The Green New Deal & Radical Transformations Towards More Sustainable Societies (AKA Sustainability Transitions)

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Join a special Health Systems Chat in Social VR aboard a space biosphere 1000 years in the future, inhabited by the last robot caring for the last seedling, as we consider what might have been. How might we have avoided our eventual extinction? Specifically we will drill down into the Green New Deal, but also generally consider the idea of "sustainability transition'" a key concept for plotting paths toward better alternative futures A sustainability transition a “radical transformation towards a sustainable society, as a response to a number of persistent problems confronting contemporary modern societies” (Grin et al 2010): "a process of fundamental and irreversible change in a society’s culture, (institutional) structures and practices. It takes between 25 to 50 years for a transition to fully materialize. Transitions can be identified in societal systems like energy, mobility, water, agriculture and health care and are the result of a co-evolution of economic, cultural, technological, ecological and institutional developments at different levels. Transitions are characterized by the emergence of new structures, cultures and practices. Other key characteristics are co-evolution, self-organization and adaptation. Examples of (possible) transitions are: from coal energy supply to gas energy supply, from a linear to a circular economy, or a transition from bureaucratic health care to human-centered care. (drift)


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