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Problem Statement Initiative and constructive change is taking place also on the micro-level: sustainable solutions and strategies adopted on this level as counterbalance for macro-level power of conditioning often doesn’t reach a macro-level relevance.   Problems:                                             Institutions, often playing a role of one-way filters, reflect and mediate top-down, but not bottom-up approaches. A constant [...]

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EMERGING NEED OF FUTURE There is an emerging need of thinking about the future, of striving, reflecting, focusing and imagining the future. With increasing strength, it’s felt the necessity to take care of our future as a society (if not as a species) – probably due to the fact that for the first time in [...]

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Discussion group: Claes Andersen, Federico Corni, Hans Fuchs, Rudolf M. Füchslin, Celine Rozenblat, Margherita Russo, Stephan Scheidegger, Roberto Serra, Marco Vilani, Martha Wahl, Richard Wallace, Mathias Weyland. Purpose This document identifies three different tracks for future modeling related actions in the INSITE community. They result from a discussion at the INSITE meeting October 16, San [...]

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Projectmembers; Brigitte Bloksma, Gerard de Zeeuw, Chris Sigaloff, Karl-Erik Eriksson, Susi Windischbauer, Francesca Pancotto   Art as changemaker There are many examples where art has played an important role in generating social change. The renewed attention for home grown produce and food production in the City was for example, triggered by the sole artist Agnes [...]

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Author: Marlieke Kieboom Event: Comments: 2

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What? Reconnecting governance systems and citizens Why? To navigate for systemic change How? By unlocking innovative strategies through parallel digital and analogue radical experiments Proposal? Five radical experiments by one international guild of radical innovators Who? Bryan Boyer (SITRA, Finland), Alberto Cottica (Council of Europe, Belgium), Marlieke Kieboom (Kennisland, Netherlands), Jan Salvador van der Ven [...]

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In contrast with the linear model of technological development according to which technology is applied science, we propose to consider development as an interaction between public and technical actors. Public discourses formulate values, demands, which are translated into technical specifications by experts. This is the production of technical codes that are embodied in the design [...]

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Some thougths by Patrizia Cappelletti. From my point of view I could see 4 topics emerging: the problem of envisioning (Envisioning is a problem because the strenght of an immanentist culture. Nonetheless we need a new imaginary for a new kind of action) sustainability as a vision ( how can we transform a problematic topic as [...]

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I wish to comment on the role of mathematical and computational models in the ambitious task of the Insite project, i.e. that of trying to understand some possible features of a socially sustainable future. My key argument is that these models can be helpful and effective if they give us insights into the key processes [...]

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David Lane’s introduction to Envisioning a socially sustainable future: Models, Narratives, Art” workshop

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Sustainability is a term that has been given many different meanings, all of which derive from the perception that the existing model of industrial society is on a fatal trajectory. Three responses to this perception are possible. The dominant view holds that the trajectory will be altered by innovations that conserve the basic pattern of [...]

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