Magdalena Langer, Niklas Mischkowski and Christoph M. Pfisterer | 20.07.2016

How to Become an Effective Change Maker for Sustainability? An Interactive Session About Visions and Success Factors.

C.M. Pfisterer, N. Mischkowski and M. Langer. Source: N. Mischkowski
C.M. Pfisterer, N. Mischkowski and M. Langer. Source: N. Mischkowski

20.07.2016 | 16:00 - 17:30 | Uni Freiburg | Tennenbacher Str. 4, D 79106 Freiburg, Germany | Herderbau, Room 200.


About: The session is based on the results of the 2016 FREIBURG FORUM ON ENVIRONMENTAL GOVERNANCE that took place in April at the University of Freiburg. Three students of the international Masters program Environmental Governance will guide participants through a one hour interactive session. Magdalena Langer is engaged in the field of environmental education and global learning. She is interested in community development and non-violent communication. Niklas Mischkowski is passionate about governance from hands-on nature protection to entrepreneurial activism. He is recently working on a sustainable business model paper, if not happily occupied with jazz and folk music.  Christoph M. Pfisterer is working as a freelancer in the field of mobility transformations, recently for ICLEI - Local governments for sustainability and The Urban Idea GmbH. His Ashtanga Yoga practice helps him build peace of mind and body.


Session: "The quality of results in any kind of socio-economic system is a function of the awareness that people in the system are operating from“ (Scharmer, 2013).  Popular sustainability change makers seem to have abundant energy! A vast pool of resources and awareness allows them to engage and impact society again and again. What are their success factors? The first part of the seminar session reveals insights from change makers from government, NGO, grassroots movements and international politics.

In the second part, we want to explore the deeper dimension of social action: What is the inner place we are operating from to install change towards sustainable societies? What is our vision to do so? These are underlying motives that inherently direct our presence and actions, but tend to be outside the range of our normal observation, attention, and awareness. Using the Presencing approach by MIT professor Otto Scharmer, participants of this seminar session will learn about self-dialogue and engage in exercises.