The second annual Transformative Knowledge Workshop took place between 10 and 12 September 2015 in Durban, South Africa, just ahead of the 2015 World Social Science Forum. The main aim of the workshop was to start building a community of academic and practice experts – the beginnings of an open, global knowledge base – around research on social transformations to sustainability.
Fifteen representatives of eight short-listed proposals for Transformative Knowledge Networks came together to collectively develop a vision for the knowledge base. The group brainstormed ideas for how the knowledge base could become a self-organizing, open network, platform and repository of knowledge that could underpin the development of solutions to the socio-ecological challenges we face.
Specific aims of the workshop were to:
The workshop benefitted from the facilitation of Margaret Krebs and the insights into collective inquiry and thinking of Valerie A. Brown. Workshop attendees also took part in a field trip to the Buffelsdraai Landfill Site Community Reforestation Project, led by Debra Roberts, Director of the Environmental Planning and Climate Protection Department of eThekwini Municipality and Future Earth Engagement Committee member.
An evening event at Moyo uShaka led by artist Andries Botha focused on the contribution that creativity and imagination can make to the solution of social and ecological challenges. Guest speakers who gave insights from their own practice were; Coral Bijoux, Director, Voices of Women Museum (Amazwi Abesifazane); Grant Trebble, Environmental Project Developer; and Fred Kockott, Director, Roving Reporters.
Finally, on 13 September, representatives of the short-listed proposals took part in a special panel at the 2015 World Social Science Forum, moderated by Senior Programme Adviser Susi Moser with keynote speaker Valerie Brown.
Susi Moser: Our path to here
Valerie Brown: Workshop handouts
Valerie Brown: Tackling Transformation: Using all of our minds