Making the Great Transformation | A Pardee Center Conference

Making the Great TransformationThe conference discussants and participants analyze why transitions happen, and why they matter. Transitions are those wide-ranging changes in human organization and well being that can be convincingly attributed to a concerted set of choices that make the world that was significantly and recognizably different from the world that becomes.

Transition scholars argue that that history does not just stumble along a pre-determined path, but that human ingenuity and entrepreneurship have the ability to fundamentally alter its direction. However, our ability to ‘will’ such transitions remains in doubt. These doubts cannot be removed until we have a better understanding of how transitions work.

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Keynote Address: Millennium Development Goals, A Compact Among Nations To End Human Poverty

Dr. Sakiko Fukuda-Parr, UN Development Programme

Panel Discussion: What are Great Transformations?

Dr. Robert Kaufmann, Boston University

Prof. Adil Najam, presenting for: Robert Prescott-Allen, Consultant On the Wellbeing of Nations

Dr. Paul Raskin, Tellus Institute

Panel Discussion: How Do Transformations Happen?

Prof. Adil Najam, Fletcher School, Tufts University

Dr. David Ozonoff, Public Health, Boston University

Dr. John Haaga, Population Reference Bureau

Prof. Cutler Cleveland, CEES, Boston University

Panel Discussion: What Drives Transformations?

Prof. Cutler Cleveland, CEES, Boston University

Dr. Tariq Banuri, Tellus Institute

Dr. Pedro Conceicao, United Nations Development Programme

Panel Discussion: Transformations in the Making

Dr. Peter Saundry, National Council for Science and the Environment

Prof. Barry Hughes, University of Denver

Prof. Iqbal Z. Quadir, Harvard University