Teaching Formats for Managing Transformation

Given that our site’s purpose primarily is to support teaching that prepares students for being responsible leaders oriented towards building a more sustainable future, I want to highlight the nine courses that received this year’s “Ideas Worth Teaching Award” by the Aspen Institute’s Business and Society Program. I only noted the Awards in more detailContinue reading “Teaching Formats for Managing Transformation”

A Long Night of Utopia

Last night I attended my first cultural event since January. Fittingly with our utopian endeavour and thoughts that have kept me busy during the Covid-19 lockdown, it was a utopian event – the “Long Night of Utopia” organized by my university, the Johannes Kepler University in Linz. The event combined two or even three aimsContinue reading “A Long Night of Utopia”

The Great Mindshift

Göpel, M. 2016. The Great Mindshift. How a New Economic Paradigmand Sustainability Transformations go Hand in Hand. Springer Sustainable development is the 21st Century’s wicked problem. After 40 years into this agenda have reversed only few unsustainable trends we hear the call for a paradigm shift, transformation, radical change or system innovations in order to finally changeContinue reading “The Great Mindshift”

Organizing Hope

Ericsson, D. & Kostera, M. 2020. Organizing Hope. Narratives for a Better Future. Edward Elgar. Crumbling social institutions, disintegrating structures, and a profound sense of uncertainty are the signs of our time. In this book, this contemporary crisis is explored and illuminated, providing narratives that suggest how the notion of hope can be leveraged toContinue reading “Organizing Hope”

Robotization of Work?

Czarniawska, B. & Jorges, B. 2020. Robotization of Work? Answers from Popular Culture, Media and Social Sciences. Edward Elgar. In this book, Barbara Czarniawska and Bernward Joerges examine the hopes and fears around work and job security inspired by automation, from the original coining of the term ‘robot’ to the present day media fascination. HaveContinue reading “Robotization of Work?”

Imaginary Futures: From Thinking Machines to the Global Village

Barbrook, R. (2007). Imaginary futures: From thinking machines to the global village. Pluto Press. Author and University of Westminster lecturer Dr. Richard Barbrook demonstrates in Imaginary Futures how politics influenced the way the Internet is controlled today and calls upon all who are cyber-connected to use the Internet for taking revolutionary politics into their own hands, to createContinue reading “Imaginary Futures: From Thinking Machines to the Global Village”

True Wealth: How and Why Millions of Americans are Creating a Time-rich, Ecologically Light, Small-scale, High-satisfaction Economy

Schor, J. B. (2011). True wealth: How and why millions of Americans are creating a time-rich, ecologically light, small-scale, high-satisfaction economy. Penguin. Sociologist Juliet B. Schor has thought for a long time about how we can leave the trap of working very long hours for paying the raising bills for things we do not really needContinue reading “True Wealth: How and Why Millions of Americans are Creating a Time-rich, Ecologically Light, Small-scale, High-satisfaction Economy”

Governing the Commons: The evolution of Institutions for Collective Action

Ostrom, E. (1990). Governing the commons: The evolution of institutions for collective action. Cambridge university press. “When individuals who have high discount rates and little mutual trust act independently, without the capacity to communicate, to enter into binding agreements, and to arrange for monitoring and enforcing mechanisms, they are not likely to choose jointly beneficial strategiesContinue reading “Governing the Commons: The evolution of Institutions for Collective Action”

The Public Value of the Social Sciences: An Interpretive Essay

Brewer, J. D. (2013). The public value of the social sciences: An interpretive essay. Bloomsbury. In The Public Value of the Social Sciences, the social sciences are under threat from two main sources. One is external, reflected in a global university crisis that imposes the marketization of higher education on the ancient practice of scholarship. TheContinue reading “The Public Value of the Social Sciences: An Interpretive Essay”

The Imaginary Institution of Society

Castoriadis, C. (1997). The imaginary institution of society. MIT Press. The Imaginary Institution of Society was first published in France in 1975. Castoriadis offers a brilliant and far-reaching analysis of the unique character of the social-historical world and its relations to the individual, to language, and to nature. He argues that most traditional conceptions of society andContinue reading “The Imaginary Institution of Society”