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
At least 10,000 people from all over the world are expected to be part of the alternative summit Climate Forum 09 in Copenhagen next month. But what is the point of getting so many people together and what can be achieved? Kristine Holten-Andersen, one of the many driving forces behind the project, believes the summit is about empowerment and creating the feeling of acting together.
The conference blog has obtained permission to quote from Kristine Holten-Andersen’s manuscript for her presentatio
Just before the panel discussion begins. From left to right: Professor Fred Dallmeyr, professor Timothy Reagan, Kristine Holten-Andersen from Climate Forum 09, Jacob Sterling from Maersk Line, chairman of the board for Grundfos Niels Due-Jensen, professor John Thøgersen and professor Susanna Priest.
There are aspects of the structure of a conference which can be dangerous. I was concerned about this before coming; not about whether we would be bored or interested, whether the presentations would seem relevant or not - you cannot, or course, please all the people all the time. Rather, there is something in the formal structure itself which, while allowing ‘conversation’ of a kind, also limits our ability to interact.
Politeness and convention require that we sit still and listen - even when
Thanks to Mike Hulme, the global dialogue
conference got off to a good and controversial start. The professor
of climate change at University of East Anglia introduced some
insightful and tantalizing propositions, which did no less than putting
the whole COP15-joint venture in doubt.
Jumping onto his train of thought isn't
easy. Basically, his intention is to liberate the way we think about
climate change as a mere physical process which can be estimated by
numbers and facts. "Rel
As a foundation for the dicussion in the coming two days, the first panel session in the afternoon gathered representatives from academia, business, media and civil society to talk about their own responsiblities.
It was an ambitous plan to draw people from such a broad range of fields to communicate on a complex issue like climate change within an hour. Yet it worked well. It made each group return to the basic values from the starting point.
Intercultural dialogue is the topic of the week in Aarhus. The city, the region, the university and Grundfos will announce the winners of the new Global Dialogue Prize on Thursday, and Friday one of the world’s leading philosophers, Hans Köchler, will speak about the philosphy and politics behind intercultural dialogue.
Hans Köchler is professor of philosophy at University of Innsbruck in Austria and has been working on intercultural dialogue for 35 years. His work has been very influential on th