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Uwe Schneidewind und Maja Göpel at the presentation of "The Great Mindshift" at the IST 2016 conference in Wuppertal. Photo: Andreas Fischer

Dear readers,

What needs to change, so that the goal of happiness and good lives for all can be achieved - in harmony with nature? Which methods and capacities do we need to drive these changes? Dr. Maja Göpel, Head of the Wuppertal Institute's Berlin Office, turned these overarching questions of the sustainable development agenda into the guiding questions of her new book. In doing so she goes beyond the traditional understanding of transformation processes: She puts the role of mindsets and paradigms at the core of her analysis and highlights how deeply embedded outdated 19th Century economic ideals are in current societies and their institutions and how this limits the discourse on sustainability solutions. It is therefore not enough, she argues, to set up ambitious targets. Driving transformation processes of complex systems successfully requires an ongoing reflection about assumptions and ideals about system dynamics and the right way forward. This "transformative literacy" is little researched so far but enables radical change in an incrementally orchestrated strategy. "The Great Mindshift - How a New Economic Paradigm and Sustainability Transformations go Hand in Hand" is published by Springer. The link to an Open-Access version can be found at AFES-PRESS.

The book was presented and discussed at the 7th International Sustainability Transitions Conference in Wuppertal. Find more events and publications below.

Myrto-Christina Athanassiou, Dorle Riechert and Kerstin Eiwen (editors)

How Sustainable is my Lifestyle?
Calculating your ecological rucksack

This online tool helps calculating one's individual ecological rucksack within ten minutes. MIPS forms the conceptual framework.

Recource calculator

Rethinking Climate and Energy Policies
Two chapters by Wuppertal Institute's scientists on rebound effects

Contributions on "Time and Income Effects from Reducing Working Hours in Germany" and on "Indirect Effects from Resource Sufficiency Behaviour".

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Who Are the Consumers?
Paper points out the need for a sustainability-integrated research agenda

In order to support a resource-light society, production and consumption need to be considered through an integrated system view; within this, consumers play an important role as co-acting subjects.

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E-Waste in Transition - From Pollution to Resource
Open access book with contributions from different countries

E-waste management is a serious challenge across developed, transition, and developing countries because of the consumer society and the globalisation process.

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The Influence of Domestic Society, Policy and Politics on International Climate Policy in Japan
Paper explores the national evolution of the country's positioning in COP 21 negotiations

Frequently, the influences led to conflicts and resulted in heated debates and struggles before a position in international climate negotiations could be reached.

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Data-driven Generation of Innovation Diffusion Models
Paper on agent-based automated modeling awarded Best Student Paper Prize

The new method allows for a less costly in time and labour estimation and implementation of the impact of policies on the innovation diffusion.

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Reductions in Material Throughput, Energy Use and Emissions
Four papers published in the Journal of Cleaner Production

Wuppertal Institute's contributions on the nutritional footprint, crowdsourced deliveries, return and recycling of mobile phones and household-level transition.

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