#futuregen Book Launch: Jane Davidson In Conversation With Satish Kumar


UWTSD’s Pro Vice-Chancellor Emeritus Dr Jane Davidson will launch her new book #futuregen: Lessons from a Small Country on June 4 at 5.30pm.

UWTSD’s Pro Vice-Chancellor Emeritus Dr Jane Davidson's will launch her new book #futuregen: Lessons from a Small Country

The launch will take the form of an online conversation with Dr Davidson and Satish Kumar, editor emeritus of Resurgence & Ecologist, founder of Schumacher College and Honorary Fellow at UWTSD.

Writer and regular Guardian contributor, Oliver Balch, will be moderating the conversation and Q&A.

In #futuregen, Dr Davidson explains how, as Minister for Environment, Sustainability and Housing in Wales, she proposed the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015—the first piece of legislation on Earth to place regenerative and sustainable practice at the heart of government. Unparalleled in its scope and vision, the Act connects environmental and social health and looks to solve complex issues such as poverty, education and unemployment.

Dr Davidson reveals how and why such groundbreaking legislation was forged in Wales—once reliant on its coal, iron and steel industries—and explores how the shift from economic growth to sustainable growth is creating new opportunities for communities and governments all over the world.

In an excerpt from the book entitled ‘Rethinking Business for a Changing World’ Dr Davidson outlines how UWTSD’s Carmarthen Business School started its mission to change the nature of Business as a discipline in Higher Education when the Act was passed.

Dr Davidson says: “They began with a clean sheet of paper to design a series of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes underpinned by sustainable and ethical and responsible thinking. Within each module, students study an aspect of business through a sustainability lens which draws from the Sustainable Development Goals and the Well-Being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015. The Business School strives to ensure that our graduates are equipped with the understanding, empathy and creativity to improve the economic, social, environmental and cultural well-being of both Wales and other nations. 

“New course options include an online postgraduate certificate in One Planet Governance and an MBA in Sustainable Leadership. The Carmarthen Business School won the UK’s top ‘Green Gown’ award in the ‘Tomorrow’s Employees’ category in 2018.

“An unexpected outcome has been the level of interest that these new programmes have generated amongst local and regional business, including a new economic partnership with the local council. We have been approached by many organisations that want to work with us and our students through internships and project work.”

In the book, Professor Medwin Hughes, DL, Vice-Chancellor of University of Wales Trinity Saint David and University of Wales adds:  “Universities have a key role to play. The potential of the Future Generations Act offers us as educationalists the opportunity of establishing a “futures orientated” pedagogy which places “place making” and “stewardship” at the core of our interpretation of sustainable well-being. Time is not on our side. The need for fostering a new generation of leaders who appreciate the value of a “disruptive socio-environmental capital” which can be used to further a common good, should be at the forefront of our educational system.”

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