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Announcements

Launch of 12 new Transformations to Sustainability projects highlights the social justice and equity dimensions of sustainability

Twelve new international, interdisciplinary research projects on transformations to sustainability, jointly funded by the Belmont Forum, NORFACE and the International Science Council, were formally presented in a session at the World Social Science Forum in Fukuoka, Japan, on 26 September 2018. In a keynote address to the projects, Professor Melissa Leach, Director of the Institute […]

T-Labs: A Practical Guide from the PATHWAYS network

The PATHWAYS network has published a new guide to T-Labs (Transformation Labs), which draws on lessons from its work worldwide as part of the Transformations to Sustainability programme. Since 2016, the Pathways Network has convened T-Labs to respond to social-ecological problems in six countries (Argentina, Mexico, Kenya, China, the UK and India). T-Labs: A Practical […]

Tiny books for T-Learning

The T-Learning projects met for their third research school and project meeting this June in Colombia, following on from the Living Aulas Early Career Research School. Time was spent on reflecting on the qualities and processes of T-learning, discussing metaphors that help to transgress the taken-for-granted, and forms of sharing the t-learning research. One of the […]

Lessons on T-learning using an app

In South Africa, one third of all food produced for consumption is wasted, whilst 26% of all households experience hunger. The Food for Us project aims to develop a mobile phone application to link farmers and consumers to reduce food surplus on farms. The application has being trialled by 40 voluntary participants in the Western […]

Graduation for environmental activist T-learners

Some of the principles for T-learning facilitation have been co-developed with the Environmental Monitoring Group and AWARD in a ‘Changing Practice’ course for environmental activists in South Africa, which has now drawn to a close after 18 months of intense focus and learning. Seventeen community-based environmental justice activists from civil society organizations throughout the Olifants […]

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Opinion

Unpacking language and power

“Una mañana colombiana, un grupo de gente hablaba del lenguaje, que es language y significa idioma. En fin, hablaban de hablar.” (Almendra Cremaschi, from a forthcoming ‘tiny book’) This blog was written by Anna James and generated by the Living Aulas collective, June 2018. At the Living Aulas in Colombia we took some time to […]

Argentina’s ‘Bioleft’ project shares its first open source seeds

By Patrick van Zwanenberg and Anabel Marin, Steps America Latina Last week, at a small ceremony in Argentina, seeds were transferred from researchers to farmers for the first time under a new kind of open source contract. Over the last eight months, STEPS America Latina has been busy discussing and designing Bioleft, an open source seed […]

Sustainability worthy of our longing

By Hannah Moersberger and Dylan McGarry This post also appears on the Future Earth blog.  “We are longing for mentors that take care of us as human beings; mentors that act like parents, not like political dictators.” These are the words of Kuda Mudokwani from Zimbabwe, reflecting on struggles and longings of early career change-makers […]

T-learning as Seedbed of Transformation

Zimbabwean farmers creating new markets via creative solidarity relations; South African farmers crossing boundaries between college, youth groups and farmers’ associations; Ethiopian communities re-framing power relations as they protect their sacred natural sites, and university students and administrators hosting a funeral for e-waste on their campus. What do these all have in common?  Qualities and […]

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Resources

July 2018 newsletter out now

The July 2018 T2S newsletter is a bumper edition, with updates on the new Belmont Forum-NORFACE T2S programme, the first T2S knowledge brief, a new digital forum on Just Transitions, and the usual updates, publications and events from the ACKNOWL-EJ, PATHWAYS and T-LEARNING networks. The editorial in this edition is by Mathieu Denis, Science Director of […]

Ten essentials for research that responds to the climate challenge

A knowledge brief published today by the Transformations to Sustainability programme highlights ten essentials for research that responds to the climate challenge. Accelerating the kinds of learning needed to make transformations to sustainability will require transformations in the way knowledge is produced and used. This brief sets out ten essentials for action-oriented transformations research, and […]

Resources round-up: latest publications from the T2S community

Our April 2018 newsletter includes numerous journal articles, books, blogs, book chapters, videos and more from the T2S community. Many of these are available open access. A perspective on radical transformations to sustainability: resistances, movements and alternatives Leah Temper, Mariana Walter, Iokiñe Rodriguez, Ashish Kothari, Ethemcam Turham (2018), Sustainability Science This paper presents key results and […]

Mapping of initial learning interactions (Malawi case study blog: part 2)

This post originally appeared on the T-LEARNING website. Read the first part – ‘Co-defining matters of concern’ – here.  The Malawi case study takes place in the Lake Chilwa Basin, a wetland of international significance prone to drying. Within the basin, Domasi and Nsanama Extension Planning Areas (EPAs) are our focus. The study subjects are women […]

Co-defining matters of concern (Malawi case study update: part 1)

This post originally appeared on the T-LEARNING website. Read the second part here. Brief Description of the study site Lake Chilwa is the second largest lake in Malawi with a surface area of 1,300 km2. The lake has a history of droughts resulting from below normal precipitation levels. Since the 1700s, the lake has either […]

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Why we need alternatives to development

By Ashish Kothari, Ariel Salleh, Arturo Escobar, Federico Demaria, and Alberto Acosta. This post originally appeared on the EADI blog. The seductive nature of development rhetoric, sometimes called developmentality or developmentalism, has been internalized across virtually all countries. Decades after the notion of development spread around the world, only a handful of countries that were […]