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  • 1. Education, Student Engagement, and Mindset Change for Sustainable Development Thomas Andersson Senior Advisor WSC-SD At the Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, December 18, 2009
  • 2. BUSINESS AS USUAL The response of the Earth’s Living Systems to climate change may appear smooth over extended periods of time
  • 3. Radical worsening as interrelated impacts break through … but abrupt changes occur, when buffert mechanisms have been worn down, different trajectories collide, and the resilience of interrelated natural systems is giving in
  • 4. Interactive spheres shaping (un)sustainable development Financial markets Energy Transport systems Economic Manufacturing Construction Agriculture & Food Environment Social Living ecosystems Human wellness Urban Development, Health Recycling, Waste Management, Construction Cohesion and conflict Water Education, Mindset Community building Biodiversity Natural resources management
  • 5. The Economic Evolution towards the Networked Society Data Information Knowledge Ubiquitous Product Solution Innovation Ecosystems Competition Cooperation Collaboration Coopetition 50’s – 70’s 70’s – 90’s 90’s – 2000’s Today?
  • 6. A digital environment is under way around us: cars, toys, home automation … on us: watches, clothing … between us, who is who, can know and rely on what was done in us: RFID tags for health care and automatic payment … Internet . … not using technology for technology’s sake!
  • 7. Abandoning the linear model Source: IKED
  • 8. Open Innovation Model External Ideas New Internal Ideas Products & Markets Spin Offs Open Innovation: The New Imperative for Creating and Profiting from Technology, H. Chesbrough, 2003
  • 9. Male and female entrepreneurial activity Source: Global Entrepreneurship Monitor, 2000.
  • 10. KNOWLEDGE-ECONOMY AND SUSTAINABLE DEEVELOPMENT Education & Learning Information and Innovation Knowledge-Based Entrepreneurship Society CONTENT People & Communities Natural Interrelated Ecosystems Intangible resources The Global Commons Assets ENABLERS
  • 11. Education and Student Engagement for maturity and mindset change… • Knowledge and action for value creation • Entrepreneurial training, experimentation • Mobility, brain circulation Transpassing borders: building • Student Engagement: alliances between disciplines, age groups, nation states From push to pull, from turf to inclusion Role models: authority and mentoring, not authoritarian rule… Learning in action Entrepreneurship and innovation, engagement, learning in action
  • 12. Student engagement – for mindset change… Different disciplines Inventors Firms and market Innovators forces Vested interests Varying Different interests, Bargaining incentives Student initiatives – positions for chain reaction: International Science Communities Growing generations negotiations calling for constructive solutions Professors, teachers Young, schools aspiring entrepreneurs “
  • 13. Summing up: • Balancing uncertain costs and benefits of action and non-action • Managing risks – which ones can we live with? • Costs of in-action may explode with system and threashold effects • Costs of action will depend on collaboration, creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship – mindset • Pull – not push, authority – not aurhoritarioan attitudes, learn not from but in action • Inspiration and learning with role models, mentors, coaching Student organisations and engagement are part of the solution – for showing the way
  • 14. THANK YOU!

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