Last week some of our colleagues attended the second conference of the Programme on Ecosystem Change and Society (PECS) in Oaxaca (Mexico). Besides coming back all excited about the conference, two of our colleagues also bloged for the conference about different topics:
In a nutshell: Some inspiring lessons from this session include the need to bridge: from local to global; between conceptual framing and practical application; as well as across multiple worldviews and perspectives to embrace different knowledge and ideas for sustainability solutions. (…)
I am usually a bit skeptical of speed talk sessions – if they are a plain run through a myriad of topics my brain shuts off eventually. The session chair needs to have a firm grip on the organization – and the presenters need to be well-prepared and punctual. If speed talks sessions are done well, however, they can be a rich cocktail of ideas and inspiration. Luckily, the session “Integrating the social and the ecological: scenarios, planning and management” was a wonderful cocktail of a whole mixture of flavors and topics. (…)
Reflections from the Friday Opening plenary “Opportunities in the Anthropocene”.
I admit, occasionally the problems of the Anthropocene make me feel powerless. In such a complex system with wicked problems and messy solutions, I sometimes do not see the opportunities for action. But we cannot lose hope, because hope engenders agency. It is a mantra I will keep close to my heart. (…)