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Rethink Talks: a podcast on resilience and global change

Experts on a range of topics highlight how resilience thinking and biosphere stewardship add value to current debates

Right now, the very idea of imagining the future might feel strange when the world is changing in ways we barely even understand. In this episode, we ask the question, is a safe and just future for all still possible and, what will it take to imagine and enact on those kinds of futures?

Andrew Merrie, a research liasion officer at the Stockholm Resilience Centre is joined by two people who spend much of their time thinking about this: Garry Peterson from the Stockholm Resilience Centre and Laura Pereira from the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development at Utrecht University.

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Economies around the world have been shaken by the COVID-19 pandemic and revealed serious vulnerabilities and weaknesses. What can we learn from today’s crisis to build more resilience into our systems? In this episode, centre researcher Robert Blasiak talks to Lisen Schultz, director of Stockholm Resilience Centre’s Executive Programme for Resilience Thinking, and Sturla Henriksen, Special Advisor to the United Nations Global Compact, the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative.

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Covid-19 brought the modern world to its knees. Established lifestyles and habits had to change overnight. How did we get to this point? Hosted by Louise Hård Af Segerstad, three experts on change and transformation share their perspectives: professor Marten Scheffer, Department of Environmental Sciences at Wageningen University in the Netherlands; Lauren Hermanus, expert in sustainable development in practice in South Africa and Michele-Lee Moore from the Stockholm Resilience Centre.

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Episodes:

What is the connection between environmental change and diseases such as coronaviruses? How strong is this connection, can we really blame bats, and what does the future of disease risks look like?

In this episode, Victor Galaz, deputy director of the Stockholm Resilience Centre, talks to professor Kate Jones from University College London and Peter Søgaard Jørgensen from the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, and the Stockholm Resilience Centre. Both are experts on the links between ecology, disease and global change.

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How exactly is food related to the pandemic? And how can we redesign our food systems in a way that helps us avoid similar crises in the future?

In this episode Amanda Wood talks to professor Jess Fanzo at the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics, and Dr. Line Gordon, director of the Stockholm Resilience Centre at Stockholm University.

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In this episode Owen Gaffney speaks to Kate Starbird who is associate professor at the University of Washington. Kate is an expert in how communications technologies are used during crises. And Victor Galaz, an associate professor and deputy director of the Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University. Part of his work looks at the spread of disinformation online.

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The coronavirus has been described as the biggest challenge the world has faced since the Second World War. Yet while all eyes are on this devastating pandemic, the Amazon forest is burning to the point of becoming a planetary emergency.

In this episode Fredrik Moberg looks at deforestation and the looming risk of large-scale destruction in the Amazon and elsewhere – something we know is also linked to the spread of infectious disease from animals to humans.Together with Ana Paula Aguiar from the Brazilian Institute for Space Research and David Armstrong McKay from Stockholm Resilience Centre we will find answers to questions like: How worried should we be? And what can we do about it?

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The impacts of COVID-19 have hit some communities harder than others, especially in the Global South. Fortunately, we are seeing signs of resilience emerging from many affected communities.

In this episode, Albert Norström from Stockholm Resilience Centre and the Global Resilience Partnership talks to colleague Cibele Queiroz from the beforementioned institutions and Rafael Calderon-Contreras from the Metropolitan Autonomous University in Mexico. Together they take a closer look at some of these communities and how they have responded to this crisis.

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In this episode, Beatrice Crona, deputy science director from the Stockholm Resilience Centre and executive director of the Gobal Economic Dynamics and the Biosphere programme at The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, talks to two on government spending and international finance:

Maria Håkansson, CEO of Swedfund, the Swedish Governments Development Finance Institution and board member of Global Impact Investment Network who launched the Response, Recovery, and Resilience Investment Coalition and Therese Lindahl, director of the Behavior, Economics and Nature Programme at the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics.

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Stockholm Resilience Centre is a collaboration between Stockholm University and the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences

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