“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Sustainable Café on Interdisciplinarity and Energy in Ljubljana

  • Sustainable Cafés, PEOPLE project, Erasmus+, energy efficiency, interdisciplinarity

Sustainable Cafés aim to spread the word and connect with different stakeholders, building our PEOPLE Community. On 13 September 2017, the Slovenian PEOPLE team partnered with the organisers of the symposium Power in the Movement: The Need for Interdisciplinarity in Addressing Environmental Issues. Delivered by the Faculty of Social Sciences and Focus Association for Sustainable Development, the event brought together a number of actors in the fields of energy efficiency, energy transition, environment and sustainability.

Representatives of the Government of Slovenia, Municipality of Ljubljana, University of Ljubljana, and NGOs took part in the symposium. In their presentations, PEOPLE team members Gregor Cerinšek (IRI UL) and Dr Dan Podjed (ZRC SAZU) made a strong case for the people-centred development approaches in technological innovation and in energy efficiency and sustainability in particular.  By presenting several case-studies, they argued for the importance of involving anthropologists and other social sciences and humanities researchers and experts into interdisciplinary development teams in these fields. They discussed interdisciplinary student projects as an example of knowledge exchange between higher education and the society. Dr Slavko Dolinšek, Director of IRI UL, also took part in the closing panel debate with the presenters.

Making a case for interdisciplinarity, one of the participants wrapped up his presentation with a proverb: ‘If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.’  During the PEOPLE project’s lifetime, we will organise four Sustainable Cafés in each of the four participating countries! Click on the icons at the bottom of this page and join the PEOPLE project’s Community on Facebook, follow us Twitter, or contact us via e-mail, so that we can ‘go together’.