Consultations

EcoCiv interviews groups of experts from various sectors of society (e.g., agriculture, economics, education, etc.) to research and distill the core ecological ideas within each field. The purpose of these consultations is to unite currently fragmented sustainability efforts within each sector by articulating a common vision and concrete steps necessary to transition toward ecological civilization (a “Roadmap”).

Sectors & Roadmaps


Consultations Held:

Economics Consultation #1

Our first Economics Consultation focused on discussions of the major options for sustainable economic practices. We use the phrase “economics toward ecological civilization” for this goal. EcoCiv does not advocate for a particular school or champion a single set of answers. Instead, we conduct research to better understand the major schools—environmental, ecological, and other economic models represented by those we interview—in order to formulate shared principles, emphasizing areas of consensus more than disagreement. Put differently, EcoCiv conducts pragmatic research in economics with the goal of finding common ground (a basis for collaborative action), rather than advocating a particular school or thinker to the exclusion of all others.

October 25-26, 2015
Interviews & Conversations with:

  • Joseph Prabhu (Cal State LA)
  • David Korten (Harvard Business School)
  • Julie Nelson (University of Massachusetts Boston)
  • David Barkin (Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana in México City)
  • Giorgos Kallis (SOAS University of London)
  • Peter Victor (York University)
  • Patricia Perkins (York University)
  • Eric Pineault (Université du Québec à Montréal
  • How Do Ecology and Economics Connect? (Korten)

  • Concentric Spheres of Environment, People, and Economics (Nelson)

  • What Is the Exploitation of Women's Work? (Perkins)

  • What Is the Connection Between Women's Labor and Natural Resources? (Perkins)

  • How Did the Industrial Revolution Change Economics? (Victor)

Education Consultation #1

In our Education Consultation, we asked a group of educators, education theorists, and educational policy makers, to draw upon their own research and experience in order to explore key proposals for developing education toward an ecological civilization. This included exploring particular proposals for educational reform; needed changes to pedagogies and curriculum, and examples of educational experiments that exemplify ecological education.

February 19-20, 2016
Interviews & Conversations with: 

  • Frederick Kirschenmann, Distinguished Fellow, Leopold Center  for Sustainable Agriculture, Iowa State University
  • Cal DeWitt, Professor, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at University of Wisconsin – Madison
  • Gillian Judson, Director, Imaginative Education Research Group, and Lecturer, Simon Fraser University
  • Mary Elizabeth Moore, Dean of the School of Theology, Professor of Theology and Education, Co-Director of the Center for Practical Theology, Boston University
  • Charles Saylan, Executive Director, Ocean Conservation Society
  • Monty Hempel, Professor and Director of the Center of Environmental Studies, University of Redlands
  • Stephen Rowe, Professor of Philosophy, Grand Valley State University
  • Adam Scarfe, Professor of Philosophy, University of Winnipeg
  • Jennifer Seydel, Executive Director, Green Schools National Network
  • Robert Regnier, Department Head, Educational Foundations, University of Saskatchewan
  • Holmes Rolston, University Distinguished Professor, Colorado State University
  • Mark Dibben, Associate Professor in Management, Tasmanian School of Business and Economics, University of Tasmania
  • Sandra Lubarsky, Department Chair, Sustainable Development, Appalachian State University
  • Marcus Ford, Professor, Comparative Cultural Studies, Northern Arizona University
  • Why is Ecological Education Necessary? (Moore)

  • What Does Ecological Education Mean? (DeWitt)

  • Teach Action Alongside Awareness (Saylan)

  • What Is the Value of Community In Ecological Education? (Hempel)

  • The Importance of Imagination and Emotion In Ecological Education (Judson)

Economics Consultation #2

After the first consultation on economics, we realized that the central importance and massive scope of the topic required an additional consultation. In our second Economics Consultation, we attempted to fill some of the gaps left after our initial consultation (schools of thought that weren’t represented, key voices not heard, etc.).

April 3-4, 2016
Interviews & Conversation with:

  • Jonathan Harris (Tufts University)
  • Sabine O’Hara  (UDC)
  • Josh Farley (Gund Institute at U Vermont)
  • Mark Sagoff (George Mason University, Breakthrough Institute)
  • Robert Costanza (Australian National University)
  • Richard Norgaard (UC Berkeley)
  • Brian Czech (Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy)
  • Emanuele Campiglio (London School of Economics)
  • Peter G. Brown (McGill University)
  • Susan Witt and Alice Maggio (Schumacher Center for a New Economics)
  • Gar Alperovitz (Democracy Collaborative)