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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.

Project Objectives

The CONVERGE project has 8 objectives:

CONVERGE in 2010

Happy New Year from the CONVERGE Team!

2009 was a fabulous year for the CONVERGE project. The CONVERGE project was awarded a grant from the European Union under the Seventh Framework Programme in September and after many months of evolving the project proposal, research was finally underway. Now 4 months into the project, things are hotting up. CONVERGE has a website and will shortly be commmunicating progress via many other means including Twitter, Facebook, You Tube, and more local publication outlets around the world. The administrative backbone of the project is in place, we're using googledocs and googlesites to manage our research internally and are highly appreciative of tools such as Skype, Mind Manager, Xmind and  Stella.

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.

About the CONVERGE Project

Full project title: Rethinking globalisation in the light of Contraction and CONVERGEnce.

Acronym: CONVERGE

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