Open Lecture 11.12.2019, 14.30-16.00- "You Can’t Make a Silk Purse Out of a Sow’s Ear" by Nils Tore Skogland – about Sustainable architecture.

“Sustainable architecture is an architecture that seeks to minimize the negative environmental impact of buildings by efficiency and moderation in the use of materials, energy, and development space and the ecosystem at large.” Sustainable Architecture and Simulation Modelling, Dublin Institute of Technology, [1]Archived 2013-05-06 at the Wayback Machine.)

In the lecture "You Can’t Make a Silk Purse Out of a Sow’s Ear" Nils Tore Skogland will present the Framework of Strategic Sustainable Development and how strategic planning needs to move from forecasting to the future, backwards. You will learn how this strategic framework can be implemented to make all development processes, companies, and societies become real sustainable. 

Many companies and societies are using forecasting to plan future development. At it's best they might be able to reduce some of the pollution and biodiversity loss from building projects. 

Less awful is not a strategy to becoming really good. To create a sustainable society we need to plan from future sustainable success and be honest about the present situation in order to get the best solutions from where we are to where we are going. 

But how do we know what's sustainable or not? The Framework for Strategic Sustainable Development is a scientific consensus definition developed by 49 researchers among them Karl-Henrik Robèrt in 1989. Robèrt was the research leader at The Karolinska Institute in Stockholm. Today he is a professor at Blekinge Institute of Technology in Sweden.

Nils Tore Skogland represented Natur og Ungdom / Young Friends of the Earth Norway at the first United Nations International Climate Summit Convention of the Parties (COP 1), Berlin in Germany in 1995. He studied Psychology, Human Informatics, and Economy at the University of Bergen. He has been working as a researcher for the ARD German TV, as an environment adviser for Bergfald & co in Oslo and a director of Naturvernforbundet Hordaland / Friends of the Earth in Bergen. Now he is helping companies and municipalities to define their true sustainable success through his company Skogland.com. He is also giving master seminars at NHH Norwegian School of Economics in Bergen.