Hearts and Minds or Culture and Context: Theorising Behavioural Change: 5. Webinar held by Steve Rayner on July 11

Collective behaviour change is often presented as a battle for hearts and minds of individuals. The discourses of “post-truth” and “fake news” appear to revive knowledge deficit theories and the idea that knowledge claims can be substantiated by reference to objective facts. Yet social media campaigns designed to convince individual sceptics of the facticity of claims (e.g., about climate science) meet with little success. The webinar will ask whether the dominant model of individual cognition is up to the task KLASICA has set itself and whether there are viable alternatives that could offer better traction.

The webinar will be held on July 11 at 13:00 UTC (14:00 BST/15:00 CEST)
Registration URL: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7687105085951053571
Webinar ID: 744-043-419

Steve Rayner is James Martin Professor of Science and Civilization at Oxford University’s School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography and Director of the Institute for Science, Innovation and Society, where he also co-directs the Oxford Programme for the Future of Cities and the Oxford Geoengineering Programme, both supported by the Oxford Martin School. He is also a Senior Fellow at The Breakthrough Institute, a non-partisan environmental NGO based in California’s Bay Area. He previously held senior research positions in two US National Laboratories and has taught at leading US universities, including Cornell, Virginia Tech, and Columbia. Trained as a political anthropologist (PhD University College London 1980), he describes himself as an ‘undisciplined’ scholar, committed to changing the world through social science.

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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?


Final International Symposium of the ILEK Project

The final international symposium of the ILEK project was held on January 22 at RIHN, Kyoto. The report and movies of all presentations and discussions are now available on the project website. The opening and overview “ILEL Triangle Model and its Enablers” was given by Project Leader Tetsu Sato followed by the session “Sources and Uses of Knowledge in Co-designing Futures in the Arctic” held by Ilan Chabay.

You will find more information here.