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WWWforEurope Lecture Series


Modelling Growth and Socio-ecological Transition:

Chances and Challenges

Graciela Chichilnisky & Jan Rotmans

Two Perspectives


March 12th, 2013, 13:00 – 15:00

WIFO, Objekt 20, Arsenal

“Economics has demonstrated itself inadequate to the charge of responding to systemic crisis. Some are led to question capitalism in response to crisis — but the fault may actually lie in our own limited view of economics. The economic and ecological realities of the twenty-first century demand new economic thinking.”

Graciela Chichilnisky is the author of the carbon market of the UN Kyoto Protocol that became international law in 2005 and created the formal theory of sustainable development. She is professor of Economics and Statistics at Columbia University, renowned world expert on climate change and sustainability and director of the Columbia Consortium for Risk Management. undefinedDownload presentation

“We live in transitional times in search for new value systems. This goes along with turmoil, uncertainty, lack of confidence, fear and impotence. From the transition perspective, […] crises are a chance for change since existing institutions are pushed and many embark on a quest for new values and norms.”


Jan Rotmans, professor at the Erasmus University Rotterdam, is the founder of DRIFT, Dutch Research Institute for Transitions and co-founder of Urgenda, a civil society movement that promotes a more sustainable future. undefinedDownload presentation


Commentary by Kurt Bayer

Emeritus Consultant at WIFO and for the WWWforEurope project


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