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.

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How can we stimulate action on collective behavior change toward sustainable futures?

by Grace Mbungu

Insights from the First KLASICA International Case Studies Symposium in Taipei

The first Knowledge, Learning, And Societal Change Alliance (KLASICA) Symposium, which took place on 21–24 November 2016, in Taipei, Taiwan was a stimulating and productive event. KLASICA is a new effort using the wide range of intellectual lenses of the natural and social sciences, the arts, and the humanities to understand conditions that enable or obstruct collective behavior change and societal transformation to just and equitable sustainable futures and to use the evolving understanding to foster that change.

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