Although they’re located on opposite sides of the planet and have very different cultures and customs, the Netherlands and Taiwan have plenty in common. Both are roughly the same size, are densely populated, and see the Circular Economy as an emergent guiding light for economic and environmental policy.
Both the Netherlands and Taiwan are fortunate to have the resources to make big steps. The Netherlands’ environmental efforts have been recognized as being more successful thus far, ranking 36th in the 2016 Yale University Environmental Performance Index (EPI), compared with Taiwan’s 60th. But the EPI primarily measures how a country is doing on environmental metrics like air quality, forest management, etc., and doesn’t account for things like the activities of companies or the “resource footprint” of cities, which are equally significant.
Both countries are taking a leading role on circularity domestically, with numerous initiatives from government and the private sector aimed at encouraging circular urban planning, reducing and reusing waste flows, and stimulating green energy.

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scratching-headThis for-credit graduate course is proposed as a collaborative learning process which combines the usual classroom sessions with a somewhat ambitious internet support platform, the goal of which is to explore the topic of Sustainable Development, Economy & Democracy with a class of graduate IMBA students of the Institut Supérieur de Gestion in Paris. The classes are conducted in a round table setting, with full computer and communications support for all participants. Students are required to participate in a selection of assignments in the week prior to the actual seminar, and have to the end of the month  to prepare and submit  a term paper.

  • If you click to you will be taken to all of the postings and various instructions intended to prepare you to get best value out of the 2016 ISG seminar. If you work your way through these you will be fully prepared  and ready to go  as we sit down together to try to understand one of the world’s most complex and pressing challenges, starting  at 09:00 on Day 1, 9 June 2018. Continue reading

* Finding your way

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1. First: Make sure you are in (or, 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.

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* Course strategy

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Sustainable Development, Economy and Democracy in three short days? Instead of the usual full semester at the university with weekly lectures, heavy reading, extensive class discussions, working papers, visiting speakers, tea with your professor, and the rest. With one full week between classes for all that extensive preparatory work to be done each time. But that is not our case here. It’s 2015 and the dynamics of life, learning and work are not standing still. We need a strategy for our time.

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* Schedule and Work Plan

Work Plan - man figure and listSchedule:

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

Course organization

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.

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* Tell us who you are and what you expect

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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).  

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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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