices directed towards nexus challenges.

 

Its partner organisations are:

  • Faculty of Social Sciences | University of Sheffield
  • Science and Technology Policy Research Unit (SPRU) | University of Sussex
  • College of Social Sciences and International Studies | University of Exeter
  • Social, Technological and Environmental Pathways to Sustainability (STEPS) | University of Sussex
  • Centre for Social and Economic Research on the Global Environment (CSERGE) | University of Exeter and University of East Anglia (UEA)
  • Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership | University of Cambridge

 

Note: This post mainly consists of extracts from the conference page on the Nexus Network’s website. The logos in the graphic are from respective websites.

 

 

More…

 

Conference web page on the Nexus Network website http://www.thenexusnetwork.org/events/nexuses-of-the-urban-interactions-between-water-energy-and-food-provision-for-sustainable-cities/

 

The Nexus Network http://thenexusnetwork.org | @uk_nexus

 

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

 

Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Sheffield http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/faculty/social-sciences | @SheffSocScience

 

Science and Technology Policy Research (SPRU), University of Sussex http://www.sussex.ac.uk/spru/ | @SPRU

 

Social, Technological and Environmental Pathways to Sustainability (STEPS), University of Sussex http://steps-centre.org/ | @stepscentre

 

The Centre for Social and Economic Research on the Global Environment (CSERGE) http://www.cserge.ac.uk/

 

Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership http://www.cisl.cam.ac.uk/ | @cisl_cambridge

 

College of Social Sciences and International Studies, University of Exeter http://socialsciences.exeter.ac.uk/ | @UofESSIS

 

 

#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

 

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/

 

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/

 

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/

 

Newcastle professor says, MicroGrids can light the way for UK’s low carbon transition https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/03/24/newcastle-professor-says-microgrids-can-light-the-way-for-uks-low-carbon-transition/

 

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

 

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/

 

Exeter’s ESI | World-class answers to environmental questions https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/04/02/exeters-esi-world-class-answers-to-environmental-questions/

 

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

 

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Researching the way for a Sustainable Prosperity | Surrey-led CUSP Centre begins journey

BIG-CUSP-launch

January 2016 saw two great walks by three Tim’s. The first is the well-known space walk by two astronauts Tim Peake and Tim Kopra, which lasted for several hours. The second walk, more down-to-earth though not so well-known, was launched by a group led by Professor Tim Jackson and will last for a couple of years.

 

The Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP), a multi-disciplinary centre led by The University of Surrey and funded by The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), launched in January 2016 its journey of researching the way for a sustainable prosperity. Its overall aim is to explore the economic, ecological, social and governance dimensions of sustainable prosperity and to make concrete recommendations to government, business and civil society in pursuit of it.

 

Vision

 

CUSP’s 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. Its work will explore not just the economic aspects of this challenge, but also its social, political and philosophical dimensions, paying particular attention to the pragmatic steps that need to be taken by enterprise, government and civil society in order to achieve a sustainable prosperity.

 

Work programme

 

The CUSP work programme is organised around five core themes, MAPSS:

  • Meaning and moral framings of the good life;
  • the role of the Arts and culture in developing visions of prosperity;
  • Political and organisational dimensions of sustainable prosperity;
  • Social and psychological understandings of the good life;
  • Systems analysis to explore narratives of sustainable prosperity.

 

The MAPSS themes are drawn together through three cross-cutting projects:

  • A unique cross-theme case study to develop An Economy That Works.
  • A collaboration on sustainable finance with a coalition of thought leaders including the Aldersgate Group.
  • A new Sustainable Prosperity Dialogue: a public engagement process which reaches out to a wide, international participation from research, policy, business and civil society.

 

Partners and the team

 

The CUSP takes the form of a rich international network, drawing together expert partners from academic and non-academic institutions as co-producers of the work programme. Its research programme is coordinated from the University of Surrey under the direction of Professor Tim Jackson.

 

CUSP’s academic partners include: University of Surrey, Anglia Ruskin University, Keele University, Goldsmiths College London, University of Leeds, Middlesex University, York University (Canada), University of Canterbury (Christchurch, New Zealand). It has also established a vital link to industry and policy by including the Aldersgate Group and the World Future Council. The former is an alliance of leaders from business, politics and society that drives action for a sustainable economy; the latter is an NGO working closely with business leaders to envision An Economy That Works.

