Re-thinking Sustainability: New directions for Rio+20?

Dr. Maritta Koch-Weser, Lecture-Participatory Seminar

Friday 4 February   11 – 4.30  (Oxford Brookes Univ. Buckley Bdg, Room BG01)

As part of the series: AGENTS OF CHANGE: Ecological Citizenship and The Art of Changing One’s Mind(set). Interdisciplinary Symposia – Seminars – Dialogue Processes, Oxford (UK), 2011

An introductory presentation will reflect on (1) the history and range of sustainability definitions, (2) global achievements in the name of sustainability since the Rio Environment Summit 1992, and especially on (3) the current need to reframe and revive the notion of sustainability in tangible, operationally relevant ways in the context of Rio+20

> Lecture-Participatory Seminar:   There is no fee for this day, but participants are challenged to contribute their own experiences and visions for the road ahead.

BIO: Maritta Koch-Weser is Founder and President of Earth3000, an international NGO that supports strategic innovations in governance for environment and development, combining academic, advisory and board engagements. She coordinates a program on Amazonia at the Institute of Advanced Studies, University of Sao Paulo. Prior to this she worked for 20 years at the World Bank, where she was responsible for major sustainable development programs and held senior management positions in sustainable development for the Asia and Latin America & Caribbean programs. She has been Director General of IUCN -The World Conservation Union, and CEO of the Global Exchange for Social Investment, a development initiative supporting emerging social business and entrepreneurship, originated by the World Economic Forum. Her work at Earth3000 builds on over 3 decades in international development, as anthropologist and environmentalist. She has field experience in Latin America, South & East Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, Eastern Europe & countries of the Former Soviet Union and has led major environmental & social assessment tasks, and investment programs in the agriculture, forestry, mining, energy, and urban-industrial sectors. Her interdisciplinary interests include the role of creative methodologies in attitudinal change and in social sculpture processes linking imagination and transformation.

Maritta Koch-Weser holds a Ph.D. from Bonn and Cologne Universities, and a 2010 Honorary Doctorate from Oxford Brookes University. She has taught Anthropology and Latin American Studies at George Washington University in Washington D.C., and carried out extensive field work in Brazil.

By Sacha Kagan

Research Associate at the ISCO - Institute of Sociology and Cultural Organization (ISKO - Institut für Soziologie und Kulturorganisation), Leuphana University Lueneburg, Sacha Kagan founded the International level of Cultura21, Network for Cultures of Sustainability, as well as the International Summer School of Arts and Sciences for Sustainability in Social Transformation (ASSiST). The focus of his research and cultural work lies in the trans-disciplinary field of arts and (un-)sustainability. Doctor in Philosophy (Leuphana University Lueneburg) with a thesis on the subject of culture, the arts and sustainability under the perspective of complexity ; M.A. in Cultural Economics (Erasmus University Rotterdam) ; and Graduate of Sciences Po Bordeaux (political sciences). For Cultura21, Sacha is also coordinating the eBooks series, the regular updates on our multi-lingual website, the English section of our webmagazine and the work of our Lueneburg-based interns.