Transition to sustainability is stuck and academic research has not resulted in significant change so far. A large void in sustainability research and the understanding of sustainable development is an important reason for this. Personal Sustainability seeks to address this void, opening up a whole cosmos of sustainable development that has so far been largely unexplored. Mainstream academic, economic and political sustainable development concepts and efforts draw on the macro level and tend to address external, collective and global processes. By contrast, the human, individual, intra- and inter-personal aspects on the micro level are often left unaddressed.
The authors of Personal Sustainability invite the reader on a self-reflecting journey into this unexplored inner cosmos of sustainable development, focusing on subjective, mental, emotional, bodily, spiritual and cultural aspects. Although these are intrinsically human aspects they have been systematically ignored by academia. To establish this new field in sustainability research means to leave the common scientific paths and expand the horizon. Together with authors from cultural studies, philosophy, anthropology, psychology, sociology, psychiatry, aesthetics and economics, and supported by contributions from practitioners, this book portrays different approaches to personal sustainability and reflects on their potentials and pitfalls, paving the way to cultures of sustainability.
This book will be of great interest to researchers and students in the field of sustainability and sustainable development, as well as researchers from philosophy, anthropology, psychology, sociology, cultural studies, ethnology, educational research, didactics, aesthetics, economics, business and public administration.
About the Author
Oliver Parodi, philosopher and engineer, is Managing Director of the KIT-Centre Humans and Technology and Director of the Karlsruhe School of Sustainability at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany. His research focus lies in culture and/of sustainability, transdisciplinary sustainability science and personal sustainability.
Kaidi Tamm is a research associate at the Karlsruhe School of Sustainability at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany. With a background in culture studies, sociology and political science, her research binds empirical and theoretical approaches and focuses on the participatory and qualitative aspects of sustainability transition.
Table of Contents
1. Personal Sustainability – Exploring a New Field of Sustainable Development Oliver Parodi and Kaidi Tamm 2. Sustainability, Culture and Personal Virtues Reiner Manstetten 3. Psychology of Sustainability – Psychological Resources for Sustainable Lifestyles Marcel Hunecke 4. Care of the self and "Bildung" as condition for and result of personal sustainability Michael Niehaus, Dirk Schmidt and Shirli Homburg 5. Sustainable Development: A Matter of Truth and Love Oliver Parodi 6. Sustainability in crisis: a perspective of subjective body as ‘healing’ force Sabin Wendhack 7. Developing Intra-personal Skills as a Proactive Way to Personal Sustainability: the Preventive Side of the Mental Health Equation Helena Lass 8. Inner Conflict Resolution and Self-Empowerment as Contribution for Personal Sustainability on the Case of Intentional Community Practices Stella Veciana and Kariin Ottmar 9. Awareness as the New Paradigm for Personal Sustainability: A Practitioner’s Perspective on the Sustainability Transition Ingvar Villido 10. Reflexivity: Balancing the Metanarratives of Sustainable Development Kaidi Tamm 11. Sustainability without the I-sense is Nonsense: Inner ‘Technologies’ for a Viable Future and the Inner Dimension of Sustainability Shelley Sacks 12. Personal Sustainability – Conclusions and Perspectives Oliver Parodi, Kaidi Tamm and Sabin Wendhack