• Invitation to the 6th Viennese Talks on Resilience and Networks 13/2/2020

    Climate Change: Building Resilience through Dialogue and unconventional Collaboration


    Recently, there have been clear disruptions in both the meteorological and the political climates: Extreme weather events increased on a global scale. At the same time, calls for action and attention became more polarized and fragmented. In certain countries and among certain people there is a growing awareness of the need for action, as evidenced by social movements such as Fridays for Future. On the other hand, political voices which doubt the importance of international cooperation gain more and more impact. Furthermore, a tension is perceived between the ecological concern (about the “end of the world”) on the one hand and the social concern (about the “end of the month”) on the other.
    There are many proposed solutions to fight climate change. But so far there is little agreement on the prioritisation and implementation of the different approaches. For these kinds of problems, the “Theory of Plural Rationality” suggests so-called “clumsy solutions”. Instead of finding the lowest common denominator between different positions (and, in case of doubt, doing nothing), clumsy solutions propose the aggregation of different solutions. Climate change can only be met by including all voices which exist in the climate debate. This requires, among other things, to cooperate with people we don’t agree with or like or trust.

    The 6th Viennese Conference on Resilience and Networks will cover the following questions:

    • Which requirements must be met in order to make clumsy solutions possible in the field of climate policy?
    • What is it that enables us to collaborate with people we disagree with, dislike or distrust?
    • What remedy for action is possible to allow the discourse to transcend the differences?
    • How does insight into systems theory, systems thinking, and resilience aid clumsy solutions?
    • Who acts as brokers in the climate network landscape?
    • Which culture, which mindset and which formats do we need in order, as Heinz von Foerster put it, to act so that the number of choices and alternatives increases?


    The “6th Viennese Talks on Resilience and Networks” is organized by the research team: Michael Thompson (IIASA), Brian Fath (IIASA and Towson University) and Harald Katzmair (Founder and CEO FASresearch) and hosted by the Federation of Austrian Industries in Vienna.

    The event takes place on Tuesday, the 17th of March 2020 from 8:30am – 4:00pm at the Federation of Austrian Industries in Vienna.

    Participation is for free, but we kindly ask you to register till the 28th of February 2020 via email:

    We are looking forward to your participation!
    Harald Katzmair & Team



    Previous Viennese Talks on Resilience and Networks:


    The research project is powered by Klima- und Energiefonds

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