Mini-seminar: The social opportunities of sustainability

  • Posted on: 8 January 2019
  • By: Lotte Meijers

On the 23th of January a mini-seminar of the ministry of BZK will take place in The Hague. John Robinson, professor at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, and the School of the Environment, at the University of Toronto, will speak at this symposium. Anke van Hal, co-initiator of Parallel 52, was in regular contact with the Canadian John Robinson during her 2 year stay in Toronto, and became very inspired by his vision. He will share this vision during this symposium.

How to convince people to invest in their housing to contribute to the energy transition? And how to arrange these investments in neighborhoods where residents have other concerns to their hearing? For example since they are unemployed or quitted their education without certificate.

The ministry of BZK, in collaboration with Urban Futures Studio, organize a mini-seminar about the social opportunities of improving sustainability in neighborhoods. Including keynote speakers prof. John Robinson (University of Toronto), prof. Anke van Hal (Nyenrode Business University) and a contribution of prof Maarten Hajer (University of Utrecht), Ferdi Licher (Managing director Building and Energy BZK) and others.

During the symposium John Robinson and Anke van Hal will share their experiences in Toronto and the Netherlands. Many interesting things in the field of socially inclusive sustainability are taking place in these regions. An important boundary condition of success is that participation will be organized in a way, that it will also reach the group residents that normally is not involved in the participation processes. It requires special attention to approach and bind these equity-seeking groups.