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Balancing between freedom and responsibility

Victoria W. Thoresen PERL project manager


  • -using the limited resources of the world more carefully

    • ***

  • -choosing between existing paths of development

  • ***

  • contributing to the creation of different approaches, new paradigms and broader definitions of growth and prosperity


  • 1. Reticence to recognize that values and ethics form the foundation for responsible living, for consumer citizenship, for the responses that are needed in face of climate change and social inequity


    2. Unwillingness on the part of many researchers, educators and policy makers to focus on the intricate inter-linkages and interrelatedness of climate change and development issues


    3. Doubt that creativity coupled with solidarity can provide the future with viable alternatives to the ways we live today


    4. Fear that education for sustainable consumption might usurp or undermine education for sustainable development


    Those with true vision are those who not only see the mountain, but also what is behind it.


    scientific investigation

    and

    an active social learning process


    “…learning which flows naturally into direct community engagement.

    An exercise in anticipatory democracy”


    Life Cycle Analysis

    Social life cycle assessment

    Life quality analysis


    Macro-structuralchanges

    (internationalagreements and standards, nationalpolicies,

    taxes ,laws, controls, etc )

    Infra-structuralchanges

    (localpolicies, resources, curricula)

    Research

    Information

    Collaboration and co-operation

    (acrossdisciplines, between

    producers and consumers,

    withincommunities)

    Communication

    Education

    Identificationof fundamental principles

    Examplesofsocialinnovation

    Collective and individualencouragement


    • create online communication platforms

    • share examples of social innovation

    • develop toolkits for active learning about ESC

    • make videos and other teaching materials

    • promote regional networks and relevant projects

    • prepare and implement think tanks, seminars,

    • workshops and conferences…..


    Balancing between freedom and responsibility

    Freedom to express oneself (where and when hindrances no longer exist)

    Freedom of choice (when there are things to choose from)

    Freedom from social and economic injustice


    Balancing between freedom and responsibility

    Responsibility to others,

    Responsibility towards Nature,

    Responsibility for the generations of the future


    Mahatma Gandhi preached about seven “social sins”:

    1. Politics without principles

    2. Commerce without morality

    3. Wealth without work

    4. Education without character

    5. Science without humanity

    6. Pleasure without conscience

    7. Worship without sacrifice


    • Moving from the freedom of indifference

    • to the responsibility of involvement


    Thank you!


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