Ideas for Sustainability - A blog by Joern Fischer
A blog by Joern Fischer and his collaborators on sustainability and landscape ecology: engaging your head and your heart. Ideas for sustainability is a forum to discuss exciting ideas that might help us reach a sustainable future.
Originally posted on Leverage Points for Sustainability Transformation: By Ioan Fazey. Is there anything more important than trying to figure out how we should act, work and play in a world that is rapidly changing, and where contemporary challenges require much more than simply throwing the same kinds of thinking at them that created many…
Originally posted on Leverage Points for Sustainability Transformation: By David Abson The international conference “Leverage Points 2019” will be hosted by Leuphana University in the historic Hansestadt Lüneburg from 6-8 February 2019. While the conference has a number of core themes related to sustainability research and transformations, it was in no small part inspired by…
Originally posted on Thinking like a human: Emery Roe, an American policy scholar, first developed the idea that ‘narratives’ – stories about the world and how it works – are used in policy making processes to cut through complexity and justify a particular course of action. We are a storytelling species, and people find it…
By Annika Kettenburg How come scientists disagree quite fundamentally at times? In our new paper, we investigated the academic controversy over transgenic Golden Rice. Itself a microcosm of the broader debate surrounding genetically modified crops, it shows some unique particularities: Here, rice plants were modified to synthesize beta-carotene and thus act as an edible cure …
Originally posted on Leverage Points for Sustainability Transformation: By Jens Newig From 6-8 February 2019, Leuphana University will host the Leverage Points 2019 international conference on sustainability research and transformation. Inspired by the work of Donella Meadows’ “Leverage Points: Places to intervene in a system”, this conference will explore the deep leverage points that can…
Originally posted on Leverage Points for Sustainability Transformation: By Joern Fischer From 6-8 February 2019, Leuphana University will host Leverage Points 2019. The conference has several key themes inviting us to look at leverage points where interventions might lead to transformative change towards sustainability. Here, I introduce one of these themes: re-connecting people with the natural environment.…
Originally posted on Leverage Points for Sustainability Transformation: By Daniel J. Lang Looking at my mailbox crowded with invitations to conferences, workshops and symposia that pile up every day, it is hard to escape the notion that we drown in distractions. Hence, it is worth asking how we can focus our time and resources to…
Originally posted on Leverage Points for Sustainability Transformation: by Lotte Lutz The planning and organizing of the conference is gaining momentum while the deadline for the call for abstracts is coming closer. Meanwhile, we are very happy to present the keynote speakers of Leverage Points 2019 to you: inspiring personalities who are dedicated to study…
By Joern Fischer, Maraja Riechers, Cristina Apetrei and Rebecca Freeth Triggered by an interesting email exchange amongst ourselves, we thought we’d share some reflections on “hope” in a time of ecological disaster. Our discussion drew on an article in The Conversation by Neville Ellis and Ashlee Cunsolo and on reflections by Donella Meadows written in …
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