Presentation on theme: "Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Ildiko Tulbure"— Presentation transcript:
1 tt30 of the Club of Rome and its innovation potential for assuring the sustainability of our society Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Ildiko TulbureUniversity “1 December 1918”, Alba Iulia, RomaniaPD at the University of Technology Clausthal, Germanytt30 of the Club of Rome and the Club of Rome
2 CONTENT 1. General remarks about the Club of Rome and about tt30 2. tt30 projects3. tt30-Web of the Problematique4. Overcoming Technological Divides5. Some selected results of the project work – Sustainability in Europe?6. Conclusions
3 General remarks about the Club of Rome Global think tank and catalyst for change1972: CoR-report „The Limits to Growth“ -> incubator for environmental movementLong-term, interdisciplinary and holistic approach„World Problematique“: Complex set of interdependent challenges the world is facing
4 General remarks about tt30 of the Club of Rome Founded in the year 2001 during the kick-off meetingin Hamburg, GermanyProvide the perspective of the young generation on the World ProblematiqueContribution to „Resolutique“ with concrete requests and proposals for solutions - projects
5 Participants of tt30 - Maximum 30 participants - Age: 25 - 35 - Diverse Backgrounds (Academia, Business, Politics, NGO,...)- From all around the world, covering Eastern & Western Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Africa, North & Latin America
6 Organisation of tt30 - Using intensively the web-platform Leadership: Coordinating teamreporting to the CoR Secretary GeneralClose cooperation with the European Support Center in Vienna and the National Associationstt30 on national level - in GermanyAnnual Meetings: in Hamburg, Germanyuntil now 2002 in Valencia, Spain2003 in Rome, Italy2004 in Amman, Jordan2005 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil2006 in Abuja, Nigeria
7 2. Most important tt30 - projects Overcoming Technological Divides2. Values Systems, Consumption Patterns and Diversity 3. Knowledge Transfer Across Cultures: A Comparative Analysis of the West, South East Asia & West Africa 4. Acceleration as a Threat to Sustainable Development
8 3. tt30 Web of the Problematique It is actually the tt30 perspective on the challenges of the world in 20 years perspectiveMakes this complex concept understandableShows concretely how tt30 sees the World Problematique
9 tt30 Web of the Problematique 3 Fundamental dimensionsCONFLICTS ANDDISRUPTIONS OFVALUE SYSTEMSUNEQUAL ACCESSTO GOODS, INFORMATIONAND TECHNOLOGYLACK OFGOOD GOVERNANCE
10 tt30 Web of Problematique: Further aspects & elements UNEQUAL ACCESSTO GOODS, INFORMATIONAND TECHNOLOGYLACK OFGOOD GOVERNANCECONFLICTS & DISRUPTIONS OFVALUE SYSTEMSGender inequalityNeglect ofthe commonsFlood and Qualityof informationApathyLoss of identityViolenceLack ofhealthcareWater scarcityBasic needsConflicts over resourcesLoss of BiodiversityMigrationBrain DrainMilitary approachDemocracyRenewabletechnologiesexternal costsIntellectualproperty rightsDisrespect ofcultural differencesresponsibilityaccountabilitytransparencylegitimacyTerrorismInt. politicaldominanceConsumptionpatternsConsumptivelifestylesDecrease ofresources °radation ofenvironmentLack of andinsufficiencies ofEducationDeclineof traditionalvaluesDecreasingrespect ofhuman rightsDemographictransitionPovertyInappropriatedivision of political &economic powerprocesses ofdecision makinginternationalsolidarityWeakness ofcivil societyShortcomingsof marketeconomySecurity vs.Civil RightsTechnologicaldividesShort termthinkingwelfare
11 4. Overcoming Technological Divides tt30 project defined during the tt30 kick-off conference 2001 in Hamburg, GermanyCovering several yearsInterdisciplinary projectGuided by the fundamental principles of the CoR:Global perspective , holistic thinking and long-term perspectiveLimited human, time and financial resourcesProject team: Pauliina Arola (Finland), Christian Berg (Germany), Baker al-Hiyari (Jordan), Tadas Leoncikas (Lithuania), Michal Miedzinski (Poland), Peter-Olav Pleuß (Germany), Ildiko Tulbure (Romania/Germany), Ali Vali (USA/India), Aleksander Zidansek (Slovenia)
12 Why such a project?The issue “Technological Divides” has been recognised as one of the most important ones of the World Problematique.Technological Divides between societies as well as within each societyContinuously increasing technological gaps because of fast progress in technology, quickly leaving more and more people behindThe situation in the field of Divides is not very well knownBetter understanding of secondary effects of technological developmentsWorld Summit on Sustainable Development 2002 “No limits to Knowledge, but Limits to Poverty”World Summit on the Information Society, Geneva, 2003Digital Worlds, Paris, 2005
13 Goals of the project To analyse and evaluate existing Divides To understand what effects can Divides haveTo recognise appropriate strategies how to overcome the Divides.Structured in two main parts:First step: analysis and diagnosis of the existing situation in the field of Technological Divides i.e. access to technologies, ability to use, effective use together with potential impactsSecond step: elaboration of strategies how to overcome Divides
15 5. Some selected results of the project work – 5. Some selected results of the project work – Sustainability in EuropeA. Digital Divide in EuropeB. Sustainability in the Information SocietyC. Holistic education for sustainable development
16 A. Digital Divide in Europe Is Digital Divide a theme for Europe?At first view Not a special one compared with the world-wide situation.Where do we stand?Europe - Africa - America - other selected countries
19 Digital Divide in Europe - internal analysis By careful analysis of the situation: Divides between European societies and within societies between generations.Even within a country there are big regional differences concerning the Divides, particularly between big cities and rural areas.Gaps also between different educational levels.
