Biography

Kristín Vala Ragnarsdóttir is Dean of the School of Engineering and Natural Sciences at the University of Iceland. She is currently working with the Idea Ministry in Iceland, a grassroots organization that focuses on solutions for the future, as well as with the Prime Minister of Iceland to find sustainable solutions for the country after the economic collapse in 2008.

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The UN 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are an unprecedented step forward.1 Unlike the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which they replace, they apply to all countries and represent universal goals and targets that articulate the need and opportunity for the global community to build a sustainable and desirable …

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Conscious that unsustainable patterns of production and consumption can impede sustainable development, and recognizing the need for a more inclusive, equitable and balanced approach to economic growth that promotes sustainable development, poverty eradication, happiness and well-being of all peoples. −United Nations General Assembly, …

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When countries crash, a natural thing for their inhabitants to do, inter alia, is inspect their legal and constitutional foundation to look for latent flaws and to fix them. —Thorvaldur Gylfason1 The Post-Collapse Scene: Pots-and-Pans Revolution For much of the past decade, Iceland enjoyed surprising economic growth. Following the …

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Donella Meadows was renowned for her capacity to envision a sustainable world, and to inspire others to do the same. As she notes in the “Envisioning” section of this issue, a sustainable society isn’t stagnant and authoritarian. She believed a community dedicated to the planet’s health relied on innovation and playfulness focused “on …

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Introduction A pioneering report, The Limits to Growth, published in 1972, marked a turning point in thinking about the environment, selling some 30 million copies in 30 languages.1 The two-year study behind the report took place at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology at the request of the Club of Rome, an international group of …

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