ICT for a Global Sustainable Future Conference

ICT for a Global Sustainable Future Conference – How can ICT durably contribute to the wellbeing of all citizens around the world?

Professor Goodman speaks on ‘Creative Solutions: Almost too late Technologies and the Social Entrepreneurship Model for Sustainability’ at The PARADISO Summit for the European Commission, Brussels, 22-23 January, 2009.

At this conference that looked at how Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) will play a central role in a global sustainable future, Professor Lizbeth Goodman delivered a presentation around ‘Building Sustainable Research Models’ in the ‘feedback from the PARADISO open consultation’.

PARADISO is one of the Future Internet Research and Experimentation (FIRE) projects supported by the European Commission under FP7, aiming at answering a need for advanced experimentally-driven research including large scale experimentation to discover the technical, societal, and economic implications of changes to the Internet. PARADISO, which officially launched in March 2008, aims at identifying strategic research directions on network and service ICT infrastructures in the hypothesis of a disruptive paradigm concerning global societal developments (PARADISO is an acronym formed by the two words PARADIgm and Societal).

This conference was organised, with the support of the PARADISO project to fully comprehend what is at stake and which research areas need to be explored so that “appropriate infrastructures, applications and services, based on Information and Communication Technologies, can be available tomorrow for the citizens of the world”.

Lizbeth Goodman said:

“It seems to be news to many governments and universities alike, that in order to engage meaningfully in knowledge transfer, it is necessary to support the practice-based transdisciplinary research that leads to new forms of knowledge, then to knowledge exchange.

A sustainable knowledge economy must take account of this very basic fact, while it also engages across sectors, across disciplines, and with and for many different communities of shared interest, to create ground up creative models for engaging and supporting the third part of the triple bottom line – and the only one that matters when the financial chips are down: the social, or cultural, or creative imaginations and actions of people working toward shared aim.

In the formulation of an economy operating according to a ‘triple bottom line’, creativity is the missing ingredient in most – and creative uses of ICT can provide the solution.”

Professor Goodman presented a short selection of projects that have done just that, and proposed to bring these and other projects to the European Commission for roll out in schools and community centres, and with and through SMEs and industry and government bodies in partnership with cultural organisations.

“What I propose” she said, “is a network of Excellence in Creative Pedagogy and Practice by Design. Please join us! Engage in person and using ICT in sustainability programmes, connecting communities with locally available and recyclable resources and with caring by remote. If you want to discover new horizons, you have to be willing to lose sight of the shore for some time “

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