Webinars: Developing Action-Oriented Research for Transformation


Join us for four webinars delving into ART: Action-oriented Research for Transformation. These are presented in preparation for the ART meeting at Chalmers University March 7-10.

Registration: For all these webinars, register here.

Who is transforming whom? Transformation & action researchers – the challenges and promise
  1. Lead Discussant: Million Belay
  2. Hosts: Hilary Bradbury/ Steve Waddell
  3. Date/Time: Jan. 16, 75 minutes starting 8 am PT/11am ET/4pm UK/5pm CET
  4. Description: Transformations oriented work requires action-oriented research for two basic reasons.  One is that transformations are fundamentally about experimentation, learning and doing something that has never been done before. The second reason is that transformational work requires intimate engagement and self-awareness, which brings the whole person to the work; it is not just about changing something “out there,” but it is also about both changing ourselves and our mental models, and our relationships between the out there and the in here.  Nonetheless the term transformation when used in our inherited unilateral systems of change suggests a colonial mentality.

There are many challenges to undertaking transformational action research…let’s talk about them together.

#MeThree: Inviting suppressed experiences in self and stakeholders.
  1. Lead Discussant: Jean Hartmann
  2. Host: Hilary Bradbury/ Steve Waddell
  3. Date/Time: 30, 75 minutes starting 8 am PT/11am ET/4pm UK/5pm CET
  4. Description: #Me Too offers an example of huge social shift in a short time, emerging from local actions and using social media. It has much to teach us about transformation. As Action Researchers we ask, what comes after #MeToo? Hence the term #MeThree… a time in which previously suppressed voices are included in reflection on experience and design of future experiments. What do we know about inviting those voices to speak? Those voices both in ourselves and among our stakeholders?


Preserving bio-productivity & bio-diversity: A Large Scale AR Transformational Challenge
  1. Lead Discussant: Derk Loorbach
  2. Hosts: Hilary Bradbury/ Steve Waddell
  3. Date/Time: Feb. 13, 75 minutes starting 8 am PT/11am ET/4pm UK/5pm CET
  4. Description: Bio-diversity is rapidly, disastrously declining. The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) acknowledges failing on most targets and is searching for more transformative approaches to be embedded in the post 2020 framework that has to be agreed upon in Beijing in 2020. On the way to Beijing, a number of countries want to explore using approaches and tools provided by the transitions and transformations communities to accelerate shifts towards sustainable futures in food, energy, forestry and fisheries across the globe. We discuss ideas for a framework to provide such transition support and ask how action researchers can be engaged in this process to provide the knowledge, tools, capacities and skills to make this happen. Please join this webinar to learn about the transformational challenges to preserve biodiversity and become engaged in supporting this process.


Topic: Progressing collective goals such as a global virtual university: Invitation to join us at Chalmers
  1. Hosts and Lead Discussants:  Hilary Bradbury/ Steve Waddell
  2. Date/Time: 27, 75 minutes starting 8 am PT/11am ET/4pm UK/5pm CET
  3. Description: The Global University for Action Researchers in Transformation is a proposed learning platform, bringing together educators and learning participants. It is supporting people’s learning agendas and leveraging experiments in service of the SDG’s by 2030 — combining sustainability/SDG leading practices/science and personal leadership (“inner work”). ART GU is a collaborative effort, drawing on different partners learning platforms working in federation with one another.  It is leveraging the enormous (but often lost) wealth of peer reviewed science in actionable form.  The central organizing hub is AR+ until a robust proof of concept has been realized.

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