On June 28-30, 2011, the National Institute of Science, Technology and Development Studies (Delhi) organised an international seminar on Innovation, Sustainability and Development in partnership with the Centre for Development Studies-Trivandrum and the STEPS Centre, UK.
Below you can find the programme, as well as links to videos of the speakers and presentations, where these are available.
By Adrian Ely, Patrick Van Zwanenberg and Andy Stirling
The report builds on work previously conducted as part of the Manifesto and research carried out during the first phase of the STEPS Centre.
It explores the role that ‘new models’ of technology assessment can play in improving the lives of poor and vulnerable populations in the developing world. The ‘new models’ addressed here combine citizen and decision-maker participation with technical expertise. They are virtual and networked rather than being based in a single office of technology assessment (as was the case in the United States in the 1970s-90s). They are flexible enough to address issues across disciplines and are increasingly transnational or global in their reach and scope.
Dr Edmilson Costa Teixeira, Associate Professor at the Department of Environmental Engineering at the Universidade Federal do Espirito Santo will be hosting a ‘cultural café’ discussion focussing on the New Manifesto in Vitoria, South-East Brazil on 13 May 2011.
Dr Costa Teixeira is a specialist in water management and will be discussing the Manifesto with members (students, associated researchers, lecturers) of his research group LabGest and some invited reseachers from other departments, and asking what it means in the context of their work.
The ‘Limits to Growth Forum’ brought together a series of expert speakers to address the inherent problems of our current economic system, and explore the possible alternatives for ‘beyond growth’ economics. Speakers included Andrew Simms (New Economics Forum), Caroline Lucas MP (Green Party), Prof Peter Victor (York University), Richard Wilkinson (author, “The Spirit Level”), Molly Scott Cato (Cardiff Institute for Co-operative Studies) and Prof Mary Mellor (Northumbria University). The forum was part of Green Week at the University of Sussex.
Melissa Leach, Andy Stirling and Adrian Ely will be presenting the New Manifesto in Paris on the afternoon of 6 January.
The discussion (in French) will invite responses from French government and non-governmental stakeholders, and will focus on domestic implications of the manifesto as well as international opportunities.