Molly Anderson: Co-creation of Sustainable Futures


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Presentation at the STEPS Conference 2010 - Pathways to Sustainability: Agendas for a new politics of environment, development and social justice

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Molly Anderson: Co-creation of Sustainable Futures

  1. 1. Co-creation of Sustainable Futures STEPS Conference on Pathways to Sustainability University of Sussex - September 24, 2001 Molly Anderson College of the Atlantic Bar Harbor, Maine USA [email_address]
  2. 2. <ul><li>Introduction to cases </li></ul><ul><li>Characteristics of MSFs that encourage learning </li></ul><ul><li>Re-balancing power in MSFs </li></ul><ul><li>Dealing with multiple worldviews in MSFs </li></ul><ul><li>Implications for policy and education </li></ul>Overview
  3. 3. Purpose of the IAASTD: Assess the impacts of AKST on the following development goals—past, present and future: • Reducing hunger and poverty • Improving rural livelihoods and human health • Facilitating equitable and environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable development
  4. 4. <ul><li>Key elements of IAASTD structure & process: </li></ul><ul><li>Intergovernmental </li></ul><ul><li>Interdisciplinary & multi-thematic </li></ul><ul><li>Sponsored by FAO, UNEP, UNDP, GEF, World Bank, UNESCO & WHO </li></ul><ul><li>Equal leadership by women and men, from industrialized & developing countries </li></ul><ul><li>Multistakeholder Bureau with equal representation from civil society & governments </li></ul>
  5. 6. <ul><li>Key elements of ANSI-SC structure & process : </li></ul><ul><li>Follows ANSI protocols for SC selection & criteria development </li></ul><ul><li>Interdisciplinary </li></ul><ul><li>SC made up of producers, environmental interests and “other” </li></ul><ul><li>Sponsored by private donations </li></ul><ul><li>All proceedings and meetings open and transparent </li></ul><ul><li>Secretariat within the Leonardo Academy (a non-profit accredited standard-development organization) </li></ul>
  6. 7. <ul><li>Choose the right stakeholders </li></ul><ul><li>Identify the problem clearly and fully </li></ul><ul><li>Handle different expectations </li></ul><ul><li>Create an atmosphere of safety and respect </li></ul><ul><li>Allow enough time for deep deliberation </li></ul><ul><li>Recognize and accommodate different worldviews </li></ul><ul><li>Incorporate evaluation but don’t overdo it </li></ul>MSF characteristics and steps that increase learning capacity
  7. 8. Power asymmetries in MSFS <ul><li>Participants </li></ul><ul><li>Agenda </li></ul><ul><li>Who speaks and gets attention </li></ul><ul><li>Who makes ultimate decisions </li></ul><ul><li>Whether decisions can be contested </li></ul><ul><li>Who writes and edits the final reports </li></ul>
  8. 9. Rules to help balance power <ul><li>Transparency </li></ul><ul><li>“ Balanced” participation </li></ul><ul><li>Shared agenda-setting </li></ul><ul><li>Agreed-upon norms of respect </li></ul><ul><li>Shared protocols for conflict resolution </li></ul><ul><li>Skillful facilitation </li></ul><ul><li>Reliance on factual evidence </li></ul>
  9. 10. From Adger et al. 2001 Global Environmental Management Populism Reliance on external experts Internal empowerment Market-oriented solutions Grassroots political change Neo-liberal policies Challenges to neo-liberalism Top-down, centralized Bottom-up, dispersed
  10. 11. Techno-optimism  High fear (preoccupation w/ competition) Low fear Interest in self-protection and self-aggrandizement Interest in hoarding and profiting from AKST and other agricultural resources (IPR and other mechanisms) (Global Environmental Management) Interest in social justice, cooperation, diverse perspectives, precautionary approaches to technology (Populism) Interest in sharing AKST and other resources through open-source or fairer mechanisms
  11. 12. Why the IAASTD was more successful in facilitating learning <ul><li>Explicit attention to power dynamics and sharing power </li></ul><ul><li>Relying on evidence and allowing diverse sources </li></ul><ul><li>Framing that used multifunctionality and public goods concepts </li></ul>