New Nature Writing: a force for sustainability and the common good? | Blog by Ian Christie and Kate Oakley
Can Nature Writing be a force for saving what we wish to conserve and carry on loving, and to hand on to future generations? Can it be a contribution to the political and social movements for a re-imagination of the good life, of sustainable prosperity? Taking seriously the claims of art to enable us to imagine other futures, CUSP is launching a call for entries for a new nature writing project: Nature Writing for the Common Good.
Navigating social and commercial objectives in social enterprise | Workshop w Co-Creation Hub Lagos, 25 Apr 2019
Running your own business is hard, but it can be especially difficult for people who want to set up a social enterprise, aimed at having a positive impact on people and the planet. How is this done, and how do you get over the tension between commercial and social objectives? In this workshop with the American Corner at the Co-Creation Hub Lagos, we draw on our research to give attendees the tools to understand the tensions they face, and how they can find a way to navigate through this.
Vacancy | Policy Manager at Aldersgate Group
Our co-investigators at the Aldersgate Group are looking for a policy manager to join the team and lead their vital policy work on green finance, climate, energy, resource efficiency and natural capital, working i.a. with us on the Finance for the Future theme. Closing date for applications is 15 April 2019, 5pm BST.
Reason Matters | CUSP Newsletter March 2019
For those of you wondering why politics has become so fractious and warlike, we’re delighted to introduce Will Davies' new book on Nervous States: Democracy and the Decline of Reason. Will has also been busy expanding our series of philosophical essays on the Morality of Sustainable Prosperity. Social justice is central to CUSP advisor committee member, Katherine Trebeck, and Jeremy William’s new book on the Economics of Arrival which we’ll be helping them launch on 13th May...
Who Will Sustain Sustainable Prosperity? | Essay by Miriam Ronzoni
Challenges to sustainable prosperity cannot be addressed successfully through a top-down approach when this enjoys no political support, nor will simply letting people take care of their own environment do the trick. The problem requires us, instead, to appreciate the negative externalities we impose on distant, unknown others and to be politically motivated by the aim to avoid that.
Sustainability—Paradigms, Models, Scenarios and Practices | Call for Papers
CUSP co-investigator Prof Peter Victor has joined the Scientific Committee for an upcoming symposium on: ‘Paradigms, Models, Scenarios and Practices for more Sustainability‘ (4–6 Dec 2019, Clermont-Ferrand, France). The international conference has set out to critically examine the notions of sustainability and sustainable development. Abstracts are invited in English or French.
Green Stories Writing: How writers are imagining a greener future | Guest blog by Denise Baden
Research by Dr Denise Baden shows that solution based stories, or stories that smuggle in green ideas/characters in the context of an otherwise mainstream story are more likely to inspire greener behaviours than catastrophic tales of climate change. In her guest blog, she summarises some of her findings, and is putting them into the context of the first output of a green stories writing competition she led last year.
Growing and Grown-up Economies: The Economics of Arrival | Book launch, London 13 May 2019
In their book 'The Economics of Arrival: ideas for a grown up economy', Dr Katherine Trebeck and Jeremy Williams suggest that growth leads to a point of ‘arrival’, where the work of growth is done and its continued pursuit brings mounting harm. New priorities emerge—a shift from acquiring more to making ourselves at home with what we already have. Join the authors for a short presentation, followed by a discussion on the legitimacy of growth with Tim Jackson and Irene Guijt.
Nervous States: Democracy and the Decline of Reason | By Will Davies
Why do we no longer trust experts, facts and statistics? Why has politics become so fractious and warlike? What caused the populist political upheavals of recent years? How can the history of ideas help us understand our present? In this far-reaching exploration of our new political landscape, CUSP co-investigator Will Davies reveals how feelings have come to reshape our world.
Creative Economy: Critical Perspectives | Workshop, Glasgow—1 Mar 2019
Though the creative economy remains a powerful idea in policy circles, concerns about inequality, worker exploitation and the promotion of over-consumption have begun to grow. This one-day workshop looks at some of these concerns, but also at the potential for arts and culture to help us think through these issues and re-frame a more sustainable and human creative economy.
Critical Perspectives | CUSP Newsletter February 2018
Our early engagements include a keynote presentation at the Bank of England, a seminar in Treasury and an ‘evening of ideas’ with Nicholas Hulot. The intensity of the debate certainly hasn’t declined: a forthright exchange with Michael Liebreich was facilitated by the BBC. There are several new journal papers and book chapters to explore, and a new report on our engagement work on sustainable investment. We were particularly delighted to host the London launch for Peter Victor’s revised edition of Managing without Growth, which features our collaborative work modelling a low-growth economy for Canada.
Helping the dairy processing sector go ‘green’
CUSP Co-Investigator Angela Druckman, along with her Surrey colleagues Devendra Saroj from Civil and Environmental Engineering and Rosie Cole of Surrey Business School, have supported Food Forward Ltd in a successful funding bid.
Hugh Montefiore and our present moment | Blog by Richard Douglas
The hypothesis Richard Douglas is investigating in his CUSP research is that political resistance to environmentalism stems in part from a defence of modern ideas of infinity. The notion that there are inescapable limits to material progress, he argues, threatens the modern faith in humanity’s ability to control its own fate and journey into an unbounded future.
Managing Without Growth—Slower by Design, Not Disaster (2nd edition) | By Peter Victor
Revised second edition of Peter Victor's influential book. Human economies are overwhelming the regenerative capacity of the planet, this book explains why long-term economic growth is infeasible, and why, especially in advanced economies, it is also undesirable. Simulations developed with Tim Jackson, show that managing without growth is a better alternative.
Investment for a sustainable and inclusive economy—Proposed changes to UK law | Report
Delivering an effective investment industry has been largely delegated by politicians to regulatory bodies, on the assumption that the measures needed have little relevance to wider social and economic issues. Charles Seaford argues that this assumption is false, and that politicians could usefully consider what may have been seen as purely technocratic issues.
The Politics of Selection | Journal Paper by Daniel Hausknost and Willi Haas
Institutions for transformative innovation need to improve the capacities of complex societies to make binding decisions in politically contested fields, a new journal paper by CUSP researcher Daniel Hausknost and his colleague Willi Haas argues, proposing the design of novel institutions that integrate expert knowledge with processes of public deliberation and democratic decision-making.
The Paradox of Social Impact Measurement | Seminar w Pablo Munoz, London 27 Feb 2019
Regardless of the established limitations of rendering social phenomenon reliably knowable through measurement, the institutional excitement surrounding social impact is considered to rest upon the capacity to measure and assess its progress. To better understand how social impact can be reliably known, Pablo Munoz and his colleagues study how actors in a pre-rationalized industry understand social impact, and deal with the arrival of measures for social impact.
System Dynamics Modelling | Workshop, Cambridge 24 Jan 2019
On 24th January, CUSP and the GSI are hosting a workshop on systems dynamics. This will include a presentation by Prof. Jørgen Randers on his new Earth4 global model. The workshop will explore challenges in global and regional systems dynamic modelling of economic, social and environmental systems and in particular we will be looking at some of the challenges encountered in building Earth4.