The international Knowledge, Learning, And Societal Change research Alliance (KLASICA) is very pleased to announce dates and the theme of the second KLASICA Taipei symposium. We very cordially invite researchers, policy makers, community activists, and practitioners who are concerned with societal transformations to sustainable futures in accord with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to join us in this exciting and important symposium.
Focus: Core affective narratives of vision and identity that guide and motivate societal change toward sustainable futures and their applicability for modeling social dynamics.
We welcome applications to participate from all interested people from a wide range of backgrounds, including those in early career stages. In order that the symposium functions as a mutual learning experience in which to produce new insights and approaches to complex issues, we will limit the number of participants to a total of 50 people. We particularly encourage participation of those who have experience or are concerned with
- social movements toward sustainability in different communities, contexts, and cultures,
- narrative(s) that have played a significant role in framing or motivating actions by a community or collective, or
- computational modeling of social dynamics in the context of sustainability.
Call for examples of narrative expressions of vision or identity:
We are seeking examples of narratives of vision and identity evident in local or regional contexts (see accompanying call). A limited number of papers (15-20) selected from those submitted in response to the call will be used as the basis for discussion and development of a typology of narratives, as described below.
You will find more information about seeking narratives here
Read more … Save the date to participate in the 2nd KLASICA Taipei Symposium 29 September – 2 October 2018 at the Risk Society and Policy Research Center (RSPRC) National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan
Fostering Collective Behaviour Change Toward Sustainable Futures:
Models, Narratives and Experiments
Humanity faces tremendous challenges and systemic risks, including climate change, resource limitations, and food insecurity. The well-being and perhaps survival of human society depends upon transforming society to just and equitable sustainable futures, particularly in local contexts. A key issue for this transformation is the question of how collective behaviour change toward sustainable futures occurs or can be fostered in diverse communities at different temporal and spatial scales. Addressing this question is at the core of the international research and action alliance KLASICA (www.klasica.org). KLASICA has sought to identify underlying principles of collective behavior change (CBC) to sustainable futures by examining multiple cases in diverse contexts regarding the pre-conditions, success factors, and barriers in these cases (see link below). Read more … Leuphana-KLASICA Workshop of the Knowledge, Learning, and Societal Change Alliance held on 15 Sep 2017 in Lueneburg, Germany
Collective Behavior Change Toward Sustainable Futures:
There have been many calls to address the urgent and critical challenges of changing human society to more sustainable practices in the face of accelerating global change. Remaining safely within the limits of essential resources and life-enabling conditions on Earth and transforming society to reach sustainable and equitable patterns of behavior in our increasingly populated and urban global society are expressed in the Planetary Boundaries discourse and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs). Avoiding transgression of the boundaries and achieving the goals requires major societal transformations at multiple governance levels and spatial scales across the world.
The crucial question is how substantial changes in behaviors and practices of society at multiple levels of governance, sectors of society, and spatial scales can occur. What factors enable or inhibit such major transformation of society? How can the transformations best be fostered through inclusive deliberative democratic means?
Read more … A FRAMEWORK FROM THE KLASICA TAIPEI SYMPOSIUM