the conference, South African academics Hennie
Stoffberg and Paul Prinsloo launched their new book
Change: A Guide for Corporates”. Caroline
d'Essen has interviewed the authors about issues of climate change
justice and the fairness of carbon market system.
– In your opinion, what were the main reasons that made the Kyoto’s
Protocol fail? How can we avoid that a new agreement in COP15 takes
the same way of Kyoto Protocol?
civilization needs to rely on some system of beliefs and to have its
own characteristic framework of references that people’ minds can
rely on. For some civilizations it will be a religion, for others philosophical
What is this framework when
it comes to the Western world?
"For the Western world, since
Rene Descartes, it has become science", explains Professor Fred Dallmayr.
‘What a relief!’ one might
think. ‘Science makes for reliable bases to build the society on.
After three days of plenary
talks, track sessions with many different presentations on conceptual
and foundational research, education, journalism and business, Jesper Garsdal, Fred Dallmayr and
Hans Köchler restated the main value
of the Global Dialogue Conference ’09 as a means to
With regards to the issue of climate change, Professor Dallmayr of Notre Dame University remarked that ‘we have to talk about climate change from many different
Thursday morning, Chris Nash talked about
a revolution which has to take
place in the field of journalism in order to cover the issue of climate
change more properly.
However, in the afternoon sessions of the journalism track,
a lot of the obstacles in the revolutionary road became visible when
Chinese, British and American journalists from the Erasmus Mundus programme
(with help from Norway) presented.
Did you know that sushi chefs should prefer frozen to fresh salmon? And that when you are dealing with WAL*MART you would do better to sleep in cheap motels and look anxious to pay for your coffee? And that these things are related, in a certain way, to the business impact on climate?
That and much more was what you could have learned at a last minute business panel discussion on the final day of the Global Dialogue Conference ’09.
It’s good news that there are businesses that take climate change
An old indian fairy tale goes
like this: Five blind sages have been sent out to describe how this
strange new animal called “Elephant” looks like. As every one of
them touched only one part of the Elephant they came back with five
completely different impressions. With this little anecdote Henrik Bödker
only wanted to promote the interdisciplinary evening plenary. But actually
he provided a great introduction to Chris Nash’s speech about “What
can we expect of Journalism in Confron
At a press conference today, it was announced that the inaugural Global Dialogue Prize of 500,000 Danish kroners (app. 100,000 US dollars) will be given to the Iranian philosopher Darius Shayegan and fellow philosopher and former Iranian president Mohammed Khatami for developing and promoting the idea of “dialogue among civilizations.”
The aim of the Global Dialogue Prize is to honour outstanding research on intercultural dialogue and value studes, as well as outstanding achievements in applying
“A rich man and a poor man
went to a restaurant. The rich man ordered two courses, red wine and a
dessert. The poor man just asked for the dessert. When the bill arrived
the rich man said to the poor that they have to share the bill half-half.”
This example, given by Kristian Hoyer-Toft, one of the conference’s
speakers, was really appropriate to illustrate the theme of TRACK 1
session’s of Wednesday: responsibility.
It seems like business and research are two different worlds speaking different languages. The conference has brought different sectors together and it creates a possibility that somehow in this conglomeration of thoughts and views, new and viable answers to the challenge called climate change may arise.
The sector of Information Technology takes part in this undertaking, as voiced by Harald Fuchs from the IBM Company of Germany. What he insinuates is that we may all know that the world is gettin
If journalists think there is little they can or should do to help people deal with climate change, they should think again. In a thought-provoking talk at the conference, professor Susanna Priest came up with four simple ideas for actions that journalists can undertake without offending professional norms of objectivity and the economic restraints of the news business.
Simply furnishing people with enough information is not enough, Priest said and referred to recent research she had done amongst