WISIONS of Sustainability

The main objective of WISIONS is to make clean energy a default solution for basic energy needs in developing regions, by helping local partners to identify successes and bring them to scale through regional networks, marketing and demonstration. Read more about WISIONS activities, goals and background.

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SEPS Exchange "Dragón de la Nueva Flama – Dragon of the New Flame"

News from WISIONS posted on January 22nd, 2015

One of our recent SEPS Exchanges entitled "Dragón de la Nueva Flama – Dragon of the New Flame" by IRRI México and ConcentrArte was recently successfully concluded. The main objective of the exchange activities was to develop an innovative methodology for identifying, motivating and educating potential biogas technology users as well as enhancing feedback and dialogue among the users in Mexico and other Latin American regions.Read moreMinimize

The methodology makes use of artistic and creative activities in order to build emotional connections to the technology, which encourages greater acceptance and a better sense of ownership. IRRI México and ConcentrArte created the "Legend of the Dragon of the New Flame", which describes the environmental and social problems related to the unsustainable use of firewood and inappropriate disposal of organic wastes. The "Dragon of the New Flame" is used as a metaphor for biodigesters and the alternatives they offer for using natural resources in a more sustainable way.

IRRI and ConcentrArte developed various playful games and activities based on the legend, which were intended to unlock the emotional channels in both adults and children and, in turn, to provide excellent conditions for transferring and presenting knowledge in a participative way. Promotional activities using this creative approach were carried out in several rural communities in the Hidalgo and Yucatan states in Mexico. These practical experiences served to validate the effectiveness of the art-based methodology as well as adapt and improve materials and tools. 

The experiences and results have been systematised and published in a manual, only available in Spanish, which can be downloaded here [pdf].

Additionally, on Sistema Biobolsa's YouTube Channelyou can find videos that complement the written materials, along with other information such as:

- a description of the project; and

- a version of the play "Legend of the Dragon of the New Flame".

More details are also available at ”Dragón de la Nueva Flama“ - Dragon of the New Flame (SEPS10) and there is an extensive photo album on our Facebook page.

Meet the WISIONS team at the "On Sustainability" Conference in Copenhagen

News from WISIONS posted on January 20th, 2015

The WISIONS team will participate in the 2015 edition of the "On Sustainability" Conference which will take place from 21 - 23 January at the Scandic Hotel in Copenhagen, Denmark.Read moreMinimize

This interdisciplinary conference, and its companion collection of journals, invites scholars to discuss sustainability through a holistic perspective, where environmental, cultural, economic, and social concerns intersect. The special focus of this years conference is "Sustainability Dividends - Developmental Fault Lines".

The WISIONS team will present a keynote lecture on "Fostering the Transition Process in Developing Regions by Supporting Sustainable Energy Implementation Models and Regional Networks". 

To find out more information about the conference, please visit OnSustainability.com.

Call for abstracts for the RGS-IBG Annual Conference 2015

News from WISIONS posted on January 15th, 2015

The 2015 Annual Conference of the Royal Geographic Society in conjunction with IBG will be held from 2 – 4 September 2015 at the University of Exeter, United Kingdom. The overall theme of this years conference is "Geographies of the Anthropocene". This theme aims to bring all areas of the discipline to the table, including the physical geography and climate science communities.Read moreMinimize

The WISIONS team from the Wuppertal Institute will lead a session entitled "What are appropriate delivery models for sustainable energy access in the developing world?". The objective of this session is to create a better understanding of the concepts behind different types of project implementation models, to share common challenges and to highlight key success factors. 

If you are interested in participating in this session of the scientific conference, we invite you to submit your abstract proposal by 9 February 2015.

Find out more information about this call for abstracts here and information on the RGS-IBG Annual Conference 2015 here.

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