The overarching theme of this conference is ‘sustainability transformations in practice’. Important advances about transformation across different disciplines are already emerging, such as from the arts, humanities, social science and different scientific fields, including social-ecological resilience research, social-technological transitions research, development studies, and research focusing on social innovation. However, transformation is an inherently practical endeavour, and many of the most exciting innovations for change are emerging from practice, such as changes in routines, policies, norms and behaviours and wider attempts to encourage change. This can include diverse approaches that aim to enhance adaptation to and mitigation of climate change, address biodiversity, social justice, water, food security challenges and many other aspects relating to sustainability.
In many cases practical and academic knowledge are developing independently, rather than informing each other. Greater cross-fertilisation of transformation research and practice across different communities and across different strands of research is important. Transformations 2017 therefore seeks to bring together different kinds of knowledge to accelerate learning about, and help facilitate, fundamental changes in people-planet relationships.
Transformations 2017 warmly invites submissions for presentations, practice sessions and workshops from any practical sector, organisation or academic discipline interested in being part of the dialogue that encourage significant changes towards enhancing environmental and social sustainability related to one of the broad themes of the conference.
Submission Deadline: 31 October
More information here.
Creative Carbon Scotland is a partnership of arts organisations working to put culture at the heart of a sustainable Scotland. We believe cultural and creative organisations have a significant influencing power to help shape a sustainable Scotland for the 21st century.
In 2011 we worked with partners Festivals Edinburgh, the Federation of Scottish Threatre and Scottish Contemporary Art Network to support over thirty arts organisations to operate more sustainably.
We are now building on these achievements and working with over 70 cultural organisations across Scotland in various key areas including carbon management, behavioural change and advocacy for sustainable practice in the arts.
Our work with cultural organisations is the first step towards a wider change. Cultural organisations can influence public behaviour and attitudes about climate change through:
Changing their own behaviour;
Communicating with their audiences;
Engaging the public’s emotions, values and ideas.
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