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The Lazy Dawn of Ecomodernity

Ceres21, SUM and BI are organizing an open seminar on ecomodernityA team of scholars from Europe, China and Africa will launch comparative perspectives on ecomodernity in business, culture and politics. They will be challenged by a group of international commentators

Dubrovnik 27 September - 1 October 2010: Sustainability for the 21st Century - Rethinking Paradigm Shifts in Governance, Culture and Business

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Ceres21 Workshop at the Inter University Centre, Dubrovnik
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The workshop will explore the basis for sustainable development at both governance, business and cultural levels. At the business level the workshop focuses on front running green and social entrepreneurs, niche markets and attempts at mainstreaming new clean tech. and poverty reducing approaches in core sector of the economy. At the governance level the workshop will analyze innovative environmental, social and transparency oriented policies and inquire how the combination of civil society organizations and open media communication can provide new catalysts and channels for green and socially oriented collective concerns and can exert political pressure on political actors at the various level of government –national, supranational and sub-national levels. At the cultural level the workshop will examine the way cultural values, symbols and practices may be harnessed in the project of building a sustainable future.  

The workshop will further also explore sustainability focused industrial, governance and civic entrepreneurship across regions at different stages of development. Studies will therefore be commissioned to compare industrial and governance entrepreneurship across the rich North, the rapidly growing East and the poorer South.  

The event will take place at the Inter University Centre, Dubrovnik 27 September – 1 October, organized by the Norwegian School of Management, Oslo University and the University of Milan. It will consists of 3 two day sessions bringing together a number of prominent scholars on rethinking paradigm shifts for sustainability in Governance, Culture and Business. A limited number of stipends to finance travel and accommodation are available. 

See subheading "Presentations" under "Published" for pdf files of the presentations.

Pictures from the event:

  Martin Jänicke, Freie Universität Berlin.

 Tom Burns, Uppsala Universitet


 Alberto Martinelli, University of Milan

 Karl Gerth, Oxford University

 Miranda Schreurs, Freie Universität Berlin

 Audrey Gadzekpo, University of Ghana

 Harld Bøckman, SUM, University of Oslo

 Paddy Coulter, Oxford University

 Atle Midttun, BI School of Management

 Nicola Pasini, University of Milan

 Yoseph Yaro, University of Ghana

 Rafal Riedel, University of Opole and ARENA, UiO

 Jin Wang, Sun Yat-Sen University

 Amadu Mahama, NewEnergy, Ghana

 Kimberly Eriksen, University of Oslo

Damagoj Racic, Knowledge Network


 Paul Ray, World Forum


 Lutz Mez, Freie Universität Berlin