 

CUSP team comprises:

 

Director | Tim Jackson
Deputy Director | Fergus Lyon
Centre Manager | Julie-Anne Hogbin
Knowledge Exchange Coordinator | Ian Christie
Communications Manager | Linda Geßner
PA to Director | Gemma Birkett
Co-Investigators:

  • Marit Böker
  • Kate Burningham
  • Philip Catney
  • Will Davies
  • Brian Doherty
  • Angela Druckman
  • Birgitta Gatersleben
  • Bronwyn Hayward
  • Aled Jones
  • Nick Molho
  • Kate Oakley
  • Charles Seaford
  • Peter Victor

Research Fellows:

  • Victor Anderson
  • Daniel Hausknost
  • Simon Mair
  • Roberto Pasqualino
  • Susan Venn
  • Ian Vickers
  • Jonathan Ward

PhD candidate | Joanna Kitchen

 

CUSP’s partner institutions are:

 

The centre will widen this collaboration still further through an international network of CUSP Fellows hailing from a variety of academic and non-academic institutions.

 

Note: This post is based on the content of the CUSP website. Logos in the graphic are also from the CUSP website.

 

 

More…

 

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

 

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

 

 

#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 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/

 

 

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/

 

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/

 

 

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Complexity, Interdisciplinarity and Sustainable Prosperity shine at Food-Energy-Water-Environment Nexus Conference 2015

BIG-NexusCont-PostEvent-NEWThe Nexus Network’s second annual conference, titled ‘Scales, Levels and Spaces of the Nexus’, was held on 19 November 2015 in London.

The Nexus Network fosters debate, innovative research and practical collaborations across the linked ‘nexus’ domains of food, energy, water and the environment, bringing together researchers, policy makers, business leaders and civil society to develop collaborative projects and improve decision making in these areas. This network, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), is a collaboration between the University of Sussex, the University of East Anglia (UEA) and the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL).

The conference, framed around the themes of scales, levels and spaces, comprised:
• Plenary 1: Introduction (Chair Professor James Wilsdon)
• Keynote: Flourishing within Limits – towards a social science for sustainable prosperity (Professor Tim Jackson)
• Knowledge sessions (parallel sessions)
• Workshop sessions (parallel sessions)
• Plenary 2: Nexus2020 – selecting the most important questions for business (Dr Bhaskar Vira)
• Plenary 3. Keynote: Systems approaches to managing the nexus: can we really do it? (Professor Tim Benton)

 

Nexus research | Interdisciplinarity, innovation and politics

BIG-Plenary1In Plenary 1 on Introduction, Chair Professor James Wilsdon (Director, The Nexus Network/ University of Sussex) emphasised the need for cross cutting research that transcends traditional disciplinary research and also announced the Partnership Grants call worth £300,000 (deadline 31 January 2016).

His introduction was followed by brief talks by the four panel members, stimulating the participants into thinking about various aspects of the nexus.

Professor Alice Bows-Larkin (EPSRC-funded Stepping Up project/ University of Manchester) talked about her work on the Stepping Up project, which aims to understand what makes innovations have low-impact at the Water-Energy-Food nexus and then, based on this understanding, amplifying and multiplying good practice.

Andy Gibbs (Head of Economic Performance and Environment, ESRC) spoke about the development of the Nexus Network from a concept to a funded activity. He highlighted the importance of interdisciplinary research as the way forward for nexus research. He said that, in nexus research, one should be innovative and entrepreneurial and should look for opportunities not for disciplinary badges.

Professor Ian Bateman (Nexus Network Co-Investigator from the University of Exeter) highlighted that, because food, water and energy draw upon the natural capital base, trade-offs would be unavoidable. He observed that, today, big research contributions in response to global challenges cannot not discipline-bounded. He also talked about links between nexus researchers and policy makers.

Professor Lyla Mehta (Nexus Network Co-Investigator from the Institute of Development Studies) talked on the politics of working on the nexus at different scales, especially in the global South. She revealed that, although knowledge silos are prevalent at global, regional and national levels, at a village level, people have always known that food, water and energy are interconnected.

 

Sustainable prosperity as an art of living well within planetary limits | Can we live better with less stuff? – Prof Jackson

BIG-ProfTJ-FullProfessor Tim Jackson (Lead of the ESRC Centre for Understanding Sustainable Prosperity/ University of Surrey) delivered his keynote titled ‘Flourishing within Limits – towards a social science for sustainable prosperity’.

He asked a couple of thought-provoking questions: Are there any limits to growth? Does nature impose limits to growth? Or has human innovation got the capacity to overcome such limits?

He observed that, although modern society’s heroic vision proclaims that there are no limits to growth, the food-water-energy-environment nexus indicates some kind of limit to growth. There is a deficit in our understanding of the concept of limits, he said.

