1st Transformative Knowledge Workshop


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The first of a series of annual Transformative Knowledge Workshops took place on the 17th to 19th November 2014 in Potsdam, Germany.

The overarching aim of the workshop is to lay the foundation for the global Transformations Knowledge Trust that is being developed through the ISSC’s Transformations to Sustainability Programme.

The workshop brings together the successful applicants from the seed funding phase with experts on transformative research and Steering Committee members. The first physical meeting of the Steering Committee will take place at this workshop.

The specific aims of the workshop are to:

General Information


Travel Claim Form

List of participants

Speaker Biographies



Introduction to Transformations to Sustainability Programme and the Workshop by Heide Hackmann

The Challenge – The Charge by Susi Moser


Guiding Question #1: What is transformation? by Frances Westley


Guiding Question #1: What is Transformation? by Joseph Tainter


Guiding Question #2: What and who initiates transformations? by Sarah Cook


Guiding Question #2: What and who initiates transformations? by Adam Habib

Guiding Question #3: How do transformations look? What are their characteristics? by Frans Berkhout

Guiding Question #3: How do transformations look? What are their characteristics? by Mary Watkins

Science-Policy Perspective: The Sustainability Imperative despite Staggering and Interconnected Crises by Klaus Töpfer

Guiding Question #5: Interactive writing exercise (no keynote talk)

Guiding Question #6: Can transformations toward desired futures be facilitated, steered or managed? by Melissa Leach

Guiding Question #6: Can Transformations toward desired futures be facilitated steered or managed? by Enrique Leff

Guiding Question #7: What does transformative science look like? by Ed Hackett

Integration: Global Change, sustainability & transformations (panel of synthesizers)