As your professor of Sustainable Development, Economy and Democracy you would have thought that I might at least have sat you down at the beginning of the seminar and given you a clear understanding of that oft-repeated rarely-questioned phrase “sustainable development”.
This Nathalie Nomblot brought most embarrassingly to my attention yesterday when we were struggling to find a good topic for her Quick Report, which I had usefully (!) suggested she might write on “sustainable development” and “something else” (her choice). To which she energetically wrote back: “In one sentence, could you please give me your definition of Sustainable Development? That would help!”
“Big Data” is a term referring to all the massive amount of information with which people can work in this 21st Century. It is fundamentally different from the casual denomination of “simple” or “historic” data because there is such a huge mass of information generated with Big Data that normal tools of treatment cannot deal with it. This change in the data itself is due to the technological revolution we call “digitalization”.
Ms. Poliukhovych is the first person from this year’s promotion to submit her term pepper in fulfillment of the condition of the course. Her title: Feminism and Sustainable Development in the Ukraine. Below you will find an excerpt from an early section of the report which deals with the history of the women’s movement in her country. The full report will be available here at the same time the others are finalized (by or before 9 July)
My name is Iryna Poliukhovych (23 years old). I am originally from Ukraine but during last 6 years, I am living and studying in Poland (Warsaw). I am an Erasmus student. I have done my bachelors degree in International Relations (Warsaw Management University) speciality Foreign Commerce. I am currently doing my master degree in Economics (Lazarski University) speciality Business in Eastern Markets. I have worked for AXA insurance company before I came to study at ISG in Paris. I speak Ukrainian, Russian and Polish fluently; English (trying to improve).
My expectations from IMBA course was to acquire new skills. Get knowledge of business theory and how to use this knowledge in the real commercial world. Improve my leadership skills and understand my strengths during the learning process and what skills should I improve. Get the priceless experience and knowledge that results from interacting with students and professors from around the world. Become more open-minded, creative and easy adaptive to a rapidly changing business world.
1. First: Make sure you are in http://sustain.ecoplan.org (or https://sustainabiltyseminar.wordpress.com, same thing.)
2. Course blog”: Go to top right column and click the slot where it says “* Click for free subscription. At that point you will be sent a welcoming informing you see that you are “following the log along with xx “amazing people” (their words, not mine ;- ). Since we are working on such a compressed timetable, I suggest you sign up for the daily updates.
Master Class: 9-11 June 2016. (Grade credit: 60% – includes all required written submittals)
Location: ISG, 8, rue de Lota 75116 Paris
Final paper: (Grade credit: 40%)
Due on or before 30 June 2016
The seminar takes place over three consecutive eight-hour days, opening each morning at 09:00 sharp, with a one hour break for lunch and then to go on to 18:00. The classes will take place at the Institut Supérieur de Gestion, 8, rue de Lota 75116 Paris. (See map.)
The seminar is organized in six four-hour sessions: from 09:00 to 13:00, and from 14:00 to 18:00. You will find the main topics of each session indicated in the following. Detailed agenda for each session will be distributed, discussed and finalized during the course of the first session on Thursday morning, thus giving each student a chance to make their voice heard and help shape the agenda. Sustainable development requires first class communication and team work; so we might as well start here.
Registered students are asked to prepare:
1, Short bio note with your background, country of origin, language(s), education to date and current/eventual career expectations or hopes – 100-200 words, with photo please.
2. Paragraph or so giving your first definition/understanding of sustainable development, and finally a
3. Short statement setting out your reasons for signing up and well as your expectations, hopes for the course (A paragraph or so will do).
Sustainability starts with each of us. So in that spirit each member of the class is asked to calculate their own ecological footprint, and then in a round table presentation report it and comment in less than five minutes. A reasonable starting point for background is the WP entry at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ecological_footprint, which you are invited to read and eventually comment.
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”?
The 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.
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.
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