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Per Olsson: The SDGs and Transformations - for People and the Planet

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On 31 May, Rosemary Kalapurakal, Kumi Naidoo and Per Olsson hosted a discussion about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and transformation. The discussion focused on the implications of transformation research for the implementation of the SDGs, particular SDG-17 – "Partnerships for the Goals" – the only goal that explicitly addresses how nations will meet these sustainability targets.

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Per Olsson: The SDGs and Transformations - for People and the Planet

  1. 1. The SDGs and Transformations - for People and the Planet per.olsson@su.se @perserudsper
  2. 2. Good for both planet and people? Olsson and Galaz 2012
  3. 3. Sustainable development…
  4. 4. Ecosystem services
  5. 5. Folke et al. 2016
  6. 6. Changing the system dynamics that created the problem in the first place A social innovation is any initiative, product, process, program or design that challenges and, over time, changes, the defining routines, resource and authority flows or beliefs of the broader social system in which it is introduced. Successful social innovations have durability, scale and transformative impact.
  7. 7. Social-ecological innovations • Change the system dynamics that created the problem in the first place… • Fundamentally change human- environmental interactions • Enhance the capacity of ecosystems to generate essential services Olsson and Galaz 2012
  8. 8. Copyright Policymic Photo: ©2010 Bruce R Mitchell Bio fuel or bio fail?
  9. 9. Scaling up, out and deep
  10. 10. Merrie and Olsson 2014
  11. 11. “Every innovation has two parts: the first is the invention of the thing itself; the second is the preparation of expectations so that when the invention arrives it seems both surprising and familiar - something long awaited” Edwin Land
  12. 12. Agency for change in complex adaptive systems • Social entrepreneurs • Institutional entrepreneurs • Moral entrepreneurs
  13. 13. System Entrepreneurship • can help us analyze and understand the combined strategies of all different forms of entrepreneurship and cross-scales • reduce resilience of one part of a system, in order to build resilience of an alternative approach • challenges the broad institutional context in order for the innovation to have transformative impact Prepare Navigate Stabilize Window of Opportunity

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