102. iAct Dialogues for Sustainability
A global and intergenerational approach to integrated online and in-person engagement that promotes discussion of and action on seemingly intractable sustainability challenges has not yet been leveraged to its fullest potential. We see this as an unprecedented opportunity to bring people together to discuss conservation and development challenges and solutions, gain clarity and build capacity for action, and share successes to inspire further action. As described below, the iAct Dialogues for Sustainability provide a dynamic platform and network that dovetails with Sustainable Silicon Valley’s (SSV’s) “Showcase of Solutions for Planetary Sustainability,” offering an avenue for identified solutions to be further discussed within a global network, and adapted and applied at regional and local scales.
Vision The “i” stands for: intergenerational, interactive, insightful, innovative, and inspirational, with the focus on action, literally “I act for sustainability.” Our vision is a global series of bi-monthly webinars on key sustainability, systems change, and leadership topics, each introduced by a few experts, practitioners, and community leaders of a diversity of ages, from youth to elders. While presenters are talking on video feed and sharing slides, interpreters will type real-time translations into individual text boxes in several major languages. The webinars will be interactive, inviting participants into breakout groups for in-depth discussion, also in several different languages, reconvening the group to draw out insights and action steps that emerge, and then concluding with an inspirational musical or creative performance. Each webinar will be recorded and available online for others to view. We also envision inviting participants into intergenerational pairs to engage in a parallel series of webinars on practices to hone and apply leadership capacity. These will be selected from among the dozen Daily Leadership Practices developed by partner Robert Gass, ranging from Purposeful Action to Authenticity to the Power of Love. Participants receive a daily e-mail, guiding them through the application of each practice and how it can make them more effective leaders. We envision intergenerational pairs in communication between webinars that will provide a forum for sharing successes and challenges, deepening impact. We want to convene an annual capstone dialogue and leadership session at strategic conservation conferences over the next four years. Such events would bring together some of the project participants, along with new-comers, in addition to being streamed live to a global audience. Finally, from amongst participants, we envision training additional moderators for the iAct Dialogues, so that discussions and actions can scale up. Purposes / Goals • To stimulate intergenerational dialogue on planetary futures • To connect a global, intergenerational network of dialogue participants • To build leadership capacity among network members • To help people of all ages connect with nature, to turn to nature for teaching and inspiration • To inspire informed and innovative action among network members for sustainability outcomes Dialogue Content and Speakers In collaboration with partners and based on their respective expertise, we will craft a series of topics for webinars. These topics and speakers lists would be expanded through participation in the March Showcase. Topic ideas • climate change impacts and emergency preparedness • climate change adaptation, water, and cooperation across borders • viable energy and transportation futures • land, food systems, population, and diet • health, gender, and climate change • community leadership for marine conservation • transboundary protected areas as a way to promote peace • economic policy and sustainability • engaging new / non-traditional actors (business, military, the broader public, elders, etc) Inspiring stories of connection to nature • Cycling Silk: two young Canadian women who cycled the Silk Road in Asia, highlighting transboundary protected areas • Rowing across the Atlantic to raise awareness about marine conservation: Canadian Wildlife Federation and Outdoor Adventure, Rowing, and Education, Northwest • Stories from National Geographic explorer and marine biologist, Sylvia Earle • Guest speakers who contributed to book Moments that Speak: Stories and Images of Connection (KIT Publishers, 2012) Potential speakers • Conservation leaders: Sylvia Earle, Ashok Khosla, Julia Marton-Lefevre, Maria Carvajal, experts from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and others • Sustainability leadership experts: Alan AtKisson, Peter Senge, Gillian Martin Mehers, Elizabeth Sawin, Kartikeya Sarabhai and others • Young leaders: Esther Agbarakwe, Sara Svensson, Caroline Howe, Mirjahon Turdiev, Any Sulistyowati, Grace Mwaura, Elijah Kanyi, Lisa Jokivirata, Pablo Freund, Markus Pukonen, Daniela Barguil and others Strategic Events and Partners We want to implement the iAct Dialogues for Sustainability leading up to the IUCN World Conservation Congress in 2016. Along the way, we want to hold in-person events at these conferences: • WILD10 Congress, San Sebastian, Spain, 2013 • World Parks Congress, Sydney, Australia, 2014 • Invite 10 youth and 10 mentors to the Cobb Hill Cohousing ecovillage in Vermont, where our organization, Sustainability Leaders Network, is based, for a 5-day sustainability leadership workshop, 2015 • IUCN World Conservation Congress, 2016 In addition to dozens of regional and global youth and intergenerational networks we will invite to participate, our current partners in this work include the IUCN, the Dalai Lama Fellows, the Wild Foundation, the Sibthorp Trust UK, and the Social Change Project.
