6 February 2010

Mobilizing Knowledge and Knowledge Institutions


He emphasized on the contribution of IGES in mobilizing knowledge to inform a multitude of stakeholders. He talked about how knowledge institutions can lead to more effective sustainable development practices. Giving an insight on the linkages between policy and science, he presented three strategic approaches to influence policy processes - science, statistics, and good practices.
He focused on three kinds of knowledge mobilizations - an international pledge for climate change; scientific knowledge mobilization; and biodiversity conservation. He highlighted the integration of traditional knowledge with modern science for creating new co-management systems.
She advised rethinking a new definition for knowledge that brings together science and technology on a common platform along with social sciences. She emphasized that knowledge institutions should be centers of integration for experiences from various stakeholders. She highlighted the role of university students in advancing the agenda of climate change.
Prof. Hironori Hamanaka Chair of the Board of Directors, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, Japan   HE Mr Hideki Minamikawa Deputy Vice Minister, Ministry of the Environment, Japan   Prof. Heather Munroe-Blum Principal (President) and Vice-Chancellor, Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, McGill University, Canada  

He focused on four thought provoking themes - the changes in drivers of knowledge; the trends in evolution of knowledge institutions and the vast knowledge generated from these; new mechanisms for mobilizing knowledge; and how knowledge can act as a cross-cutting resource for integrating climate change and sustainable development.
He talked about the need to change the way people see nature and society, by introducing the concept of ‘liberal art education to practice’. He emphasized on innovative education systems such as establishing a Global Student Research forum.
He explained the role of businesses in climate change and sustainability issues, using the concepts of three prints - footprint (deals with carbon emissions), handprint (positive actions that change markets), and blueprint (deals with broader policy frameworks needed to drive changes leading to sustainable development). He also discussed the ways through which knowledge institutions drive businesses.
Dr Arabinda Mishra Director-Climate Change, Centre for Global Environment Research, TERI, India   Prof Jehuda Reinharz President, Brandeis University, USA   Mr Jeff Seabright Vice President - Environment and Water, The Coca-Cola Company, USA  

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