Online PhD Master Classes on ‘Social Tipping Elements’ and ‘An Economy of the Common Good’

During ASI’s virtual Seventeenth International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic & Social Sustainability conference our keynote speakers Christian Felber and Dr Ilona Otto will give master classes, exclusively available for PhD candidates.

02/16/2021 | 10:22 AM

The classes are:

  • Christian Felber – Initiator of Economy for the Common Good.

    When: 24 February 18.30h-19.30h (CET).
    Topic: Overcoming the crisis of our times with an Economy of the Common Good.
    Abstract: Climate change, biodiversity loss and the Corona crisis are making more and more people realise that the framework for economic activity and the satisfaction of human needs should not be perpetual economic growth, but ecological balance. Markets ought to be designed in such a way that inequality remains within reasonable limits, financial markets are stable and functional and trade balances remain in equilibrium. It is not the means that should grow endlessly, but the ends that should be achieved. A Common Good Product could replace GDP as the measure of a good life. Companies could pay taxes, receive public contracts or gain access to the world market depending on the result of their Common Good Balance. Common good banks and stock exchanges would only finance sustainable investments and projects. The Common Good Economy movement has been spreading more and more since 2010, all people, companies and communities are welcome to join:

  • Dr Ilona Otto – Senior Researcher, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research.

    When: 26 February 10.30h-11.30h (CET).
    : Social tipping elements and abrupt system changes.
    Abstract: The class explores the theory of rapid social change and tipping dynamics as well as it presents the research methods that I used to collect the empirical evidence on social tipping elements. I will also discuss the concept of human agency that refers to the ability to shape one’s life, or the collective ability to change the course of social action. The rational choice paradigm that dominated social sciences in the 20th Century, and has heavily influenced the conceptualization of human societies in global human-environmental system modelling in the early 21st Century, suggests a very limited view of human agency. Humans seen as rational agents, coordinated through market forces, have only a very weak influence on the system rules. I discuss alternative concepts of human agency that emphasize its collective and strategic dimensions. I also plan to elaborate on global inequalities and discuss how human agency is distributed within the society.

Register yourself for the master classes, free of charge, by sending an email to  before Monday 22 February 2021.