* A running start on our topic

Intro to SD course - COlumbia

While we are getting ready for our intensive three-day graduate ISG seminar  in June — on what has to be THE greatest challenge of the international agenda of this century —  let me invite you to see how my colleagues Professor Jeffery Sachs handles some of this in his much longer three week introductory course at Columbia University,

This course, “Introduction to Sustainable Development” is intended to give  an understanding of the key challenges and pathways to sustainable development – that is, economic development that is also socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable.

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* Final report guidelines

hand pen computer guidelinesThe seminar paper accounts for fully half of your final grade in this course.  The way in which you present it is important and in the following we set out the standards and details of presentation that we expect will be rigorously adhered to.

Once you have absorbed the following, I invite you to have a close look at the section on Bibliographic Referencing and Citation, to which you can link  here.

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Why are all these people in all these places reading SDED?

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Recent SDED Visitors Map – as per 3 July 2014

What you have here is a modest shared public educational platform being run with close to zero resources, all while looking at  a very arcane and generally muddy area of public policy and practice.  As it happens it is being consulted more often than we would have guessed at first (since our goal was in fact to provide supporting information and guidance for the SDED Master Classes). Yet on any given day anywhere from a dozen to well more than 100 people may check into the site.  Ten leading countries s in order: France, USA, UK. India, Poland, Taiwan, Israel, Sweden, Uganda and Iceland.

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Toward Sustainable Development: Defining Figures

Sustainable development, the topic of our seminar, is pure concept.  It is not a “fact” as such; it is rather an ongoing and ever shifting interpretation of an planet sustainability esl-educationimperfectly understood complex system. And as such it is defined by human minds.  To get the ball rolling on this important aspect of the sustainability phenomenon here you have a very personal and very incomplete  list of a number of the people who in my view are collectively defining the field.  With  all the necessary contradictions that entails.  The one-click references are in each case to Wikipedia, and are presented as only a starting point to understand  the contributions that these splendid people are making to our more than challenging topic.

Any such listing will ultimately be very personal, even if it has been carried out by a committee, which was definitely not the case here. I have developed this particular personal pantheon of independent  thinkers, writers and doers who in my view have been among the leading influences in the move over the last half century from (a) a world not giving much attention to the broader implications of our collective choices and actions, to (b) the one that we live in today where we are at long last starting to become more aware that much of what we do, or make done, actually does impact on the future our small planet and others in many and often drastic ways.

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Source Materials

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