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The Power of Curiosity to Stimulate Innovation for Sustainability

Curiosity is a multi-dimensional concept with no single definition, and overlaps extensively with related concepts, including creativity, inquisitiveness and openness to experience. In the context of this conceptual ambiguity, we approached curiosity through the following working definition: a focussed or … Continue reading

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A Pedagogy of Love

This opinion/editorial presents the belief that love is present in all human lives as an emotional experience and may be present in all human lives as an intellectual idea as well, and considers the actualities that might lie behind common … Continue reading

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Systems View of Life

As the twenty-first century unfolds, it is becoming more and more evident that the major problems of our time – energy, the environment, climate change, food security, financial security – cannot be understood in isolation. They are systemic problems, which … Continue reading

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Facilitating Sustainable Innovation through Collaboration

Innovation, sustainability, and collaboration are all related in their efforts to manage multiple dimensions of organizational and institutional policies and practices. This book provides an overview of the three topics and their relative importance to overall advancement of sustainability through … Continue reading

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World in Transition – A Social Contract for Sustainability

Adding together all of the challenges involved in the transformation for sustainability to come, it becomes clear that the upcoming changes go far beyond technological and technocratic reforms: the business of society must be founded on a new ‘business basis’. … Continue reading

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Panarchy: Understanding Transformations in Human and Natural Systems

Creating institutions to meet the challenge of sustainability is arguably the most important task confronting society; it is also dauntingly complex. Ecological, economic, and social elements all play a role, but despite ongoing efforts, researchers have yet to succeed in … Continue reading

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Sustainability Transformations – a Resilience Perspective

Scholars and policy makers are becoming increasingly interested in the processes that lead to transformations toward sustainability. We explored how resilience thinking, and a stronger focus on social-ecological systems, can contribute to existing studies of sustainability transformations. First, we responded … Continue reading

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Complex Systems Regime Shift – Readings I

For a Complex Systems point of view. Towards sustainability, it is important to understand the dynamics of socio-ecological systems, as complex adaptive systems. An essential aspect of such complex systems is nonlinearity, leading to historical dependency and multiple possible outcomes … Continue reading

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Social-ecological Resilience and Socio-technical Transitions

Technology contributes both positively and negatively to the resilience of ‘social-ecological systems’, but is not considered in depth in that literature. A technology-focused literature on socio-technical transitions shares some of the complex adaptive systems sensibilities of social-ecological systems research. It … Continue reading

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Social Learning and Sustainability – Exploring Critical Issues in Relation to Environmental Change and Governance

This report addresses a critical part of the very front of social-ecological systems research. Learning can be seen as a process of change in the way we look upon the world — our thoughts, feelings and actions — which is … Continue reading

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