GET INVOLVED WITH SEED

If you’re interested in participating, or would simply like to learn more about the project, please contact Dirk Philipsen at dirk.philipsen@duke.edu

In general, there are currently five program areas in which SEED is engaged:

GET INVOLVED WITH SEED

If you’re interested in participating, or would simply like to learn more about the project, please contact Sean Mason at sean.mason@duke.edu

In general, there are currently five program areas in which SEED is engaged:

1.     ALTERNATIVE ECONOMIC METRICS

  • Research on alternative economic metrics from around the world;
  • Publication of an alternative metrics primer (both online and in physical form);

2.     INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH

  • Research policies and practices at the national and international level that reorient the economy towards well-being. 
  • Researchers from a diverse range of backgrounds are invited to join.

3.     VISUALIZING CHALLENGES WITH GROWTH

Work with artists in visualizing challenges with economic growth as defined by GDP, including commodification leading to inequality, unsustainable material throughput, ecosystem depletion, climate change, market failures, unaccounted negative externalities, threats to democratic governance.  We’re interested in developing short videos and multiple possible versions of innovative graphic design in order to communicate complicated data and research findings in an accessible fashion.

4.     SERIOUS GAMING – DEVELOPING SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS

Develop both physical and online games asking players, by building new coalitions and collaborative efforts, to develop creative answers to core challenges such as the need to end use of fossil fuels, provide basic security to all citizens, reduce amount of work while providing work opportunities for everyone, empower localities, reduce conflict, etc.  Such games offer opportunities for players to develop, in collaboration with each other, new and creative solutions, feel empowered to make a difference, learn about both challenges and the way they play out in real life, as well as change attitudes and viewpoints.

5.     LOOKING BACKWARDS REVISITED

Put together a team of international researchers/writers/advocates (6 to 8 in number) to create a model for an equitable and sustainable society based on best available knowledge, including specialists on work/technology/economy, urban planning, information technology, agriculture, ecosystem services, democratic governance.
Use research findings for:

  1.  A fictional/utopian account of what such a equitable and sustainable society would look like, along the lines of Edward Bellamy’s Looking Backward (written in 1888) – i.e. an entertaining, popular and broadly accessible portrait of a possible/realistic version of a sustainable and free society;
  2.  An online version of possible solutions to today’s most pressing sustainability challenges.