We are living in desperately difficult times, times in which it is hard to find sources of encouragement and inspiration for making a real difference. But if we look beyond the headlines, people all around the world are working hard to create changes in in material, social and political realities and realize more sustainable futures. We just have to know where to look.
170 students from the Utrecht University BSc programme Global Sustainability Science have been searching for ‘seeds’ of better futures from all around the world – real-world projects, ideas and initiatives that offer alternative ways of engaging with the challenges of sustainability. From new forms of organizing public transport in Colombia, to rewilding the Scottish highlands, to activists pressuring pension funds in the Netherlands, to a global network of regenerative ocean farmers. These seed initiatives are typically still small, but what would happen if we used them as a basis to think about radical change into the future? Treating real projects and initiatives as seeds for the imagination of a better future is a new approach to thinking about societal change that is being championed by change makers all around the world. For examples of seeds, see: https://goodanthropocenes.net/
After a very successful live event, we are now organizing a two-part online Seeds of Better Futures Festival to allow people from all around the world to join!
In a flexible online marketplace/festival format, Utrecht University students will be sharing super cool videos about radical ‘seed’ initiatives from more than 20 countries worldwide. They are working together with policymakers and national experts on change pathways inspired by these seeds to help support national decision-making. They tie them to the Sustainable Development Goals as a way to think inclusively and critically about sustainability. And they’d love to talk to you, inspire your thinking, and be inspired in turn! (Registration below).
The first part of the event, on the morning of June 21st from 9.30 to 12.00 CEST, is timed to allow visitors from Asia and the Pacific to join. The second part of the event, in the afternoon of June 23rd, is timed to allow people from the Americas to join. Projects and seeds from Europe and Africa will be split across the two events. You're very welcome to come to both, of course.
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- You will be added to a Teams environment where the event will take place once you have registered