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 we hope you may find useful.
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. For example . . .
Some issues/clues to ponder
- Climate: Hard truths
- Corruption, cronyism
- Is it already too late? (For what?)
- Self-regulation vs. Governance
- Defense strategies
- Full cost pricing
- Cost/benefit analysis: Facts and shortcomings
- The circular economy
- The role of women
- CSR – Corporate social responsibility
- The One Percent
- 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? In your country? In your own choices and behavior?
- 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/France. Protection 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
Cambodia. Deforestation in Cambodia
Chile. Fair Trade: Sustainable Development or Good Business
Chile. Planning a Public Bicycle Project for Santiago Chile
Chile. Wind Power proposal for Santiago de Chile
Chile. Environmental Consulting To Chilean Higher Education Institutions
Colombia. Raising Awareness In The Population Of Neiva Colombia
Colombia. Financial Sector and Sustainable Development in Colombia
Colombia. Education and Financial Culture in Colombia
Colombia: Yellow Taxi vs. Uber in Bogotá
France. Water 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
Greece: Auto-Share: A Carshare Start-up for Greece
Israel. Better Place project and its expansion in Israel
Italy. The Music Industry in the Digital Age
Japan. Planning a Carsharing Start-up in Tokyo
South Korea. Korea’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?
Lebanon. Beyond 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
Turkey. Establishing a recycling facility in Gaziantep
USA. Billions Daily Affected By Water Crisis: HSBC Water Programme
USA. Assessing Irrigation Projects compatibility with Sustainable development
Vietnam. Automotive 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
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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 .