Vala Ragnarsdottir presentation on Convergence to the Balaton Group

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Vala Ragnarsdottir presentation on Convergence to the Balaton Group

  1. 1. 1Rethinking globalisation in the lightof Contraction and CONVERGEnceKristin Vala RagnarsdottirUniversity of Icelandwww.convergeproject.orgBalaton Group Meeting, September 20-25, 2012
  2. 2. The Converge Project• How, given the current situation, do we todaymanage and allocate Earths limited resourcesso the projected global population of 9 billionpeople in 2050, and their offspring, will flourish– sustainably?• Equity within biophysicalplanetary boundaries– by way of convergence2
  3. 3. Convergence2A. Decreasingresource use butdecreasingequality3. Decreasingresource use andincreasingequality1. Increasingresource use anddecreasingequality2B. Increasingresource use butincreasingequalityConvergingDivergingContracting – living within limitsExpanding – disregarding limitsTransitionsEquality &FrugalityInequality &Profligacy
  4. 4. All initiatives –Initiatives MapGreen Dependent
  5. 5. Community Engagement vsSocial Movements5M1 = Dissemination of information to the publicM2 = Collection of information from the publicM3 = Knowledge & energy exchange for collaborationM4a = Shallow behaviour changeM4b = Deep behaviour changeRowe & Frewer; McKenzie-Mohr; SternLevel ofCitizenEngagement &OwnershipLevel of Complexity & Systemic FocusNot fighta changeSupport achangeCoordinateprogresstoward a goalDevelop newsocial normsMechanismforCommunityEngagementM1 always present, M2 should alsobe present, M4a may be presentM1 & M2 always present, M3 shouldbe present, M4a may be presentM1 & M4b might be present,M2 & M3 are presentM3 most stronglypresent, M1, M2 &M4b may be presentCommunityEngagementsSocialMovementsEngagement VariabilityThe Natural Step
  6. 6. Unit of Influence &Boundaries of Context6Unit ofinfluenceCasesIndividuals Bakor, SCAD,GreenwaysInstitutions LCSW, Eco-SchoolsKony 2012Society/CommunityHåga, Totnes, WekerleBoundaries ofcontextCasesGeographic LCSW, Håga, Totnes,WekerleIssues of apopulationEco-Schools, Greenways,SCADGlobal Bakor, Occupy, 350Engagement VariabilityThe Natural Step
  7. 7. The Converge Framework – Principles• Convergence for sustainability is the progresstowards equal opportunities for all people,within biophysical planetary boundaries1. In a converging society, every global citizen has theright to a fair share of the Earth’s biocapacity andsocial resources, to enable him or her to live a fulfillinglife2. A converging society uses its resources efficiently,recognizing the critical value of services from naturalsystems and limiting its harmful impacts upon them. Itrecognizes interdependence amongst human societiesand between human societies and nature3. A converging society invests positively in human, socialand environmental resources; and cares for them,maintains them and restores7
  8. 8. CONVERGE approach• Contraction and ConvergenceTM, Converging World• Planetary boundaries, Ecological footprints, Resourcedepletion• Systems thinking, analysis, dynamics (CLDs)• The Natural Step• AtKisson compass• Action research, World Café, stakeholder involvement• Focus on food security
  9. 9. The Framework tested – communities• Full study– Iceland– Bristol, UK– India: SCAD9• Framework introduction– Lund, Sweden– Gödöllö, Hungary
  10. 10. 10Food valuechainStakeholderchoice
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  12. 12. Food system group modelling in Iceland• Mostly women…
  13. 13. Group modelling in Bristol14
  14. 14. The Framework tested – Causal Loop Diagram15
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  16. 16. Some preliminary results - Iceland• Sustainability education for all• Systems thinking at national level• Link fish farming/geothermal heat/vegetable growing• Make a disaster plan for Iceland• Foster collabaration betweenprivate/academia/government/academia• Establish a seed bank• R&D for more food diversity• Prepare for oil free society• Produce organic fertiliser (use fish bones)• Stop government corruption
  17. 17. Bristol preliminary results• Raise awareness to affect behaviour• Buy British and local• Use leisure time to cook• Reduce oil dependency – bike delivery – usebiofuels• Reduce food waste• Stop supermarket tax avoidance• Stop corruption
  18. 18. What has worked and what has not?• What has worked• Include people from allaspects of food industry• Mapping of the foodsystem• Networking• What has not worked• The issue of planetaryboundaries and socialequity not at the core ofparticipants thinking21
  19. 19. Thank you!Engage with uswww.convergeproject.orgWe are also on Facebook

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