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Balancing between freedom and responsibility

Victoria W. Thoresen PERL project manager

  • -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 mountain, but also what is behind it.


    an active social learning process

    “…learning which flows naturally into direct community engagement.

    An exercise in anticipatory democracy”

    Life Cycle Analysis engagement.

    Social life cycle assessment

    Life quality analysis

    Macro-structural engagement.changes

    (internationalagreements and standards, nationalpolicies,

    taxes ,laws, controls, etc )


    (localpolicies, resources, curricula)



    Collaboration and co-operation

    (acrossdisciplines, between

    producers and consumers,




    Identificationof fundamental principles


    Collective and individualencouragement

    • create online communication platforms engagement.

    • 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 engagement.

    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 engagement.

    Responsibility to others,

    Responsibility towards Nature,

    Responsibility for the generations of the future

    Mahatma Gandhi preached about seven “social sins”: engagement.

    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

    Thank you! engagement.