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Sunday, August 2 • 14:00 - 18:00
Workshop: Education for Anthropocene Governance

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Lead by Prof. Pavel Luksha, Director, Global Education Futures

Pre-conference workshop and SIG working session at the ISSS 2015 Conference, Berlin, Germany

  • Part 1: August 2, 2015 from 14:00 to 18:00

  • Part 2: August 6, 2015 from 16:00 to 18:00

Held in partnership between ISSS Curating Emergence for Thrivability SIG and Global Education Futures


It has been argued that the era of the Anthropocene calls for entirely new civilizational strategies. We must depart from behavioral strategies that take root in the time even before the emergence of modern civilization and lead to overconsumption of natural resources, destruction of biodiversity, disruption of climatic balance, and increasing chances of self-destruction of our species. The challenge we face requires multi-faceted responses that includes

  • development of entirely new technologies (e.g. sustainable renewable energy, energy-efficient construction, efficient recycling, materials that come from renewable sources, etc.);

  • policies that encourage individual & collective behavior that reduces, not increases, existential risks for our civilization, as well as negative human impact upon Nature – and cultural patterns that do the same;

  • organizations and institutions that work directly with some of the Anthropocene challenges on the local, national, and global scale – e.g. preventing the loss of biodiversity or reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

However, it is also often argued that the crisis we have to overcome in the age of the Anthropocene is caused primarily by the faulty models of thinking and acting that are permeating our society. The key to sustainable and prosperous society lies with education – the skills of children and adults. Some governments (e.g. in Scandinavian countries) have successfully addressed some of the Anthropocene problems by introducing new kindergarten, school & university level programs regarding ‘greener’ behavior of their populations. However, the level of response still does not match the level and the urgency of threats that we as humanity have already created for ourselves and Nature. We need to identify general and professional skills that would help us deal with the challenges of the Anthropocene on a planetary level – and we have to make global effort to have these skills introduced in the standard educational curricula of developed and emerging societies.

Purpose and structure of the workshop

The workshop on “Skills for Anthropocene Governance” is organized as a small Systems Lab where the collective intelligence of participants will be applied to map out and prioritize existing and future civilizational challenges that need to be addressed in the age of the Anthropocene. We will then map out general and specific skills that can be used to govern the Anthropocene. Finally, we will identify changes required in the institutions of conventional and new education (including schools, universities, global online learning platforms, skills-related social movements, etc.) that are required to install and reproduce these skills on the global scale – and possible policies and arrangements that can accelerate the transformation of education in this direction.

The workshop is the result of a partnership between the ISSS Curating Emergence for Thrivability Special Integration Group (the CET SIG) and Global Education Futures. It will be conducted as a series of participatory dialogues using widely and lesser known formats such as World Café and Rapid Foresight. Participants are asked to co-create, discuss, and share – rather than to only listen and ask.

Part 1 of the workshop will be held as a pre-conference event on Sunday, August 2, 2015, from 2pm until 6pm. During this session, the main content for discussion will be co-created by the participant group, including mapping of existing & future challenges, identifying skills for systemic thriving in the Anthropocene, and developing recommendations for education systems and policy makers. We will also establish ‘systemic challenge’ questions that may impede realization of these ideas – and we will address these systemic challenges during Part 2 of our workshop. The workshop will be open and free to all attendees.

Part 2 of the workshop will be held during the ISSS conference on Thursday, August 6, from 4pm until 6pm (and will also be taken up in the running evening workshops). This part will be the Curating Emergence for Thrivability portion of the meeting, and will be open for attendance independently of Part 1 (i.e., participation in Part 2 does not require prior participation in Part 1 of the workshop). During this session, we will re-capitulate the results from the Part 1, and will jointly address the ‘systemic challenges’ that our earlier work identified. We also anticipate generating ideas for actionable initiatives that can be explored and enacted after the end of the workshop.

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Prof. Alexander Laszlo

SIG Chair: Leadership and Systemic Innovation, Instituto Tecnológico de Buenos Aires
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Pavel Luksha

pavel.luksha@gmail.com, SKOLKOVO School of Management / Global Education Futures
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Sunday August 2, 2015 14:00 - 18:00 CEST
Pine 2 Hotel Scandic Potsdamer Platz, Gabriele-Tergit-Promenade 19, 10963 Berlin

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