* 99 Sustainability Concepts and Key Terms you will do well to become familiar with (Quick Reports)

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It 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 start 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 will be made to introduce and discuss a number of these terms.

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Mouhamadou Ba on Dematerialization

Mobile telephone 1995

Mobile telephone 1995

Dematerialization is basically reducing the material base in a given product. For example, in a car, using less material to built it. It would be like out of a 2.7 tons car, built another one that would weigh 1.5 tons. In term of Sustainability it is quite relevant as those materials have their own footprint. By using then less, it help to reduce the footprint.

Therefore, companies nowadays apply dematerialization as in using technologies and data processing instead of archiving in paper. So, the process of changing from paper basis activities like accountability and such to a more data saving process is dematerialization.

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Joy Jan on Car Free Days (v.2)

Car Free Day on hanger  I.            Introduction

Car Free Day is an international event celebrated every September 22 in which people are encouraged to get around without cars, this process aims to promote the use of mass transit (train, bus), bicycling or walking. This project provide motorists and commuters with an idea of what their town would look like with less cars on the street; the event varies in different localities. In the past, projects like this were proposed as solution to temporary problems on a time to time basis, starting with the 1973 oil crisis. On October 1994 in a speech by Eric Britton at the International Ciudades Accessibles (Accessible Cities) Conference held in Toledo Spain where he defined a more structured concept to this project. Today, Car Free Day is organized in various cities around the world; it is celebrated in 1,650 cities in 52 countries.

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Joy Jan on Car Free Days

Car Free Day on hangerCar Free Day is an international event celebrated every September 22 in which people are encouraged to get around without cars, this process aims to promote the use of mass transit (train, bus), bicycling or walking. This project provide motorists and commuters with an idea of what their town would look like with less cars on the street; the event varies in different localities. In the past, projects like this were proposed as solution to temporary problems on a time to time basis, starting with the 1973 oil crisis. The project continued in this line until October 1994 when a more structured plan was presented in a speech by Eric Britton at the International Ciudades Accessibles (Accessible Cities) Conference held in Toledo Spain.

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Jong Ho Seo on Open Data

open dataThe term “open data” is recent due to the rise of the internet. The Internet allows data to be shared in an easier and faster fashion.

Open data is data that can be freely used, reused and redistributed by anyone without restrictions from copyright patents. The goal of open data is to make data available to anyone and reusable by anyone. A dataset must be easily accessible and available to everyone.

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Nadine Richer on Sustainability and behaviour change

How to create a sustainable future through changes in behavior & attitudes across society?

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Changes in attitudes and behaviors are fundamental to create a sustainable future. To preserve our planet, institutions, governments, industries and individual citizens must be highly involved in the process of change.

Indeed, lots of our behavior are based on unconscious decisions or ‘habits’. This means that they are ‘undeliberate’ and tricky to change. However, if we are aware of the future sustainable challenges, we can break our bad habits and replace them by good ones. Psychological research already initiated for this purpose, provides guidance for targeting automatic, instinctive behaviors.

Toward a better world

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María Angelica Mejia on Paradigm Shifts

A paradigm originally mean pattern or model, however it is a standard, perspective, or set of ideas, based in cultural ideas. A paradigm is a way of looking at something. It is the commonly accepted views about a subject, a structure of what direction research should take and how it should be performed.

Thomas KuhnThomas Kuhn was a historian and philosopher of American science, known for his contribution to the shift of philosophy and scientific sociology in the sixties. In 1962, he published the book “The structure of scientific revolutions” in which he described the evolution of basic science in a complete different point of view. Kuhn described the Paradigm as “the practices that define a scientific discipline at certain point in time”, he also said “universally recognized scientific achievements that, for a time, provide model problems and solutions for a community of researchers”

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Max Sprenger on Complex Systems

System: “a set of principles or procedures according to which something is done” (defined by Google)

Complex systems are a key element to sustainability. Problems that are difficult to solve are often hard to understand because the causes and effects are not obviously related. The field of complex systems cuts across all traditional disciplines of science, as well as engineering, management, and medicine. It is about studying the individual components, the whole and their collective behaviors.

complex systems

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Jeisson Balaguera on Wikipedia

wikipedia logoIt is a free encyclopedia that is edited by different people around the world, this is managed by a foundation resources are received by donations. It has more the thirty-seven millions of the articles in more of the two hundred eighty-seven languages.

Wikipedia is created in January of two thousand one by Jimmy Wales and Larry Sange, It has different numbers of the information distribution, for instances:  Culture and arts, Biographies and people, Geography and places, History and events, Natural sciences, Technology and applied sciences, Religions and beliefs, Health, Mathematics and logic and Philosophy.

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