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Work Package 7 as presented at the CONVERGE project kick-off meeting in Budapest, September, 2009. http://www.convergeproject.org

Work Package 7 as presented at the CONVERGE project kick-off meeting in Budapest, September, 2009. http://www.convergeproject.org

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  • CONVERGE kick-off meeting
    Kristín Vala Ragnarsdóttir
    University of Iceland - Partner 8
    Leader of WP 7
  • Participants in Iceland
    • Kristín Vala Ragnarsdóttir (Vala)
    • Dean of Engineering and Natural Sciences
    • Environmental Geochemistry
    • Sustainability – water, soil, communities
    • BrynhildurDavíðsdóttir (Binna)
    • Director of Environment and Natural Resources MSc
    • Biology, Ecological Economics, Systems Dynamics
    • Ecosystem Services
    • SigrúnMaríaKristinnsdóttir (Sigrún)
    • PhD student, writer, journalist, MScEnvNatRes
  • Our role
    • Link science and reality, researchers and test- communities
    • Bristol, Reykjavík, Lund, Gödölö, Tirunelveli?
    • Others – mountains of Sweden?
    • Participants – cross section of Society
    • Guidance - stakeholders
     
  • Model testing – With ULUND
  • Objectives
    • Use findings of WP2 and 3 to create an appropriate unifying framework for convergence that can be used across communities
    • Establish a cross section of civil society, state and business communities on which we test the framework
    • Develop a test method which can be used to rapidly assess the appropriateness of the framework
    • Gather feedback on the proposed test methods via workshops
    • Undertake action research with the proposed cross sections
    • Report findings for WP8
  • Deliverables
    • Deliverables
    • D34 – Month 6 – year 1
    • Report on the rational for and a description of the communities that will be tested in CONVERGE
    • D35 – Month 20 – year 2
    • Synthesis of results of WPs into a multi-level framework for convergence
    • D36 – Month 40 – year 4
    • A web-based resource or book for communities wishing to engage in convergence
  • Milestone
    • M17 – month 48 – year 4
    • An internationally visible meeting assessing the CONVERGE framework
  • Other HI inputs
    • WP2 - current state of the art
    • WP3 - test models
    • WP4 (conflicting policies)
    • WP5 (community engagement strategies)
    • WP6 (case studies)
    • WP8 - feed into interdisciplinary analysis
    • WP9 - stakeholder involvement
  • Requests
    • Systems dynamics course in Lund for all
    • Review of Matt´s indicator summary by all
  • Food for thought
    • Find a way to measure and test successful electronic communication that reduces travel miles of participants during project
    • Remember values in The Earth Charter
    • Important paper out on Sept 24 in NATURE
    • Planetary boundaries
    • Remember to include GPI
    • Genuine progress indicator
  • New books of interest
    • Stibbe A., ed.(2009) The Handbook of Sustainability Literacy. Skills for a Changing World. Green Books, Dartington.
    • Hopkins R. (2008) The Transition Handbook: From Oil Dependency to Local Resilience. Green Books, Dartington.
    • Blewitt J., ed. (2008) Community, Empowerment and Sustainable Development. The Converging World Series. Green Books, Dartington.
  • New books
    • Parker J. and Wade R., eds. (2008) Journeys around Education for Sustainability. South Bank University, London.
    • Meadows D.H. with Wright D., ed. (2008) Thinking in Systems. A Primer. Chelsea Green Publishing, White River Junction, Virginia.
    • Tasaka H. (2008) The Five Laws to Foresee the Future. 12 Paradigm Shifts that Will Happen in the Future of Human Society. Jorge Pinto Books, New York.
  • Books
    • Jackson T. (2009) Prosperity without Growth. Economics for a Finite Planet. EarthScan, London.
    • Kumar S. (2007) Spiritual Compass. The Three Qualities of Life. Green Books.
    • Lazslo E. (2008) Quantum Shift in the Global Brain. How the New Scientific Reality Can change Us and Our World. Inner Traditions International.
  • Sustainability literacy Media literacy
    Coping with complexity Transition skills
    emotional well-being gaia awareness
    Effortless action permaculture design
    Community gardening systems thinking
    ecological intelligence values reflection
    Cultural literacy materials awareness
    Technology appraisal economic awareness
    appropriate technology greening business
    Economic awareness commons thinking
    Optimisation carbon capability
    Values reflection social conscience/justice
  • How do we educate communities?
    Effective make it easy
    Cater for different cultures
    Quick first steps
    Values win the crowd
    What size works? Low fruit
    Games?
    How do we use media? Twitter frikr
    facebookyoutube ted
  • Systems Games
    • Suggest we play at next meeting
    • Dennis Meadows
  • Our first steps
    • Learn better systems thinking
    • Training in system dynamics
    • Choose communities and size with your help
    • Write up community choice with rationale and description
    • Think up savvy media-clips for awareness raising
  • Our questions for you
    • What is the optimal size of communities to work with?
    • Which communities do you suggest?
    • What is your engagement with them?
    • Shall we include communities in Ghana and Indonesia?
    • How do we raise sustainability literacy prior to and during the community testing process?
  • World Café Questions – WP5+6
    What case initiatives can you suggest?
    Can you suggest how it adds to contraction and convergence?
    Community engagement
    Best practice