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Pathways to a Transformation to Sustainability

Professor Asaf Zohar (Director, Sustainability Studies)

In my talk I explore how I respond to the call for a "transformation to sustainability" to address our urgent and threatening social and ecological crises. I argue for the need to create learning contexts that inspire hope for learners and communities by offering multiple paths for engaging in sustainability. In classroom settings, this requires helping learners find their own voice and spheres of personal influence in meeting the urgent challenges of our times, while at the same time promoting longer-term radical and systemic societal shifts in mindsets and actions. In addition, it requires moving beyond traditional discipline-based competencies and nurturing a wider range of knowledge, skills, and attitudes that enable successful task performance and problem solving for real-world sustainability challenges and opportunities.