As part of the Beyond Sustainability: Radical Transformation Through System Thinking project, researchers have launched the Beyond Sustainability Hub on Clubhouse as a means to engage and exchange ideas with the public about the need for transformative thinking and action on climate change.
Upcoming Conversation Rooms
September 15: TWO EYED SEEING EMBRACING INDIGENOUS KNOWLEDGE
Two-Eyed Seeing (Etuaptmumk in Mi’kmaw) is a concept introduced by Mi’kmaw First Nation (Cape Breton, Nova Scotia) Elders Albert and Murdena Marshallembraces “learning to see from one eye with the strengths of Indigenous knowledges and ways of knowing, and from the other eye with the strengths of mainstream knowledges and ways of knowing, as an alternative for merging western science and Indigenous Knowledge.
September 22: FROM SYSTEM THINKING TO TRANSFORMATIVE THINKING; READY?
We have discussed what system thinking is and how it shows that we cannot remain in silos and separate as most of the things we do are connected to something else. How can we now begin to embrace transformative thinking? What does it mean? What is transformation?
September 29: Do international agreements support transformation?
Through the United Nations and its system, countries have adopted hundreds of conventions, declarations and signed agreements such as the Paris Agreement, the Montreal Protocol, the Convention of Biological Diversity, etc. Now, after decades of signatures, are we further along a path for sustainability? Why are these pieces of paper still not working? Are there other alternative solutions?
Past Conversation Rooms
Wednesday June 30: What is beyond sustainability?
A fundamental overhaul of how we see ourselves with a paradigm shift from a humanist understanding of the world toward a system thinking model that puts nature at its center.
Wednesday July 21: What are ecosystems?
Infinite versus finite? Beyond Sustainability is an international think tank launched for the UN Decade of Ecosystem Restoration 2021.
Wednesday July 28: What is systems thinking?
Systems thinking and how is it applied.
Wednesday August 4: What is transdisciplinary knowledge?
Transdisciplinary knowledge and how can it be applied.
August 11: HOW OUR WORLDVIEW SHAPES OUR CHOICES
What is your view of the world?
Our views and perceptions have been formed by the way we have been raised, our culture, our environment, etc. A Western capitalist worldview is market and money driven so we ask is it the only way forward? Or are there more sustainable worldview that are closer to nature?
Let’s explore them together!
August 18: WHY SDGs ARE NOT ENOUGH
In 2015, the United Nations adopted the 2030 Agenda and its sustainable development goals (SDGs). This agenda is for all countries in the world, not only the developing countries like the Millennium Development Goals. But what do countries really do as they have the right to pick and chose the SDGs that fit their interest? Why the SDGs remain a problem? Can we really achieve them worldwide by 2030?
August 25: DOES EARTH HAVE A TIME LIMIT?
Are we close to the tipping point?
When we talk about planetary boundary, we often make connection with climate change and food security. Are they the only thing we need to worry about? What about water? Are we consuming more than we really need? And all these electronics with the need for rare elements… where are they coming from? Are they easy to extract and do we have sufficient quantity for the long term? What will happen over time ?
September 1: IS RETHINKING OUR CONNECTION TO NATURE JUST AN ILLUSION (PART 1)
With our current western world based on consumption and mainly urban life, people have become more and more disconnected with nature. Many have pushed to reconnect with nature to be more respectful of it and realize that many solutions can be found there. Some will state that watching videos about nature will suffice to reconnect while others will argue that there is a need to experience being with nature. What is the best solution? Is experiencing nature means automatically that people will be more respectful and conscious to protect our environment?
September 8: RETHINKING OUR CONNECTION TO NATURE (PART 2)
Finding solution, but probably not in the western world.
Other cultures then the western world have already started (or in fact continued) to work on being the stewards of the world and have developed solutions or practices that are based on a more viable way of life. It does not mean to go back in time but to better understand our relationships with nature.