Why it should be recognized:
Recognition of this solution will offer a robust avenue for further discussion and dissemination of solutions in SSV’s Showcase. By highlighting the iAct Dialogues for Sustainability, SSV can help achieve at least three things: 1) Expand awareness about the iAct Dialogues, increasing the numbers of participants in our intergenerational webinars and leadership capacity building efforts 2) Identify additional partners who have expertise in the fields of sustainability, conservation, and development, and are interested in participating as speakers in our webinars, sharing their solutions for change 3) Identify additional philanthropic and corporate sponsors who are prepared to support the implementation of the iAct platform and process The iAct Dialogues are a network-based, ecosystem of solutions for sustainability challenges and we would very much like to include SSV and individuals who attend the March Showcase in our growing community of change makers. The challenges are global, so solutions must also be discussed and shared at a global level, facilitating the process of regional and local adaptation and application. Let’s make this happen together!
On May 01, 2013 dominic.stucker said: SEEKING DONORS/INVESTORS: If you, your company or foundation have an interest in supporting our iAct Dialogues webinar series, please write to me at dominic [dot] stucker [at] gmail [dot] com. We have funded the development stage for our project and the launch webinar - to be held in June or July - and need additional donors for subsequent webinars and events. Thank you!
On Apr 23, 2013 dominic.stucker said: UPDATE: Voting for the "People's Choice Award" ended yesterday and I am pleased to report that, after a high number of votes over the weekend, we secured 2nd place out of an original 108 entries! Many, many thanks to all those who voted and commented!
On Apr 22, 2013 esme.stucker said: Sounds fantastic - this project deserves recognition!
On Apr 22, 2013 virgil.stucker said: It is with a sense of deep admiration and honor that I observe my son's wisdom and insight into how to improve our damaged world.
On Apr 22, 2013 antoinette.royo said: Once we share, nurture and create a convergence actions from great ideas can we make a difference. Dialogues across generations all over the world will help make this happen!
On Apr 22, 2013 said.damhoureyeh said: Great Idea
On Apr 22, 2013 abiodun.odunuga said: Great one! We sure can make this a realty. I'm on board for support Dominic.
On Apr 22, 2013 vedharajan.balaji said: well done, keep up your good work!
On Apr 21, 2013 diogo.verissimo said: Well done guys!
On Apr 21, 2013 kennedy_.mbeva said: Great and innovative idea; amazing!!
On Apr 21, 2013 shalini.dhyani said: I am here to support you and your innovative idea...!!
On Apr 21, 2013 roy.cardenas said: Excellent idea!
On Apr 21, 2013 md_biozid.jessorey said: Brilliant and innovative Idea, I am always with you.
On Apr 21, 2013 kishor_.sharma said: Fabulous idea. Let's make this happen.
On Apr 21, 2013 mohammad.masum said: Excellent! Good job!
On Apr 21, 2013 keith.wheeler said: Great approach....Best in Class 5 star!
On Apr 21, 2013 caroline.seagle said: A cutting edge and much needed approach with major global relevance -- great work everyone!
On Apr 21, 2013 eva_liliana.ardila said: excellent!
On Apr 21, 2013 eva_liliana.ardila said: excellent!
On Mar 09, 2013 jared.buoga said: Lets keep it real and make it happen!
On Mar 09, 2013 grace.mwaura said: Keep up!
On Mar 08, 2013 shalini.dhyani said: All the best Dominic..for this innovative idea..! I looking forward to the execution part..!Best wishes
On Mar 08, 2013 taylor_.knoop said: Awesome multi-generational approach that I look forward to engaging in!
On Mar 08, 2013 dominic.stucker said: UPDATE: I am excited to report that the iAct Dialogues were named a "Finalist" in the competition by Sustainable Silicon Valley's jury at last night's event at Microsoft headquarters. We are also currently in 3rd place for the "People's Choice Award," so we still need your votes!
On Mar 06, 2013 dominic.stucker said: UPDATE: we have convened a diverse and talented iAct Dialogues Working Group to support this project. With 35 people from all regions of the world, the Working Group will offer input into discussion themes, help identify speakers, and disseminate invitations to our webinars through their extensive networks. We have also secured funding to hold our first webinar from the Sibthorp Trust in the United Kingdom. Help us keep the momentum going with your 5-star vote! If you want to join the Working Group and/or know of potential speakers or funders, please send me an e-mail: dominic [dot] stucker [at] gmail [dot] com. Many thanks!
On Mar 06, 2013 jay.mead said: Love it! How can I contribute?
On Mar 06, 2013 elaine.k said: Fantastic approach!
On Mar 06, 2013 huma.beg said: Fabulous. Exactly what we need
On Mar 06, 2013 sudeep.jana said: Brilliant Idea
On Feb 26, 2013 alyson.duffey said: Let's make this happen!
Submitted: Jan 31, 2013
Author: Dominic Stucker
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