Das YES Lab kommt wieder in die Schweiz. Von Sonntag, den 07. Februar, bis Samstag, den 20. Februar, lernen, diskutieren und vernetzen sich rund 25 Studierende und erfolgreiche Berufsstarter aus 15 Ländern in Seewis/GR und Zürich. Nach diesen zwei Wochen profitieren sie vom grossen, weltweit aktiven YES Alumni-Netzwerk.

Source: YES Lab Schweiz 2016 – Schweizer Inspiration für eine nachhaltige und weltweit erfolgreiche Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft

This PhD course explores the relationship between adaptation and transformation, two concepts that are key to understanding societal responses to climate change. It is organized by the University of Oslo and Future Earth Norway.

Source: PhD summer course: Climate Change Adaptation and Transformations towards Sustainability | Future Earth

We live in a world shadowed by the ongoing climate change crisis. This crisis is often conveyed using numbers and figures – rather than stories of human experiences. The changes proposed are often focused on economic or technological solutions – rather than moral or psychological aspects. Very little is said about the need to question our lifestyles, worldviews and relationships with the more-than-human world, in our response to climate change.

This is the third time The Sigtuna Foundation and CEMUS come together to host the Climate Existence conference. With this undertaking, we wish to create a transdisciplinary conversation that challenges how we talk and think about our role as humans in an era of climate change and ecological unravelling. 

The conference will also be an exploration of the interface between the worlds of academia and art, inviting a wide range of contributions that open up new ways of relating to the predicament we find ourselves in.

In short: We want to address how the current climate crisis relates to what is at the very core of our existence: to consider Climate Existence.

Source: Program – ClimateExistence Conference 2016 April 6-8 in Sigtuna

How great would it be if we could better understand our own and the society’s creativity potential, in order to stimulate and incubate it – for greater output, performance, and happiness in solving our pressing problems in the world!?

Vibrant Data Labs with Eric L. Berlow and colleagues just published the “Hacking Creativity” project, supported by Red Bull. It shows the largest empirical study on global creativity of 500+ people from the creative sectors and provides an visualization of such data using network analysis and visualization tools from complexity science.

I just took the 30 questions online survey on and can now compare myself with other creative people and their profiles:

I belong to the emerging clusters of “novelty seeker”, “optimist”, “inspired by and in nature”, and “generalist”. I get inspired by being in nature and moving around, as a kinetic person. So the walk/run/bike/ski/surf/kayak/climb in nature is what triggers my creative potential best. I can dive into the degrees of the network data and explore what helps me to become creative. Form this I can better design my days and nights to get the most out of my potential, both in terms of output but also for happiness and relaxation.

TL creative style

I took one of my university classes to undertake this survey to learn and reflect about how we can best design learning processes – more flexibility and the application of the full set of didactics are necessary.

Take your survey now and see how your creative potential can best be triggered.

In this just published “book of blogs”, an innovative publication format, the authors Tobias Luthe and Jan Silberberger report about their research on sustainability assessment in urban areas, comparing the Ecological Footprint methodology with the CIRCLE multi-criteria indicator tool:



Towards an integrative sustainability assessment approach. Link to the article:

Link to the book of blogs: Dialogues of sustainable urbanisation: Social science research and transitions to urban contexts | : Social science research and transitions to urban contexts.

Grüne Selbstständige (Teil 1):

via “Ich hatte kein Bedürfnis nach Luxus”.

Ob Umweltreferentin oder Nachhaltigkeitsbeauftragter: Jenseits der verbreiteten Suchroutinen finden sich immer wieder Beschäftigungschancen in unerwarteten Nischen – vorausgesetzt, man weiß, wonach man sucht.


Ob in der Beratung von Umweltverbänden, in Stadtverwaltungen oder in der Forschung: Umweltwissenschaftlerinnen und Umweltwissenschaftler sind in den unterschiedlichsten Branchen zu finden. Rund zwei Millionen Arbeitsplätze hat es im Jahr 2010 im engeren Bereich des Umweltschutzes gegeben.

Zu dieser Zahl kam eine Studie, die das Deutsche Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung im Auftrag des Bundesumweltministeriums und des Umweltbundesamtes durchgeführt hat. Veröffentlicht wurden die Ergebnisse unter dem Titel „Beschäftigungswirkungen des Umweltschutzes in Deutschland im Jahr 2010“, herausgegeben vom Umweltbundesamt.

Seit dem Jahr 2002 ist die Zahl der Arbeitsplätze rund um das Wirkungsgebiet des Umweltschutzes somit um fast eine halbe Million angestiegen, und auch weiterhin wird ein gegenüber der Gesamtwirtschaft überproportionales Beschäftigungswachstum erwartet. Die meisten der Beschäftigten, nämlich rund 1,2 Millionen Menschen, seien im Jahr 2010 im Bereich der umweltschutzorientierten Dienstleistungen tätig gewesen. Ein Großteil von ihnen, über 116.400 Personen, haben in der Land- und Forstwirtschaft gearbeitet, gefolgt von den Bereichen Bergbau und verarbeitendes Gewerbe sowie der Energie- und Wasserversorgung. Mehr…via Grüne Nischen | Wissenschaftsladen Bonn.


New publication by Tobias Luthe and Romano Wyss in Sustainability Science


While ecological resilience is conceptually established, resilience concepts of social–ecological systems (SES) require further development, especially regarding their implementation in society. From the literature, (a) we identify the need for a revised conceptualization of SES resilience to improve its understanding for informing the development of adjusted mental models. (b) We stress the human capacity of social learning, enabling deliberate transformation of SES, for example of SES to higher scales of governance, thereby possibly increasing resilience. (c) We introduce the metaphor of adaptive waves to elucidate the differences between resilience planning and adaptation, by conceptualizing adaptation and transformation as dynamic processes that occur both inadvertently and deliberately in response to both shocks and to gradual changes. In this context, adaptive waves stress the human and social capacity to plan resilience with an intended direction and goal, and to dampen the negative effects of crises while understanding them as opportunities for innovation. (d) We illustrate the adaptive waves’ metaphor with three SES cases from tourism, forestry, and fisheries, where deliberate transformations of the governance structures lead to increased resilience on a higher governance scale. We conclude that conceptual SES resilience communication needs to clarify the role and potential of human and social capital in anticipating change and planning resilience, for example, on different scales of governance. It needs to emphasize the crucial importance of crises for innovation and transformation, relevant for the societal acceptance of crises as drivers of adaptation and transformation. The adaptive waves’ metaphor specifically communicates these aspects and may enhance the societal capacity, understanding, and willingness for planning resilience.


Introducing adaptive waves as a concept to inform mental models of resilience – Online First – Springer.


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