* Defining Figures (Quick reports)

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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* The blind men and the sustainable development elephant

Blind men and the elephant

We all know the story about The Blind Men and the Elephant?

Fine, but do you know the one about The Blind Men and “Sustainable Development”?

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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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Final progress report and follow-up of 31 March 2015

Lyon, 31 March 2015

  1. Progress report:This is the last progress report I shall be issuing for this class.  Since our course is organized a bit differently from the others,  I hope you find the checklist useful.  You can see where you stand in terms of the assignments thus far submitted — unless of course I may have missed something which is quite possible, and in that case I would ask you to get in touch with me immediately so we can bring both our collaborative learning platform and your postings up to date.

Class progress 31mar14

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Monday, 16 March. Quick Weekly Update and Checklist

OUTSTANDING TASKS:

  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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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

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Previous Term Paper Topics

ISG class 2013 - 2One of the strongest points of these ISG Master classes is that each year the students come from such a wide range of backgrounds and places. This gives us an opportunity to share ideas and views that reflect these often considerable personal and cultural  differences and as a result, greatly enrich the learning process. Here by way of example are a selection of titles and countries of author origin of some of the previous term papers submitted in past seminars.

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