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.
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 we hope 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. For example . . .
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.
- 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
On the assumption that your plans may not have you in Brussels on Monday in time to join the meeting, but that you are nonetheless interested to follow the event and what might come out of it, this is an invitation for you to join the event as an “auditor”. In this capacity, all you need to do is sign in here and let us know of your interest. You will then receive the latest version of the brainstorming piece as will be discussed during the peer review session, working notes and observations of the participants, and a copy of the final wrap up report about a week later with, hopefully, a certain number of followup steps or proposals. This will also give you an opportunity for comments and critical views which will be shared with the participants and other auditors (if we have your permssiion to do so).
This section will be introduced and integrated into the main library resources. In the meantime you have it here if raw form Still however very useful as we build our knowledge in this challenging and contradictory field.
Bearing in mind that this is a course without a textbook or two to feed your reading and guide the discussions, we have turned instead to the web and more specifically in this section to the Wikipedia for a certain number of introductory pieces, as sources of useful first information on concepts, terms, phenomena and forces, many of which have a role in shaping the environment of the next decade (the scope of this seminar) and beyond (the scope of someone else’s).
Uses and limits of Wikipedia and other Wikis
The entries need to be treated with caution of course, but in many cases they make a good first-stop shop when you are looking into a topic area for the first time. You can think of them as a first-stop shop for researchers, journalists, students and the generally curious citizen. First-stop, but not last-stop shop. OK?
In fact a certain number of them are exceptionally good as introductions and provide references and links for those who wish to go further (an excellent and perhaps a bit surprising example is the entry on Design). But again, it’s just a start.