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Transformations 2019: Learning from Transformative Action and Thinking

The Transformations to Sustainability community will be active at the forthcoming Transformations 2019 conference, which takes place in Santiago, Chile.

The theme for the conference is ‘Learning from Transformative Action and Thinking’, and discussions on on this topic will be kick-started on 15 October, when researchers from the Transformations to Sustainability community will convene a pre-conference TransAction workshop:

‘Transformation Laboratories as spaces for co-designing social-ecological transformation: learning from different contexts and approaches’
Tuesday 15 October (09:00-18:00)
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Experimental spaces for supporting collective processes of deliberation and learning about sustainability challenges, and testing possible solutions, are of increasing interest. An example of these are T-Labs (‘transformation laboratories’), which are highly facilitated, multi-stakeholder spaces of interaction and dialogue aimed at co-creating new visions and practices for social-ecological sustainability in specific settings.

Three projects from the ISC-Transformations to Sustainability programme, T-LearningPathways and ACKnowl-EJ, have experimented with and reframed T-Labs, enriching our understanding of transformation itself, and of specific, complex social-ecological systems and their challenges in a wide range of contexts. This TransAction Workshop will bring together a wide range of participants to engage in dialogue, exchange of experience and exploration of the T-Lab framework, and to critically assess its potential to support processes of social-ecological transformation. The framework and its methods will be applied to two cases related to extractive sectors in Latin America. The first case is mining, drawing on the knowledge of the Belmont Forum-NORFACE-Transformations to Sustainability project Gold Matters. The second case is agriculture, building upon Pathways experience. The use of T-Lab processes has great potential for exploring the role of extractive sectors in enabling and advancing transformations to sustainability in Latin America. The workshop will propose tools not only to academics but also to policy makers, practitioners, activists and everyone who is interested in designing multi-stakeholder spaces of transformation in the context of sustainability challenges in general and in extractive sectors such as mining and agriculture in particular. The workshop will be held in Spanish, and translation will be provided on a collaborative basis, as necessary.

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Catch up with the Transformations to Sustainability community at the following sessions:

Wednesday 16 October

11:10-12:45 Parallel Oral Presentation Sessions I

Learning through Transdisciplinarity

Relational and Psychological Dimensions of Agency

13 :45 – 15 :00 Parallel Oral Presentation Sessions II

The Power of Stories

Learning Methods & Evaluation

Actors and Actions in Natural Resource Management

Emerging Theory of Transformational Change

Thursday 17 October

10:30-12:00 Parallel Oral Presentation Sessions III

Fundamentals in Theory and Methods

Co-Producing Urban Transformative Visions for Resilience to Extreme Events: Framing and Case Studies

Negotiating Epistemological Frameworks and Normative Commitments Across a Transformative Knowledge Network

14 :50  – 16 :20 Parallel T-Practice Sessions I

14:50-16:20 Parallel Oral Presentation Sessions IV

Variations of Societal Transformations Across the World

16:30-18:00 Parallel T-Practice Sessions II

Friday 18 October

8:30-9:45 Parallel Oral Presentation Sessions V

Exploring Transformative Narratives

Actors and Actions in Climate Change Response

Social, Political & Cultural Complexities

Resilience, Capacity and Transformation

10:15-11:45 Parallel T-Practice Sessions III

View the full programme on the Transformations 2019 website.


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