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Sustainability, social innovations and information technology

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Is a bitcoin a social innovation? Is it sustainable? It depends on the point of view. Who is a sustainable leader? Can you learn about it to become one?
A result of TeachSus project, presented on 15. Feb. 2019 in Ljubljana, Slovenia (Multiplier Event).

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Sustainability, social innovations and information technology

  1. 1. Sustainability, social innovation and information technologies TeachSUS project (Training and educating for Sustainability) Dr. Tomislav Rozman 15. 2. 2019, Ljubljana, TPC
  2. 2. Examples of non-sustainable products (env. point of view) • Some of my personal items which failed recently: A haircutter A screwdriver Battery failed after 2yrs. Battery failed after 2yrs. Impossible to replace (had to destroy the battery at disassembly) Hard to replace (complete disassembly) A quick solution: bypass soldering of power supply (wire) , 3 hrs of my time Replacement pack cost:15€ (more than a tool)+ 2 hrs of my time A clear example of profit over sustainable thinking: a majority would throw it away A clear example of profit over sustainable thinking: a majority would throw it away
  3. 3. Common sense is not so common • Is the printed material more or less sustainable than electronic version?  Producing one cell phone/tablet generates 75kg waste  Producing one ton of paper requires 100 metric tons of water … „the carbon emitted in the life cycle of an Amazon Kindle is fully offset after the first year of use, as long as the owner downloads more than 22 books in a year“, Cleantech More research is needed regarding the footprint of electronics, which means there is no "average environmental footprint" for e-media.
  4. 4. What‘s the connection between sustainability, social innovation and IT? Example: Venezuela & bitcoin Dilemmas: Is the bitcoin social innovation? Is the bitcoin sustainable?
  5. 5. Two sides of ‚social innovation‘ – bitcoin example • ‚Social innovation‘: „ … meets social needs, … strengthens society … social purpose … changes existing solutions …“ • No – made a handful of rich, deep web payments, volatile • Yes – a case of Venezuela • Hyperinflation since 2014 Source: https://cointelegraph.com/news/how-venezuela-came-to-be-one-of-the-biggest-markets-for-crypto-in-the-world
  6. 6. Two sides of ‚social innovation‘ – bitcoin example: • Yes – a case of Venezuela • Hyperinflation since 2014 • Storing value to crypto instead of bolivar, resistance to the government • "Even though Bitcoin is volatile, it’s still safer than the national currency.„ • Dash, Petro (local cryptocurrency) Source: https://cointelegraph.com/news/how-venezuela-came-to-be-one-of-the-biggest-markets-for-crypto-in-the-world
  7. 7. Is it sustainable? – bitcoin example: Source: https://digiconomist.net/bitcoin-energy-consumption Economic Environmental Social Yes – for a handful Yes – for countries with inflation No – for the majority of ‚investors‘ The future will tell  No – the transactions are power-hungry Yes – it dampens the negative effects of inflation (the case of Venezuela)
  8. 8. Our sustainability training – What it covers?
  9. 9. IT as a core driver of social innovation? Open source? Source: https://blog.k2datascience.com/software-engineering-fundamentals-open-source-contributions-f09c331bbca8 Open education? But, are they sustainable? Creative Commons?
  10. 10. Who is sustainable leader? • Why do we need them? • How he/she is different from ‚normal‘ manager / leader?
  11. 11. The structure of the course, details Animated skillcard Related online courses: Sustainability Manager, Social Responsibility Manager
  12. 12. The on-line and mobile learning Related online courses: Sustainability Manager, Social Responsibility Manager http://elearning.bicero.com
  13. 13. „Where should we put our focus for the updated course?“ 1. If you look back, which sustainability topics did you miss in your learning path? 2. What kind of topics related to sustainability management would you (YOUR KIDS) love to hear and attend? 3. What is the single biggest issue related to the sustainability in your organisation? 4. Can social innovations improve the world? How, ideas?
  14. 14. Where to see more? http://teachsus.bicero.com FB page Linkedin Group
  15. 15. Backup slides  (by Gabriela Fistis)
  16. 16. slide 17 General Objectives  The general objective of TeachSUS project is to create a common new non-formal education structure for sustainability in order to enable institution and organizations involved in education and adult training/ professional development from all over Europe to plan learning experiences that empower their students/beneficiaries to develop and evaluate alternative visions of a sustainable future and to work creatively with major stakeholders from economic sector in order to assure the practical link between education for sustainability and real economy/ community needs.
  17. 17. slide 18 Specific objectives (1)  A new learning methodology for sustainability, developed through cooperation and exchange of practice between teachers / trainers and staff responsible for support services at different educational levels, in that way that suite the most for the market necessity, made available as open / digital resource.  A new course, and accompanying learning materials and tools for adult learners created, that will bring more insights for those which train sustainability or only specific concepts thought their education series, translated in partners and English languages for broad dissemination; >60 students trained online in the project period.  Flexible digital resource created, which could add value to any type of training teaches within universities or high schools which should integrate topics about sustainability.
  18. 18. slide 19 Specific objectives (2)  Capacity of project partners to address education for sustainability increased trough train of trainer’s common session, with 20 beneficiaries.  A network of tree Excellence Sustainability Centers created in Romania, Hungary and Portugal, where coaching methods and tools for adult learners will be brought into a suitable place for the non-formal education by experts coming from private companies to coach, tutor other trainers from other institutions/organization.  More than 15000 persons informed using broad dissemination of project vision/objectives and future results assured at local, national and European level through different media (web-based, conferences, interviews, social Medias, events etc.).  More than 20 company representatives involved in the first Sustainability Excellence Center workshop.
  19. 19. slide 20 THANK YOU

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