Contributed session - Social-ecological transformations for sustainability
Room 26 (50)
11:30 - 13:00
Manjana Milkoreit, Michele-Lee Moore
Today’s global sustainability challenges place significant transformational demands on modern societies. Such transformational change requires a set of capacities at the individual and collective scales, which are not yet very well understood. This session explores imagination as one such transformational capacity – the ability of an individual or group to envision different scientifically informed (i.e., possible) but significantly altered futures, including phenomena that unfold slowly over long time periods and disruptive short-term change. This kind of imagination is essential for individuals and societies to create, design and bring about desired future trajectories.
1 Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) South Africa and Department of Conservation Ecology, Stellenbosch University, South Africa, Cape Town, South Africa, 2 Centre for Complex Systems in Transition, Stellenbosch University, South Africa, Stellenbosch, South Africa, 3 Instituto de Ciências Agrárias e Ambientais Mediterrânica (ICAAM), University of Évora, Évora, Portugal