1. ‘In Transition’ is the first detailed film about the Transition movement filmed by those that know it best, those who are making it happen on the ground. The Transition movement is about communities around the world responding to peak oil and climate change with creativity, imagination and humour, and setting about rebuilding their local economies and communities. It is positive, solutions focused, viral and fun.

    In the film you'll see stories of communities creating their own local currencies, setting up their own pubs, planting trees, growing food, celebrating localness, caring, sharing. You’ll see neighbours sharing their land with neighbours that have none, local authorities getting behind their local Transition initiatives, schoolchildren making news in 2030, and you'll get a sense of the scale of this emerging movement. It is a story of hope, and it is a call to action, and we think you will like it very much. It is also quite funny in places.

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  2. 2011 07 11 DESIGN ME A PLANET DAY 1

    11 JUILLET 2011

    by Elisabeth Stumpfoll and Sigo Gatterer

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  3. 2011 07 11 DESIGN ME A PLANET DAY 1

    11 JUILLET 2011

    Introduction of the week

    Michel Saloff Coste, Club of Budapest France, Integral University.


    Why this week ?

    Urgency of the planetary context

    Need to build a strong network of international researchers

    Need to finance those researchers by like-minded company, university, ONG and government network

    Need to have exchanges with civil society and increase awareness, democratic process and positive decision-making

    Need for innovative solutions, actions, enterprises……

    Need to experience “glocal” (global/local) processes

    Why “an integral open innovation ecosystem”

    Integral because we need a new way of thinking: more systemic, holistic, interdisciplinary, pluralist…..

    Open because the processes of research and action have to be public, interactive and open to the diversity of the world

    Innovation because we need new solutions

    Ecosystem because we need to reinforce the natural and cultural biodiversity

    Lets have an overview of the program and milestones of the week

    Presentation of the general PPT.

    Michel Saloff-Coste's research focuses on the paradigm shift within the information society that he himself defines as a “Creation-Communication Society”. Michel Saloff Coste is recognized in Europe America and Asia as being a vanguard artist, integral and global futurist, business advisors and entrepreneurs. As keynote speaker he have spoke this last twenty years in front of more than 10 000 managers of the most important company in the world. He is a change catalyst working with individuals, corporations and government to create “fast insights into alternative futures”.
    Michel Saloff-Coste, consultant in management strategy and communication, got involved in more fundamental research on these topics as he directed a multidisciplinary workshop on societal change, from 1985 to 1987, at the Ministry of Research in France. In 1991, he joined as Senior consultant and research director the Bossard Consulting Group, a top leading European consultancy firm, which is now Capgemini.
    In 1993 he created his own research and consultancy firm MSC ET ASSOCIES Management Strategy Communication specialising in global governance, sustainable development and information society. Between 1997 and 2005 Michel launched and developed a venture capital firm, Newcap Invest.
    In 1993, he is initiator and founder of the Club of Budapest in France : an international non-profit organisation dedicated to encouraging people to discuss complex global issues. Michel Saloff-Coste has taught vanguard management in HEC Paris since 1990. As a contemporary artist Michel has explored a wide variety of mediums: painting, photography, video and music. His work has been exhibited and collected by many private galleries and individuals but also leading art institutions such as the Museun of Modern Art in Paris, Centre George Pompidou. He his author of several books and papers in fields of future studies, organization, management, sociology, art and communication.
    In 2011 he was appointed Chief Innovation Officer , research manager in charge of international relationships, in the French consulting firm In Principo.
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  4. Megatrends of the Mind
    “Futures Thinking” and Futures of Thinking Author: Dr. Jennifer M. Gidley
    President, World Futures Studies Federation
    Research Fellow
    Global Cities Research Institute RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia
    Prepared for the
    Design me a Planet Summer Academy Austria, July 10th – 17th 2011

    It is not enough for the futures studies field to be primarily focused on external “trends”
    thus overlooking the major paradigm shifts rocking the foundations of knowledge
    for the last half-century...
    The “megatrends of the mind” are as important for futures studies as a field
    as the megatrends in the external world.”
    Jennifer Gidley, (2010). "Globally Scanning for Megatrends of the Mind: Potential Futures of "Futures Thinking"."
    Futures: The journal of policy, planning and futures studies 42(10): 1040-1048.

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  5. Alexandre Rojey, TUCK Foundation
    Humanity has to deal with major challenges: rarefaction of resources, global warming, and economic crisis. The present organization of the world economic system appears as non sustainable. Environment degradation, loss of biodiversity, local pollution, rarefaction of natural resources and global warming lead to a major risk of collapse at a global level, if appropriate decisions are not taken in due time. The present economic and financial system, which is based upon short term profit criteria, makes difficult to follow the required orientations and contributes to increase social tensions. A global transition is required, involving major changes in economy and the social life. Disruptive changes are needed, in order to provide appropriate solutions to the present economic, social and environmental challenges.
    The main options for trying to overcome these challenges are presented and discussed. A first option is based upon the idea that technological progress will be able to solve the problems which are encountered by the human society. For those who support this view, Nanotechnologies, Biotechnologies together with Information and Cognition technologies (NBIC) converge towards a new paradigm, which will enable humanity to overcome the main problems it encounters.
    A quite different position is held that those who fear that technology could lead to an irreversible destruction of our environment. Their priority is to reduce our needs and our consumption level. The degrowth movement recommends to limit the consumption of energy and raw materials, while raising the efforts to protect the environment.
    The progression towards an increasing complexity is needed, as it is a prerequisite for finding the appropriate solutions which can make the present evolution viable. It will continue, due to a continuous increase of knowledge and the permanent creation of new devices. Society will evolve through the formation of new connections with surrounding devices and new links between people, which can help to create a better understanding and to develop a collective intelligence. The role of creativity will increase in all areas and will help to achieve personal fulfilment. Thus, it will contribute to drive society towards a more open and collaborative organization, not only based upon the search of profit. It can contribute also to bring more democracy and more empathy between citizens from different nations.
    Such an evolution can remain compatible with the environment preservation, if it does not imply a similar progression of the GDP and of the consumption of natural resources. In order to achieve an evolution operating in symbiotic relationship with the environment, an appropriate policy must be defined and implemented, as it is not possible to rely only upon the market mechanism. Such a policy implies to reduce the consumption of non renewable resources and to get as close as possible to a “zero waste” situation, by reducing the consumption of non renewable raw materials, recycling used materials whenever possible, achieving an integration of energy and mass fluxes and optimizing the use of bio-resources.

    Alexandre Rojey has been working for many years at IFP, a large R&D organization in France, where he has been Director for Sustainable Development, coordinating activities related to global climate change, long term energy supply and environment protection.
    Previously he was in charge of natural gas activities and has initiated new developments in the area of natural gas processing. He has been also chairman of CEDIGAZ, an international association in the area of natural gas and chairman of the ECRIN Club "Alternative energies" for the promotion of links between research and industry. He has written a book entitled   « Energy and climate- How to achieve a successful energy transition » published by Wiley.
    He is presently active within the Tuck Foundation, which is dealing in the area of Energy and Sustainable Development, where he is leading a think tank entitled IDEES. Based upon the work done within this t

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