Author Archives: Giorgio Bertini

About Giorgio Bertini

Director at Learning Change Project - Research on society, culture, art, neuroscience, cognition, critical thinking, intelligence, creativity, autopoiesis, self-organization, rhizomes, complexity, systems, networks, leadership, sustainability, thinkers, futures ++

Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals

In 2014, UNDP, with the generous support of the Government of Denmark, established an Innovation Facility to improve service delivery and support national governments and citizens to tackle complex challenges. The report ‘Spark, Scale, Sustain’ shares UNDP’s approach to innovation, over … Continue reading

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End-times for Humanity

Humanity is more technologically powerful than ever before, and yet we feel ourselves to be increasingly fragile. Why? The end of the world is a growth industry. You can almost feel Armageddon in the air: from survivalist and ‘prepper’ websites … Continue reading

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Healing Ourselves and the Earth with Ecopsychology

“The Earth’s cry for rescue from the punishing weight of the industrial system we have created is our own cry for a scale and quality of life that will free each of us to become the complete person we know … Continue reading

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What Does the Antarctic Ice Shelf Break Really Mean?

One of the largest icebergs ever recorded has just broken away from the Larsen C Ice Shelf in Antarctica. Over the past few years, I’ve led a team that has been studying this ice shelf and monitoring change. We spent … Continue reading

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The Uninhabitable Earth: What climate change could wreak

It is, I promise, worse than you think. If your anxiety about global warming is dominated by fears of sea-level rise, you are barely scratching the surface of what terrors are possible, even within the lifetime of a teenager today. … Continue reading

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Innovation, Sustainability and Democracy: An Analysis of Grassroots Contributions

In this paper, we introduce an area of activity that has flourished for decades in all corners of the globe, namely grassroots innovation for sustainable development. We also argue why innovation, in general, is a matter for democracy. Combining these two points, we … Continue reading

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In search of a “good” Anthropocene? Physiology can help

While much of the rhetoric surrounding the Anthropocene has been markedly negative, there has recently been a push by many scientists for a more positive narrative. Specifically, researchers are posing the question: can the Anthropocene be good? A good Anthropocene … Continue reading

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Protecting half: a plan to save life on Earth

Recently, a number of the world’s leading scientists, indigenous leaders, and advocates have been engaged in something bold: asking exactly what is required to stop the mass extinction of life on Earth and save a living planet. And the answer, … Continue reading

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The Anthropocene epoch

Humanity’s impact on the Earth is now so profound that a new geological epoch – the Anthropocene – needs to be declared, according to an official expert group who presented the recommendation to the International Geological Congress in Cape Town … Continue reading

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The philosopher prophet of the Anthropocene

Timothy Morton wants humanity to give up some of its core beliefs, from the fantasy that we can control the planet to the notion that we are ‘above’ other beings. His ideas might sound weird, but they’re catching on. Part … Continue reading

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