Karlsruhe School of Sustainability
Estonia / Germany
Dr. Kaidi Tamm lives at Karlsruhe and is member of the scientific staff at the Karlsruhe School of Sustainability (Institute for Technology Assessment and System Analysis ITAS). Studies of Semiotics, Culture Studies and Social sciences with focus on Political Studies at the University of Tartu in Estonia. Master studies in social-ecological research of social movements. Doctoral studies in Sociology at Justus-Liebig-University Gießen at the International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture (GCSC) with a thesis on qualitative sustainability research. Her fields of work are: Transdisciplinary, participative and transformative sustainability research; Social and cultural dimensions of sustainability; Sustainable development and education; Civil society, social movements and community studies; Personal sustainability and value change; (Inter)national sustainability governance; Sustainable urban development; Political philosophy and utopian studies.
With Stella Veciana
The workshop intents to encourage, explore and share our experiences on Personal Sustainability as a relevant key to sustainability transition and how to implement it in our daily life. (1) In a first part to the workshop contents and arguments of the book “Personal Sustainability: Exploring the Far Side of Sustainable Development” will be presented. With the personal sustainability concept the editors want to explore the personal, subjective and individual aspects of sustainable development that shape the ability to live in a way that is sustainable for oneself and one’s surrounding. A qualitative view on the inner situation of a person includes the inner conditions shaping their lived experiences, scope of action and perception. According to our approach the inner and outer sustainability are not separate, but interconnected dimensions. The facets that affect personal sustainability include a set of primarily outer characteristics such as physical health or natural beauty, as well as inner features such as consciousness, spiritual, cultural and worldview related aspects or a sense of wellbeing. These facets also include perceptions, bodily experiences, as well as thoughts and values, needs and wishes, emotional and habitual patterns. In individual cases and different circumstances the inner needs and qualities that support personal sustainability can differ. (2) During a second interactive part we want to share our views and experiences of personal sustainability and aim to create a working group on this issue for further research and exchange.
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