Transition Visions: Coupling Society, Well-being and Energy Systems for Transitioning to a Fossil-free Society (TransVision)
In accordance with the mission of the Contemplative Sustainable Futures Program, this project aims to provide new knowledge and critical analyses on the potential interlinkages between personal and political spheres of transformation to support sustainability outcomes at different levels (individual, collective/ organisational, and systems).
Within that context, TransVision deals with the following two questions: i) What mindsets (values, beliefs, paradigms and associated cognitive/ emotional and relational capacities) are needed to support welfare and sustainable climate action?; and ii) What is needed to enable such mindsets (learning processes, enabling factors, methods) for, ultimately, transitioning to a fossil-free society? Focus is on the role of citizens as key agents of change for sustainability and climate action.
Research partners: Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies (LUCSUS), Sweden; Centre for Social Sustainability and Department of Neuroscience at Karolinska Institutet, Sweden; International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics (IIIEE), Sweden. Get to know our project partners here!
Practice partners: Forward Malmö; Ekskäret Foundation; the Transition Network; Awaris and its Inner Green Deal Initiative, the European Network for Community-Led Initiatives on Climate Change and Sustainability (ECOLISE), and others. Get to know our project partners here!
Advisory board: i) Prof. Richard Davidson, world leader in social neuroscience and psychology; Chair of the Center for Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, USA; ii) Prof. Kate Rigby, leader in environmental humanities; Director of the Research Centre for Environmental Humanities at Bath Spa University, UK; iii) Dr Markus Molz, Knowledge and Learning Coordinator of the European Network for Community-Led Initiatives on Climate Change and Sustainability (ECOLISE); iv) Prof. Karen O'Brien, internationally recognised expert on climate change and society at University of Oslo, Norway. Get to know our project partners here!
Project outcomes so far: For project-related publications, please see under Research. For other project-related news, please see below.
"Our project will provide new knowledge on the interlinkages between personal, collective and systems change to support sustainable climate action and well-being. This involves exploring people’s mindsets, and how associated cultural change can be reflected in political support and a healthy development of people’s sense of responsibility, motivation and positive involvement. Our results will help to develop new approaches and learning processes towards sustainability.”
Making sense of sense-making
How can we better work together to influence environmental and climate policies? Please share your thoughts with us.
In the context of our TransVision project, various governmental and non-governmental organisations are engaged to improve their sustainability work and find new ways to address climate change. Your input is needed. Please participate in our sensemaker survey and contribute to the transition to a more sustainable society. Take the survey now: In English, or in Swedish.
Sustainable climate action requires new mindsets
The UN Climate Change Conferences regularly fail to adequately address climate change. Does this relate to how the conferences are designed and organised? Could developing a different culture of cooperation and communication help to make progress? Which mindsets and associated inner qualities might be conducive in this process? A new study and article by Professor Christine Wamsler and colleagues explores these questions. Please find more information here. The full article can be accessed here.
PodCast: The role of mindsets in sustainability
Liane Stephan talks with Prof. Wamsler about what role mindsets play in sustainability and climate action. Liane concludes: "If inner qualities, such as intrinsic values, self-awareness, and compassion, are central to sustainable action, this gives us something to work on as individuals, as communities and as organisations. It gives us the agency to act. There's no excuse not to. It doesn't mean that we abandon our search for technological and policy solutions. But such external efforts must be matched with efforts to enhance the way we are, the way we interact with others, and how we relate to the world." Listen to the PodCast or read the interview transcript here.
New collaboration–Exploring the human dimension
New collaboration was established with the 'Inner Green Deal Initiative' to explore the human dimension of climate change. The aim is to research and support personal qualities and methods that can enable sustainable climate action. The initiative seeks to contribute to the behavioural, social and cultural change that is required to realise climate policy initiatives, such as the European Green Deal. Much focus of such policy initiatives has so far been on technology and other external factors. At the same time, inner human dimensions have received less attention, a shortcoming the research cooperation seeks to address. More information about our research can be found here.