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Developing an Interconnected Worldview - A Thesis

 

We're pleased to present the final thesis paper from Master's Students; Simon Evitts, Brendan Seale and Dylan Skybrook of the Blekinge Institute of Technology in Sweden: Developing an Interconnected Worldview: a guiding process for learning.

The team says: We wrote this thesis paper in order to explore how to develop an interconnected worldview. We chose this as a focus because we felt that the root cause of unsustainability is a reductionist, mechanistic worldview that doesn’t see the connections between actions and outcomes, especially if the action and the outcome are separated by time or distance. Concepts like Contraction and Convergence depend on understanding the world as an interconnected whole. And in fact people do understand the concept when thinking about it abstractly.

Masters Thesis Team

Three gentlemen united by an ongoing discovery of the interconnectedness of things. Three gentlemen brought together by a common view of sustainability as social, ecological, and economic systems maintenance. Three gentlemen that seek paradigm shift through a deeper understanding and clearer communication of systems science.

New Team Members

 

Students studying towards an Msc in Strategic Leadership Towards Sustainability at the Blekinge Institute of Technology (Sweden) will be joining with the CONVERGE project to write their thesis. Simon Evitts, Dylan Skybrook and Brendan Seale want to research how to enable "sustainable development through perceptual awareness of interconnectedness", and hope to "build an educational tool that supports transition towards a sustainable society by encouraging a systems understanding of the world".

The Blekinge Institute of Technology (BTH) is ranked by the EESD Observatory as the best among Swedish technical universities and third among the 56 evaluated European universities for Engineering Education for Sustainable Development. BTH has a long standing relationship with project partner The Natural Step, so earlier this year a call was sent out to BTH requesting students submit proposals to the CONVERGE project for research that would be cover an area of interest to the CONVERGE project.

A lesson in Systems Thinking

The CONVERGE team is sitting at a large table in an old farmhouse in Skanor, southern Sweden. Peals of laughter fill the air aswell as serious challenges, the atmosphere is one of fun, learning and respect. We are face-to-face for the second time following the official start of the project this September to learn together about Systems thinking including how we can use causal loop diagrams to further our work.

With a keen eye on project sustainability, the location for the workshop, a large farmhouse owned by the University of Malmo, has the team kipping together in bunk rooms, cooking together and pooling our resources. This it turns out is far more fun, great for team building and far more efficient (from an ecological footprint perspective) then descending on a swanky hotel in Lund.

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