20 Divides in EuropeFully „on-line“Moving forward„On-line“
21 B. Sustainability in the Information Society The emergence and use of ICT have beside primary desired effects also secondary (negative) ones in all human activity fields and on the environment.With the present usage patterns of ICT the sustainability of our society will be put under question.Emerging the Information Society is necessary but does not assure per se the sustainability of our society because of rebound-effects in all human activity fields and on environment.Reduction of energy consumption by using ICT?Less environmental impacts by using ICT?More welfare by using ICT?Emerging the Information Society in unequal way in the world will leave more and more people behind - African situation
22 C. Holistic educationEducation - key issue for the world sustainability !In his book "Continuity, Innovation and Change", HRH Prince Hassan, former President of the Club of Rome, pointed out the need for education as a key issue for achieving these three human goals: continuity, innovation, and change. These are the fundamentals of sustainable development of our society.Three dimensions of education are recognised: infrastructure, methodologies and values. All these three dimensions of education are of crucial importance for the educational process regardless about which region we are talking about. Frameworks (economic, politic, social, cultural) are, in our opinion, the bound elements between these dimensions.It is to be clarified how important are these three spheres for educational processes.
23 From tt30 for consideration to the CoR Life-Cycles in our Dynamic WorldRebound effectsShort-term thinkingEducationLack of long-term ResponsibilityAcceleration
24 Networking & spreading our results Partnerships through project teams with other global organisations for emerging the tt30 innovation potentialSeveral articles. For example: “An Agenda for the Young generation” in “Europe in Perspective of Global Change”, ed. Antoni Kuklinski, Warsaw 2003Book: Exploring a worthwhile Future for AllOrganising and participating in international conferences for spreading out the tt30 ideas related to sustainable development
25 University "1 Decembrie 1918" Alba Iulia, Romania, 23th - 25th February, Kick-off conference of the Network for Sustainability Strategies, Monitoring and Management in South Eastern Europe (NESSEE 06)
26 6. Conclusionstt30 is acting by its great innovation potential for assuring the sustainable development of our worldThere are different major problems regarding sustainability in different parts of the world.Technological Divides: a very complex and interdisciplinary fieldDivides in the world - qualitatively differentRebound-effects are dangerous for the sustainable development of our societyGlobal emerging the Information Society - is this the sustainable way ?Education - key issue regarding overcoming Divides and the driving force for Sustainable Development
28 University "1 Decembrie 1918" Alba Iulia, Romania, 23th - 25th February, Kick-off conference of the Network for Sustainability in South Eastern Europe (NESSEE)Thursday, Feb. 23th: Official opening of the conferenceFriday, Feb. 24th: Sustainable Development1. Sustainable Development and Society, Institutionalisation, Networks2. Energy/Environmental Aspects and Sustainable Development, Initiatives3. Economy/Educational Aspects and Sustainable Development, InitiativesSaturday, Feb. 25th: Future working wayLaunching the Network for Sustainability in South Eastern Europe
29 Technological Divides - Standard definition Technological Divides: gaps between societies or specific societal groups in access as well as in ability to use and effective use of (new) technologies in practice.Problems here: with which eyes (from which part) do we look at the gaps? What is the cultural understanding for how to use technologies and for which goals?
34 Sustainability? For American/European countries - rebound-effects ! For African/Arabic countries: early stage of emerging the Information SocietyFor American/European countries: how to use technological applications without compromising sustainable development?For African/Arabic countries: how to solve basic Technological Divides: water supply, energy supply, infrastructure, Divides in environmental technologies? It does not make sense to give each child in an African country an -address without having electrical power supply or even food! Considering the trends in the population growth and GNP/capita it is to be expected that these divides will deepen.There are Divides in Europe as well as in other world regions - but there are qualitative differences !