Can we do better, live better and have more fun with less stuff? he asked, highlighting that, although the basic need for subsistence is met through materials, prosperity transcends material concerns. He emphasised the need for redefining the direction of development and the essence of human prosperity and framed sustainable prosperity as an art of living well – within the limits of a finite planet. Slow living, he said, is a way forward for sustainable prosperity.

He also talked about the ESRC-funded Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP). 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 and its aim is to explore the dimensions of sustainable prosperity and to develop clear, pragmatic steps that could be taken in pursuit of it.

 

Nexus Network knowledge sessions

For knowledge sessions, the conference split into five parallel sessions, structured as interactive thematic discussions.

Nexus Interactions at the household level.
Matt Watson and Peter Jackson (University of Sheffield) and Alison Browne (University of Manchester) | Chair: Saurabh Arora
The session explored the interdependencies of the nexus at the household level. The speakers from the Domestic Nexus team emphasised the importance of understanding the dynamics of household practices and their relations to provision of water, energy and food to an holistic understanding of the nexus.

Nexus shocks: informing decision making in response to shocks.
Candice Howarth (Anglia Ruskin University) and Geoff Darch (Atkins) | Chair: Ian Bateman.
In this session the Nexus Shocks Network focused on Nexus Shocks – i.e. low probability, high impact events that span energy, water and food systems. They affect multiple stakeholders, scales and disciplines, making them complex to understand and uncertain to address. The session outlined findings from five workshops held earlier in 2015 to explore strategies for effective decision-making on Nexus Shocks.

Levels of decision-making and their mismatches.
David Demeritt (King’s College London) and Frieda Metternich (Green Alliance) | Chair: Ruth Welters.
This session explored the following question: How do policy decisions on nexus issues currently work, and how can the capacity for policy deliberation, at different levels, on complex environmental and social interdependencies of the nexus be improved?

International development, innovation and scale.
Euan Phimister (University of Aberdeen) and Peter Cruddas (Cranfield University) | Chair: Gemma Cranston.
The session asked what the synergies are between the Nexus agenda in developed and developing contexts and more broadly how developed and developing countries can work together through the nexus to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Nexus struggles: agricultural scales, policy spaces and nexus interactions.
Steffen Böhm and Zareen Bharucha (University of Essex), Tom Wakeford (Coventry University) and Antonio Ioris (University of Edinburgh) | Chair: Cian O’Donovan.
The speakers pointed to the limits, insufficiencies and shortcomings of the current dominant understanding of the nexus as a hegemonic concern for security, resources and technologies. Instead, they problematized the nexus as a historical struggle between corporate, state and social movement actors, illustrating this concept by engaging with the struggles in the global and UK food system.

 

Nexus Network workshop sessions

For the workshop sessions as well, the conference split into five parallel sessions, offering facilitated spaces to discuss current issues and opportunities.

Focal scales, knowing spaces and methods of the nexus.
Facilitator: Saurabh Arora.
This session explored how the choice of focal scale at which nexus interactions are examined affects choices of methodology and examined the implications of these choices. It continued discussions started at a previous Nexus workshop on transdisciplinary methods.

The funding landscape for nexus research.
Facilitators: Hannah Collins and James Wilsdon.
In this uncertain period for research funding, cross-disciplinary, challenge-focused research such as Nexus research is likely to increase in significance and emphasis. This session scanned the funding horizons and explored some shifts that might occur over the next five years.

Policy engagement on the nexus.
Facilitator: Anna Krzywoszynska
This session jointly examined the challenges to effective academia-policy engagement while extending the discussion beyond impact to knowledge exchange and knowledge co-creation. It asked if focussing on nexus areas could improve the responsibilities for attending to the long-term while remaining agile in responding to immediate events.

The politics of ‘scaling up’ (technologies, discourses, policies, etc).
Facilitator: Lyla Mehta
Among the issues this session addressed is that a global focus on nexus security risk obscures local political inequalities or complexities. The session also explored the politics of considering nexus questions at different scales. This session will contribute to the agenda of the forthcoming Nexus workshop on resource conflicts.

Building a research career in interdisciplinarity.
Facilitator: Cian O’Donovan
This session explored the challenges of inter- and transdisciplinary work faced by early career researchers and policy experts working specifically on nexus-related areas. It discussed how these might be overcome through training, support and other mechanisms.

 

Dr Vira on Nexus2020 | What are the key questions for research to improve business management of the nexus?

