Work Package 7

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

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Work Package 7

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

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