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Podcast of Prof. Folke’s Q&A session

When there is a crisis, things are breaking down but opportunities are also opening up. The question is who is coming into that arena and making choices of what to do?

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Podcast of Prof. Folke’s lecture

My talk is going to concentrate a lot on what we call ‘reconnecting to the biosphere’. How can we reconnect our own actions and activities to start collaborating with the planet to enhance the likelihood of a good life for people on Earth?

Podcast of Prof. Willis’ Q&A session

[Resilience] is now a CBD (Convention on Biological Diversity) target and they’ve only got 18 targets … So clearly it isn’t just a wacky idea that a few conservationists are thinking about. It’s now firmly within government policy.

Podcast of Prof. Willis’ lecture

I’m sure every single speaker who talks on resilience over the next six weeks will give you a slightly different definition, and I think in some ways that is one of the problems that we have to address: the whole question of what do we mean by resilience?

Podcast of Prof. Chapin’s Q&A session

One of the things that really impresses me about Alaskan native groups is their confidence that they can adapt. They’ve felt that they’ve always had to adjust to change, they’ve never lots of resources. Each individual is a jack of all trades … so they have to be very efficient in doing different things, and this makes them convinced that they can deal with a lot of differently circumstances – because they’ve done it regularly as part of their lives.
I’m optimistic that many people in poor areas are more resourceful than we give them credit for being. So maybe some of the best ways to enhance resilience is to empower them to use the skills that they already have, rather than developing programmes that bring in resources from outside. Because once people are doing these things for themselves they’ll figure out a way to continue doing them with little or no money, and so it’ll be less dependent on a public finance program.

Podcast of Prof. Chapin’s lecture

We need to think about the relationship between science and society much more in terms of dialogue rather than as conveying of information. I think, at least speaking for ecologists, we tend to view the issue as one of information deficit rather than as an issue of public engagement and so I think we need to redefine the way we think about communication between science and society.