BIG-DrV-Prestn-FullIn Plenary 2 Dr Bhaskar Vira (CISL/ Cambridge University) introduced the results of the Nexus2020 project. Focusing on the idea that businesses should prepare to address nexus issues without undermining other users and corporate goals, this projects asks the question: Can this be better achieved by bringing in the research community?

Framing Nexus2020 as a two-way dialogue between research and business, he stated that the aim of this project is to determine the top questions for business around the food-energy-water-environment nexus with a view of making business practice more sustainable.

He outlined the work so far to find these top questions that research should answer in order to improve business management of the nexus. In response to an open call for questions from March to July 2015, over 230 participants from business, policy, academia and civil society submitted in excess of 700 questions. Then, at a two-day workshop at Cambridge University, a select group of senior business practitioners and researchers identified the top 40 questions, which are to be revealed in a forthcoming journal article.

He hoped that, in the future, multi-disciplinary panels of researchers and business practitioners will devise projects to deliver the solutions to these pressing nexus issues.

 

Food for thought from Prof Tim Benton | Embrace complexity, adopt systems thinking and work together

BIG-ProfB-Prestn-FullIn Plenary 3, Professor Tim Benton (UK Champion for Global Food Security/ University of Leeds) delivered his keynote titled ‘Systems approaches to managing the nexus: can we really do it?’

He described how nexus issues are not just an abstract academic concept, but are at the heart of the current conflicts across the world.

Observing that thinking about food itself is a nexus problem, he outlined the huge impact of the agri-food sector on climate change. Food is crucial in confronting global challenges, he said, emphasising that changing diet is more important than changing car use when it comes to climate change mitigation. He also reminded that, when we import food, we are importing embedded water and energy as well.

He proposed that, when it comes to food, instead of always focusing on increasing the supply, we should also focus on addressing the demand issues in order to ensure a sustainable supply as well as health and wellbeing. Intervention in demand side will be difficult but not impossible, he said.

He also emphasised the need for systems thinking and continued collaboration between initiatives.

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The event came to a close with closing remarks by Professor Wilsdon. An informal networking session driven by a drinks reception followed.

Note: Photographs by Asitha Jayawardena; logos in the graphics are from respective websites; other graphics are from the title pages of the keynote speakers’ presentations and the Nexus2020 brochure.

 

More….

The Nexus Conference 2015 | Scales, Levels & Spaces of the Nexus of Food, Energy, Water & the Environment https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2015/11/05/the-nexus-conference-2015-scales-levels-spaces-of-the-nexus-of-food-energy-water-the-environment/

Scales, levels and spaces of the nexus. Conference 19 Nov 2015 in London http://www.thenexusnetwork.org/events/scales-levels-and-spaces-of-the-nexus-conference-19-nov-2015-in-london/

Nexus Network partnership grants – £300,000 available http://www.thenexusnetwork.org/nexus-network-partnership-grants-300000-available/

PDFs of Keynotes:
• Professor Tim Jackson | Flourishing within Limits: towards a social science for sustainable prosperity http://www.thenexusnetwork.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/CUSP-Nexus-conference-Nov-2015_TimJackson.pdf
• Professor Tim Benton | Systems approaches towards managing the nexus: can we really do it? http://www.thenexusnetwork.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Nexus_London_Nov_2015_TimBenton.pdf

The Nexus Network http://thenexusnetwork.org | @uk_nexus

Nexus2020:
• Nexus Network website http://www.thenexusnetwork.org/projects/nexus2020-the-most-important-questions-for-business/
• CISL website http://www.cisl.cam.ac.uk/business-action/natural-resource-security/natural-capital-leaders-platform/projects/nexus-network/nexus2020

Forthcoming Nexus events:
• The nexus, resource conflicts and social justice workshop | 29 February 2016 http://www.thenexusnetwork.org/events/the-nexus-resource-conflicts-and-social-justice-workshop/
• Nexuses of the urban: interactions between water, energy and food provision for sustainable cities | 12–13 May 2016 http://www.thenexusnetwork.org/events/nexuses-of-the-urban-interactions-between-water-energy-and-food-provision-for-sustainable-cities/

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

Science and Technology Policy Research (SPRU), University of Sussex http://www.sussex.ac.uk/spru/ | @SPRU

Social, Technological and Environmental Pathways to Sustainability (STEPS), University of Sussex http://steps-centre.org/ | @stepscentre

The Centre for Social and Economic Research on the Global Environment (CSERGE) http://www.cserge.ac.uk/

Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership http://www.cisl.cam.ac.uk/ | @cisl_cambridge

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

Global Food Security programme http://www.foodsecurity.ac.uk/ | @FoodSecurityUK

 

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