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Transformations 2019: Coda

This post originally appeared on the SDG Transformation Forum blog. October 20, 2019. The world is rolling with thunder. Thunder of very different kinds. Two days ago, it was the thunderous applause of appreciation and celebration at the conclusion of the fourth international conference on social transformations to sustainability – Transformations 2019 – held for the first time […]

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 […]

Transformations for Early Career Researchers: Envisioning shared utopias

Witnessing transformation as an early career researcher is a very interesting prospect. For one, to understand the resistances that people all over the world are part of, what that utopia that we envision for ourselves really is, and how we are able to relate and connect with these struggles. Being part of a system that […]

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 […]

Just Transition(s) and transformative change

By Dunja Krause and Joachim Roth This post originally appeared on Just Transition(s), which is published by the Just Transition Research Collaborative in partnership with the ISSC.  Despite its growing uptake, the Just Transition is often narrowly conceived as a concept to protect workers who are facing unemployment due to climate policy and shifts to sustainable production systems, […]

Lessons learnt and guiding principles for a just energy transition in the Global South

By Thomas Hirsch This post originally appeared on Just Transition(s), which is published by the Just Transition Research Collaborative in partnership with the ISSC.  The Just Transition discourse has its origin in the struggle of North American trade unions for programmes supporting workers who lost their jobs as a result of environmental protection policies in the 1970s and […]

Contesting the colour of a Just Transition in South Africa

By Jacklyn Cock This post originally appeared on Just Transition(s), which is published by the Just Transition Research Collaborative in partnership with the ISSC.  Two new coal-fired power stations, among the largest in the world, are being built in South Africa. Another 10 smaller ones are planned as well as 40 new coal mines, most of them in […]