Update: Progress report and follow-up of 21 March 2015

Let’s see if this can help you catch up on this lasts stages of your work and learning experience on our challenging topic. Let’s start if we can all see where things stand with the course today.

  1. Progress report: The following summarizes the assignments I have received from you and posted to our site thus far. It may well be that I have not received and posted some of these.  If you can see that I have missed something from you on this chart, please let me have your latest and best submittals. My error will be corrected. Thank you

Class progress 21mar14

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Update: Assignments received as of 12:00 17 March

It may be that you have sent in one or more of these items but they have somehow got lost in the process. Please do not hesitate to send on again, and they will be immediately updated. Again, to check your latest status at any time, you can click your name under * * ASSIGNMENTS, * Completed assignments to date

And if your time and interest permits please review your entries and make sure that your assignments fully respond to the challenge as set out in the class and here on this site.


Submitted - 17 March 2015

Monday, 16 March. Quick Weekly Update and Checklist


  1. Complete four short assignments — Profile, Footprint, Notable Figures, Key Terms.
  2. Check to see if you are up to date: Top menu, ASSIGNMENTS, Completed Assignments To Date, Your Name
  3. Feedback: Make an effort to follow the work of the others via (a) Sign in to our site for automatic updates; (b) Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SDED.dialogues; (c) LinkedIn at http://goo.gl/psv6Ad
  4. Complete and submit final report/essay.

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Our Collaborative Book Project — and why this year we want to research and write critical essays and not the usual “term papers”

– Professor Eric Britton, Lyon, 15 March 2015

Our Book: “ISG 2015 Reflects on Sustainable Development, Economy & Democracy”

this is a proposal for a plan of privately publishing our final written submittals for this year’s seminar in the form of a volume containing each individual contribution, together with an introduction by your professor.  The provisional working title will be “The ISG IMBA Class of 2015 Reflects on Sustainable Development, Economy and Democracy”. (We will surely be able to do better than that working title upon reflection, but this at least gives us a start.)

ISG 2015 group photo 1 - ladies

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99 Sustainability Concepts and Key Terms you will do well to become familiar with

magnifying glassIt is obviously impossible in three short days, even of eight hard hours each, that the members of our seminar can become familiar with the long list of concepts which follow (and which of course do not even starts to empty out the full vocabulary which is necessary to master in order to move from observer to actor on the sustainable development scene).  However the list gives us a good starting point and during the course of the lectures and discussions every effort was made to introduce and discuss a number of these terms.

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Toward Sustainable Development: Defining Figures

People whose work advances the frontier of knowledge in our field and whose contributions (and character) you should know something about.

brain2Sustainable 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 imperfectly 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, though their contributions and unusual character, collectively defining the field.  With  all the necessary contradictions that entails.

The one-click references you find here 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.

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