As the storm lashes the Mother City, I am on the opposite end of the planet in one of the safest places in the world – Helsinki. I am attending the 20th meeting of the International Resource Panel. Yesterday I got approval for the finalisation of the research project that I have been leading called the Resource Requirements of Future Urbanization. Compiled by an international team, it was scrutinized by no less than 21 external reviewers in a blind review process! And remarkably, all were complimentary about the report, but in total nearly 100 significant changes need to be made. Such a pleasure to be part of such a scientifically rigorous process (albeit during the process it is easy to curse it). Then my friend Maarten and I go hiking this weekend in a nearby national park, and next week I will be in Utrecht – this will be a more relaxed ‘time-out’ in another ultra-safe place. So looking forward to the meandering streets and great cafes, and more talks with Maarten, of course (he heads up the Urban Futures Studio). I then head to Gothenburg in Sweden to present a paper at the annual Sustainability Transitions conference on the dynamics of the global urban transition.
- Green New Deal in Africa – talk at the Rethinking Economics in Africa Conference, Wits
- 20 year anniversary of the Sustainability Institute
- Looking back on a roller-coaster ride over the past few weeks…..
- South African probe into corruption awaits a star witness – Jacob Zuma
- Co-teaching the Globalization and Development module with Gael Giraud
- Can economic policy escape state capture? on
- Reflections on Experimentation, Futuring and Incrementalism, with special reference to the African context on
- Global trends, SA context – the centrality of the global renewable energy revolution on
- Renewables, oil peak and the crisis of banking on
- Weight of Cities, Experimentation and Transdisciplinarity on