Schumacher College is hosting residential postgraduate and short-course study in radical economic thinking, activism and entrepreneurship through Economics in Transition.
Prepare yourself to be a leader in the low carbon, high well-being, resilient and equitable economy of the future, in a programme that delivers both inner and outer transition. Applications are due April 30th for September 2014.
Ranging from weekends to six month programmes, short courses bring together leading international thinkers, activists and practitioners, in a unique brand of small-group transformative learning experiences. With a focus on interactive and participatory learning, we offer the practical skills and strategic thinking required to face the ecological, economic and social challenges of the 21st Century.
The Architectural League of New York is hosting a lecture by British Ecological Economist Tim Jackson in New York on April 24.
Tim Jackson will speak about the shifting paths for achieving prosperity in our lives and discuss the changing relationship between economic growth and prosperity stemming from his book, Prosperity without Growth. While economic growth was once essential in reaching our current level of development, perhaps continued growth not only sees diminishing returns, but also detracts from our present happiness and future prosperity. In a world with finite ecological limits, how do we make what we need, get it to the people who need it, and nurture what we already have? A conversation with New York Times journalist Eduardo Porter will follow Jackson’s talk.
Further information and tickets here.
Background: Founded in 1998, Earth Economics applies new economic tools and principles to meet the challenges of the 21st century: achieving the need for just and equitable communities, healthy ecosystems, and sustainable economies. We are based in Tacoma, WA and have a current staff of 15 supported by a 25-person team of advisors and interns.
For more information about Earth Economics, please visit: www.eartheconomics.org.
Earth Economics is excited to be hiring our first Director of Development and Marketing to join our senior team. Reporting to the Managing Director, the Director of Development and Marketing will be a key leadership team member, actively participating in making strategic decisions for Earth Economics.
The Development and Marketing Director will be responsible for building effective and efficient fundraising processes, as well as for organizational branding and telling the story of the importance and impact of Earth Economics’ work. We recently adopted an ambitious Long Range Plan that will require strong growth in capacity in the years ahead. Our 2014 budget anticipates approximately $2 million in revenues, and the Development and Marketing Director will ensure this target is met, while positioning the organization to ramp up revenues in subsequent years. The two primary sources of Earth Economics revenue are and will be foundation grants and fee-for-service contracts, primarily with public agencies. In addition, we anticipate developing smaller but growing revenue centers in major gifts and fee-for-service contracts with private sector entities. Salary to be commensurate with skills, experience,and ability to be successful.
Ecological Economics and Environmental Justice – Deadline for Applications March 24th, 2014
This in an interactive online course taught in English over sixteen weeks. It features lectures based on Civil Society Organizations and Environmental Justice Organization case studies across a broad range of topics, taught by well known ecological economists / political ecologists including Joan Martinez Alier, Bernardo Aguilar, Beatriz Rodriguez-Labajos and Hali Healy. It has been designed for activists interested in understanding and applying the tools of ecological economics to their work, and for researchers of the sustainability sciences interested in the real world application of the concepts and methods of ecological economics and political ecology.
Full information on the course can be found at: http://www.ejolt.org/2014/02/new-online-course-from-ejolt-subscribe-now/
- Each module is tutored by a leading researcher or practitioner of ecological economics. It consists of a recorded lecture, an assigned case study reading from the core text, and further optional readings. A key feature is the online discussion forum – a virtual classroom where trainees interact with each other and with tutors. Each module ends with the submission of a short assignment that is assessed by the module tutor. The time needed to complete a module depends on depth that students choose to go into with the materials, however a rough estimate is 10-20 hours per module.
- The course requires trainees to submit an additional final assignment in the form of a contribution to an interactive map of environmental (in)justices, along with a corresponding “factsheet”, on a particular issue they are familiar with or interested in.
- All course elements can be accessed whenever it is convenient for trainees – within the time period (one week) dedicated to each specific module. However, as the lectures cannot be downloaded and have to be watched online, a strong, reliable internet connection is a must.
The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has released a new report entitled What We Know, which aims to “present key messages for every American about climate change” as a way to hopefully show people the reality of what we’re doing to the Earth. Based on the evidence, more than 97% of climate experts have concluded that human-caused climate change is happening. What We Know helps us understand the science behind the realities, risks and response to the climate challenge.
It is not the purpose of this paper to explain why this disconnect between scientific knowledge and public perception has occurred. Nor is the initiative seeking to provide yet another extensive review of the scientific evidence for climate change. Instead, the report presents key messages for every American about climate change:
- Climate scientists agree: climate change is happening here and now. Based on well-established evidence, about 97% of climate scientists have concluded that human-caused climate change is happening.
- We are at risk of pushing our climate system toward abrupt, unpredictable, and potentially irreversible changes with highly damaging impacts.
- The sooner we act, the lower the risk and cost. And there is much we can do.
The AAAS is the world’s largest non-government general science membership organization and the executive publisher of Science, a leading scientific journal. Its mission is “advance science for the benefit of all people.” Its goals include providing a voice for science on societal issues and promoting the responsible use of science in public policy. There may be no more pressing issue intersecting science and society than climate change and the What We Know initiative was born in response to that reality.
The What We Know initiative is dedicated to ensuring that three “R’s” of climate change communicated to the public.
- The first is Reality — 97% of climate experts have concluded that human-caused climate change is happening.
- The second is Risk — that the reality of climate change means that there are climate change impacts we can expect, but we also must consider what might happen, especially the small, but real, chance that we may face abrupt changes with massively disruptive impacts.
- The third R is Response — that there is much we can do and that the sooner we respond, the better off we will be.
To guide the What We Know initiative, AAAS convened a group of prominent experts in climate science to address the fact that many Americans still erroneously believe that the scientific community is divided on the issue and that Americans are largely unaware of the full spectrum of climate risks – both what is likely to happen and what might happen — that human-caused climate change presents to Americans now and in the future. The AAAS has published a summary report with information and details.
The University of Vermont (UVM) invites applicants for a lecturer position within the Department of Community Development and Applied
Economics (CDAE) with expertise in the theory and practice of Community Development, with an emphasis on community development in the United States. Applications will be reviewed beginning March 1, 2014, but will be accepted until the position is filled. Funding has been secured for the position and the successful candidate is expected to start in the fall of 2014.
The CDAE Department is a transdisciplinary unit with its scholarly activity focused on sustainable local, regional and international communities through interdisciplinary research, education, and associated outreach. CDAE offers undergraduate majors in Community Entrepreneurship, Community and International Development, and Public Communication. We also offer a Master of Science degree in Community Development and Applied Economics, and the Master of Public Administration degree (MPA).
The full position listing is attached as a PDF: UVM_CID lecturer position and listed at www.uvmjobs.com/applicants/jsp/shared/frameset/Frameset.jsp?time=1395339118151
Sustainability Science Congress 2014
Global Challenges: Achieving Sustainability
Copenhagen, Denmark from October 22nd – 24th 2014
The call for abstracts has just opened for the international congress on sustainability science. The congress calls for much more than natural scientists discussing climate change – we are calling on the humanities, social scientists, and experts from various disciplines and businesses to address global challenges together and work toward sustainable solutions.
Visit http://sustainability.ku.dk/iarucongress2014/ for more information and to submit an abstract in sustainability science.
Abstract submission is open until March 31st, 2014