ISG: Term Paper topics in a collaborative environment

The term paper is the heart of the course and the learning process behind it. We ask you to start organizing your thinking on this even before you come into the seminar the first time on Thursday morning. The present website is content rich and sets out a number of clues and ideas for this that you may find useful.
ISG 2015 group photo 2 - left side

And to the extent that this is agreeable to you, we would like to ask you at the very least to consider having at least some of the report dealing with ideas concerning the relationship between sustainable development and the problems, attitudes and opportunities within your own country. This however is your choice, so now let us get on with this short list, which in point of fact represent the curiosity of your professor who is curious to have the benefit of your thoughts on these topics

  • IPCC
  • Is it already too late? (For what?)
  • Self-regulation vs. Governance
  • Defense strategies
  • Externalities
  • Full cost pricing
  • Cost/benefit analysis: Facts and shortcomings
  • Dematerializing the telephone
  • Is Amazon sustainable?
  • The circular economy
  • CSR – Corporate social responsibility
  • The One Percent
  • Occupy
  • Carbon tax (by any name)
  • Tobin tax
  • Moore’s Law and Sustainable Development
  • Who will be first to go around the corner?
  • What countries as sure to disappear in your expected life time (say up to the last decade of this century)?
  • Whose behaviour do we need to change?
  • Who rejects the concept of sustainable development and why?
  • And . . . World demographics, Zetabytes, Open Systems, Fail often/fail early, Technology, World Government, Democracy, Greed, Gini coefficients, China, Equity, Sharing economy, Gender balance and female leadership, Equity

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Past Seminar Final Reports

In addition to the above, you have here  a simple listing of topics chosen by members of the seminar over the last several years. (as I look at it I am really quite impressed with their choices and by the hard work they put into their challenge.)

Australia/FranceProtection Of The Great Barrier Reef Of Australia

Belgium. Rent-a-roof: A sustainable business model using renewable energy

Brazil.   Recycling: Subserving the Selective Collection

Byelorussia. The United States/China Renewable Energy Trade Dispute

CambodiaDeforestation in Cambodia

Chile.   Fair Trade: Sustainable Development or Good Business

ChilePlanning a Public Bicycle Project for Santiago Chile

        ChileWind Power proposal for Santiago de Chile

Chile.  Environmental Consulting To Chilean Higher Education Institutions

ColombiaRaising Awareness In The Population Of Neiva Colombia

        ColombiaFinancial Sector and Sustainable Development in Colombia

ColombiaEducation and Financial Culture in Colombia

Colombia:  Yellow Taxi vs. Uber in Bogotá

FranceWater Crisis in the World

France.   ISO 14001 certification for a French company

France.  Grenelle de l’environnement

France“Eco-Friendly” Strategies are not (always) so Sustainable

Gabon..  Implementing Photovoltaic Energy In Gabon

Ghana.   Harmony, Sustainable Development and Curbing Corruption In Third World Countries

GreeceAuto-Share: A Carshare Start-up for Greece

IsraelBetter Place project and its expansion in Israel

ItalyThe Music Industry in the Digital Age

JapanPlanning a Carsharing Start-up in Tokyo

South KoreaKorea’s Green Growth Strategy & Case study – Based on Samsung SDI

South Korea.  Does Rapid Growth and Economic Well-Being Bring about Happiness in South Korea?

LebanonBeyond Social Marketing

The Netherlands.  Using global warming as vector of growth for The Netherlands

Nigeria.  The Electrification of Africa (The Borloo Initiative)

Panama.   The Rise And Fall Of Better Place

Romania Sustainable Development in Romania.

        Romania.  Challenges In Rural Development In Romania

Russia.   Sustainable Development In The Fashion Industry

Senegal.  Sustainable Development: Water development in Senegal

Tunisia. Women and Sustainable Development: Achievements and Recognition

Turkey   What Is The Position About Sustainable Development  in Turkey

TurkeyEstablishing a recycling facility in Gaziantep

USA.   Billions Daily Affected By Water Crisis: HSBC Water Programme

USA. Assessing Irrigation Projects compatibility with Sustainable development

VietnamAutomotive And Sustainable Development

Vietnam.   Wealth Disparity In Vietnam

 This listing needs to be updated to include the 2014 topics

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Learning from each other

Now that you have an idea about the wide array of topics that the students hove chosen for their term paper, another point that may be worth bringing in here, is the extent to which these papers serve for cross-learning purposes. Each student presents their project plan twice during the course of the three-day seminar. On the morning of Day 2, an outline plan and work program which is presented to the class and then discussed and critiqued by the other students.

And then on the third and last day, each student makes a presentation o a more detailed work plan which in part is a result of the class review and suggestions on the preceding day.

In this way, each student has an opportunity to learn from the others, and also to be a good team player. And what can I tell you, the team work is exemplary and the experience is a full one for them, individually and collectively.

ISG Class of 2013

ISG class 2013 - 2

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Eric Britton
9, rue Gabillot, 69003 Lyon France

Bio: Britton is an American political scientist and sustainability activist who has lived and worked in Paris since 1969. Professor of Sustainable Development, Economy and Democracy at the Institut Supérieur de Gestion (Paris), he is also MD of EcoPlan Association, an independent advisory network providing strategic counsel for government and business on policy and decision issues involving complex systems, social-technical change and sustainable development. Founding editor of World Streets, his latest book, "BETTER CHOICES: Bringing Sustainable Transport to Your City" focuses on the subject of environment, equity, economy and efficiency in city transport and public space, and helping governments to ask the right questions. A pre-publication edition of Better Choices is currently undergoing an international peer review during Sept.- Oct. 2017, with the goal of publication in English and Chinese editions by end-year. If you wish to participate drop a line to BetterChoices@ecoplan.org .

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