Transformations Webinar Series


The Transformations Knowledge-Action Network launched a webinar series in 2016 to explore the body of research that exists on social transformations toward sustainability. This series is ongoing, so check back in regularly for updates.For questions about this webinar series or the Transformations Knowledge-Action Network, contact

Webinar 9: 2 October 2017

On 2 October, Karen O’Brien, Alexander Wendt, Ann El Khoury and others led a webinar called “Shifting Paradigms: The Potential for Quantum Social Change.” This 90-minute discussion examined the questions: What role do paradigms play in limiting or accelerating rapid social change? How can alternative paradigms influence research and practice?

Shifting Paradigms: The Potential for Quantum Social Change

Webinar 8: 27 June 2017

On 27 June, Eeva Furman, Michael Quinn Patton and Fred Carden led a webinar exploring "Transformation and the SDGs: The Measurement Challenge." The discussion revolved around the relationship between traditional measures, such as national indices, log frames, results frameworks and efficiency concepts, with the complex quality of transformation.

Webinar 7: 21 June 2017

On 21 June, Benjamin Bellegy, Marcos Neto and Erica Key hosted a discussion on "Developing the ecosystem for financing transformation with the SDGs – a foundation and science view." The conversation delved into the investments needed to support transformations to sustainability.

Webinar 6: June 2017

On 9 June, Hunter Lovins, Rajiv Joshi and Allen White hosted a webinar on "Emerging Metanarratives and Transformation." The discussion delved into how visions and narratives of the way the world works and should work can foster transformation.

Webinar 5: May 2017

On 31 May, Rosemary Kalapurakal, Kumi Naidoo and Per Olsson hosted a discussion about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and transformation. The discussion focused on the implications of transformation research for the implementation of the SDGs, particular SDG-17 – "Partnerships for the Goals" – the only goal that explicitly addresses how nations will meet these sustainability targets.

Rosemary Kalapurakal: Transforming our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development from Future Earth

Kumi Naidoo: SDGs and Transformation in a Context of Institutional Failure


Webinar 4: May 2017

On 18 May, Karen O'Brien, Derk Loorbach and Steve Waddell participated in a discussion called "What is 'Transformation' and why is understanding its qualities important?" Follow their conversation to learn about how academics view and study the concept of "transformation."


Webinar 3: March 2017

On 3 March, Frances Westley and Graham Leicester hosted a discussion on "Transformative innovation for a 1.5ºC world." Westley is a world renowned scholar from the Waterloo Institute for Social Innovation at the University of Waterloo in Canada. Leicester, Director of the International Futures Forum, is the author of Transformative Innovation: A Guide to Practice and Policy. The video begins several minutes into the webinar. Apologies for the inconvenience.

Webinar 2: October 2016

On 19 October, Albert Norström, Per Olsson and others from Future Earth´s Transformations Knowledge-Action Network hosted a discussions around mobilising research on social-ecological transformations and exploring pathways toward a good Anthropocene. Watch a recording of that event and see the presentations below:

Exploring social-ecological transformations and seeds of a good Anthropocene: Per Olsson

Exploring social-ecological transformations and seeds of a good Anthropocene: Albert Norström

Webinar 1: June 2016

On 22 June 2016, Karen O'Brien, Susanne Moser, Ioan Fazey and others from Future Earth's Transformations Knowledge-Action Network hosted a webinar to discuss mobilising research around the social challenge of a 1.5°C target for climate action. You can watch a recording and view the slide presentations below: