GCF @ European Week of Regions and Cities „Trusted Policy-Making in the Digital Era”, Brussels (07.-10.10.2019)

On 8 October 2019, Dr. Sarah Wolf, senior researcher in GCF’s Green Growth process, presented the „Decision Theatre – a process for communication, research, and decision support“ at the European Week of Regions and Cities, organized by the European Committee of the Regions in Brussels from 7-10 October. The seminar titled „Trusted Policy-Making in the Digital Era – Smarter citizens engagement and decision processes“ was organized by the Piedmont Region in partnership with TOP-IX Consortium. Data-driven based solutions are widely emerging in our regional governments, presenting an opportunity to design effective local strategies. The seminar explored how policy decisions can be based on sound evidence, presenting and discussing: – the benefits for decision-makers in using smart data platforms and interconnected services, such as spatial planning or social network modeling, – innovative EU-funded projects solutions and other best practices.


UNECE Sustainability Energy Week, Geneva (25.-27.09.2019)

As part of UNECE’s 28th session of the Committee on Sustainable Energy GCF has been invited to present an interactive session on its mobile Decision Theatre. Within an interactive session partners from…

CSH Workshop, Vienna (12.-13.09.2019)

At the CSH Sustainability and Complexity workshop in Vienna GCF Chairman, Prof. Carlo Jaeger, spoke on the need of a major transition in the evolution of global institutions regarding sustainability in his talk: „Sustainability – a complex challenge. Beyond the wrong kind of complexity.“ GCF vice-chairman, Prof. Manfred Laubichler spoke on the design of “Sustainable Pathways. Why sustainability is a complex problem“. See the videos of their talks and the panel discussion below.

The workshop was organized by Guido Caniglia, Manfred Laubichler, and Stefan Thurner and took place at the Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution and Cognition Research in Klosterneuburg close to Vienna and was co-organized together with the project Complexity or Control? Paradigms of Sustainable Development (CCP at Leuphana University of Lueneburg) and the Complexity Science Hub (CSH in Vienna).

The workshop departed from the idea that sustainability is a problem of complexity and that a sustainability science that aspires to realize more sustainable futures needs to be grounded in complex adaptive systems theories, co-evolutionary perspectives, and transdisciplinary methodologies that can help addressing ongoing societal, ecological, economical, technological, cultural and political transformations (e.g. AI, biotechnologies) so as to contribute moving our societies towards sustainability. The focus of the workshop was on epistemological and institutional dimensions of sustainability science in relation to complexity. The goal was to develop a shared vision for a sustainability science (and for research institutions in sustainability science) grounded in complex adaptive systems theories, co-evolutionary perspectives, and transdisciplinary methodologies.

Videos of the talks: https://www.csh.ac.at/videos-of-csh-kli-sustainability-colloquium