Contributed session - Approaches and methods for understanding social-ecological system dynamics
C4 (125)
11:30 - 13:00
Chair/s:
Albert Norström
Bright Spots: Seeds of good Anthropocene
Elena Bennett
McGill University, Montreal, Canada
Society is bombarded by dystopian visions of future collapse and degradation. But the future does not have to be bleak. In fact, we can point to an emergence of experiments in new thinking, innovative ways of living, projects aiming for change that bodes well for the future. As people become aware of threats to society and nature, many are increasingly engaging in strategies to create a more just, prosperous, and ecologically diverse world – “good Anthropocenes”. Inspirational visions can be a key component of transformations to sustainability, helping to shape the very reality that they forecast. But thus far, most efforts to imagine positive global emerge from the same handful of ideas about the future, which overestimate the power of conventional strategies to create real change, resulting in scenarios that are very similar to the status quo, or feature fantasy pathways to unrealistic utopias. We propose that global scenarios can be diversified by using these ‘experiments’ in new ways of thinking, doing, and being, to build scenarios from the ground up. We discuss how this might be done, what kinds of social-ecological scenarios it could help develop, and how they might be more useful than existing global scenarios.

Presenter/s:
Elena Bennett
Presentation type:
Contributed session oral presentation
Room:
C4 (125)
Chair/s:
Albert Norström
Date:
Monday, 21 August
Time:
11:30 - 13:00
Session times:
11:30 - 13:00