The economy and sustainability have long been considered enemies. Meanwhile, "our citizens of 2050 are educated in (economic) frameworks that stem from textbooks from 1950, which in turn are based on theories from 1850. As a result, we have created economies that must grow, whether they make us and our planet thrive or not." According to Kate Raworth, it does not matter whether the economy grows or not, as long as it provides "a safe and just place for humanity". In the end, that is exactly what transformative learning for sustainable development wants to achieve; (higher) education must reconnect with the current generation, the century we live in and the challenges we face!
During the online teaser on 9 December 2021, we discussed a whole afternoon about what the future could look like, how we can adapt to make it happen and how education can foster this. Kate Raworth, Mamphela Ramphele and Garry Jacobs provided pre-recorded speeches beforehand and joined the live debate during the online event.
In addition we offered interactive workshops and interesting short videos. At the end, various (local) actors from society (students, professors, companies, organizations, etc.) were brought together for a live debate about issues raised and insights provided in our local, cosy studio in Hasselt, Belgium.
⭢ You can watch recordings of the whole event here.
From 6-8 September 2022, Hasselt University opened its doors for a three-day physical conference in Belgium. Debates that were started during the online teaser continued on site. The program offered plenary sessions, interactive workshops, inspiring talks, lots of networking opportunities and thought-provoking keynotes by Guia Bianchi, Sam de Muijnck, Vivek Gilani, Liesbeth Huybrechts, Kate Raworth, Gustavo Rodriguez, Olivia Rutazibwa, Stephen Sterling, Lilian Trechsel and Renate Wesselink.
The third day was dedicated to an excursion to the Nationaal Park Hoge Kempen and a visit to the Ecotron project by Hasselt University.