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Manfred Fischedick

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Verkehrs- und Klimapolitik, Wuppertal Institut fuer Klima, Umwelt, Energie, Abteilung Energie, Wuppertal, Germany

Dorothea Schostok

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Miriam Müller

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Mona Treude

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Article 0 Reads 0 Citations Vision Development towards a Sustainable North Rhine-Westphalia 2030 in a Science-Practice-Dialogue Miriam Müller, Oscar Reutter Published: 26 June 2017
Sustainability, doi: 10.3390/su9071111
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The paper presents the results of a participatory vision development process in the Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) in Germany. The vision development was part of a scientific research project that accompanied the development of a sustainability strategy for NRW at state level. The Sustainability Strategy NRW was adopted in July 2016 and contains parts of the vision developed in the research project: Sentences from the narrative text vision and proposed targets and indicators that back-up the vision for a sustainable NRW in 2030 were used by the state of NRW. The vision was developed in iterative steps in three consecutive dialogue rounds with different stakeholders from science and practice. The paper presents the methodological approach and the results of the vision formulation process. The paper discusses the lessons learned from the vision development—from both practical and theoretical perspectives of transition management. The paper explores the relevance of setting ambitious targets for sustainable development as part of a state strategy by taking the proposed target of a “4 × 25% modal split” by 2030 as an example. The project demonstrated that a participatory approach for vision development is time and resource consuming, but worth the effort as it improves the quality and acceptance of a vision. Furthermore, the project demonstrated that transformative science contributes valuable inputs for sustainability transitions and for facilitating participatory vision development.
Article 0 Reads 0 Citations The Future of North Rhine-Westphalia-Participation of the Youth as Part of a Social Transformation towards Sustainable D... Mona Treude, Dorothea Schostok, Oscar Reutter, Manfred Fisch... Published: 18 June 2017
Sustainability, doi: 10.3390/su9061055
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The future belongs to the youth, but do they really have a say in it? Learning processes with regard to a successful socio-ecological change must start in childhood and adolescence in order to succeed in social transformation. The youth cannot be a passive part in a changing society—they have to be actively included in its design. When allowed to participate, young people can make important and effective contributions—which should not be reduced to sub-projects and opportunity structures. In a socio-political context, participation means involvement, collaboration, and commitment. In the context of intra- and inter-generational equity, as the core part of sustainable development, participation strategies should be developed that allow for a permanent and purposeful involvement of children and adolescents. Participation of young people is an important and appropriate step in strengthening those who are so strongly affected by the planning processes but are otherwise powerless. A successful involvement and participation of non-professional actors requires a target group-oriented method, a supportive culture of participation, as well as clarity and decision latitude. Abiding by these rules leads to central results.
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