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Engaging Individuals to act Strategically Towards Sustainability
Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering.
Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering.
2005 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year))Student thesis
Abstract [en]

In order to reach sustainability, all parts of the system “individuals within organisations within society within the biosphere” must change. Individuals are major leverage points, and being more efficient in engaging them to act strategically towards sustainability is and will be of critical importance. To explore how to help the engager improve this engagement process, the authors did a broad transdisciplinary literature review; structured their information in a “Five Elements Guide – Structured information to help engage individuals to act strategically towards sustainability”; and used three brief examples to illustrate how to use their results. Based upon a deeper awareness about determinants of human behaviour and about how individuals change and become engaged, the results are structured into five interdependent elements: - ‘The Fifth Element’ – Think ‘Systems’. - ‘Earth’ – Understand yourself and what you want to achieve. - ‘Water’ – Understand the other’s behaviour and the influence of context. - ‘Air’ – Understand how change happens. - ‘Fire’ – Design an approach and perform it. This structure also allows for the addition of further findings that might be helpful for engaging individuals to act strategically towards sustainability.

Abstract [sv]

För att nå ett hållbart samhälle måste alla delar av systemet "individer, inom organisationer, inom samhället, inom biosfären" förändras. Individen är mycket viktig i detta avseende och därför är det extremt viktigt att man blir bättre på engagera individer till att agera strategiskt för en hållbar utveckling. För att öka kunskapen om hur detta kan göras så har författarna av den här rapporten genomfört en transdisciplinär litteraturstudie, strukturerat informationen i guiden ”the Five Elements Guide” och använt tre exempel för att illustrera resultatet. Resultatets struktur är baserat på en förståelse av olika faktorer som påverkar mänskligt beteende, hur individer förändras och hur individer blir engagerade. Strukturen består av fem sammankopplade och av varandra beroende element: - ‘Det Femte Elementet’ – Tänk ‘System’. - ‘Jord’ – Förstå dig själv och vad du vill åstadkomma. - ‘Vatten’ – Förstå den andres beteende och kontextens inflytande. - ‘Luft’ – Förstå hur förändringar sker. - ‘Eld’ – Forma en plan och genomför den. Den här strukturen tillåter även att framtida upptäckter som kan vara hjälpsamma för att engagera individer att agera strategiskt för ett hållbart samhälle kan adderas till guiden.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2005. , 211 p.
Keyword [en]
Engaging individuals, Behaviour change, Psychology, Strategically, Sustainability, Communication.
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Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified
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URN: urn:nbn:se:bth-3347Local ID: oai:bth.se:arkivex341E3703041D98CEC1257079003A1AE9OAI: oai:DiVA.org:bth-3347DiVA: diva2:830651
Educational program
SLASL (Master programme in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability
Uppsok
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Supervisors
Note

renaud.richard@bigfoot.com kristoffer.lundholm@gmail.com

Available from: 2015-04-22 Created: 2005-09-11 Last updated: 2015-11-05Bibliographically approved

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