REVOLUTION vs. RADICAL EVOLUTION: TRANSITION THEORY FOR EFFECTIVE CHANGE
“Be the change you want to see in the world” is a sentence that we often hear when advocating for a “paradigm shift” in society. But how does long-lasting and effective change in society actually happen? How do we transition from one paradigm to the other? And how can science help us in understanding how “shift happens” in complex systems? And can nature help us in understanding the critical turning points that often facilitate these shifts?
A transition is a long-term process of radical and structural change at the level of societal systems (e.g. sector, city, region). One of the most 'well-known' transitions at the moment is that regarding energy (from fossil fuels to renewable energy), but there are a lot other ongoing transitions (e.g. in mobility, waste management, health care to name a few).
Transition research, which emerged in the past two decades, helps us understand the complex nature of these transitions based on observation of nature and analysis of historical events.
In this talk, Charlie will illustrate several (historical and contemporary) examples to show how transition theory works and how societal change can be influenced to lead to more just, sustainable and resilient societies.
Charlie Spork (Bio)
Charlie has a background in Theoretical Physics (Master of Advanced Study 2010, Cambridge) and Energy Science (MSc 2013, Utrecht). After his graduation, he worked on various projects in the energy sector. His current research and advisory work focuses on energy transition, ecological sustainability issues and the transition to a circular economy.
As a lecturer for the Transition Academy, Charlie regularly hosts trainings and workshops and teaches the courses ‘Transition Management’ and ‘Transition Arena’ at The Hague University of Applied Sciences.