Transition to Sustainability

Behaviour Change

How do you get people to change? The transition to sustainability will require many changes, including technological and policy change, but for those to work we will need to consider how they will work on people and societies. Because humans are not rational, their response to changes may also not be what was expected by the change makers. Their actual responses should be explored as the change is developed. Our irrationality means that we can also not rely on strategies like raising awareness and providing education to drive change. We need to think about how people actually change, what triggers them and what will make things easier and better for people.

We are interested in working on this human side of the transition. This can be

  • individual behaviour change (toward any number of more sustainable actions, from the purchase of fair trade/organic products to energy use)
  • organizational level change (CSR)
  • change at a local, regional or national level (policy, programs and community and regional planning)

Harmony has been studying how to change behaviour towards sustainability since her masters degree. She also has experience with policy, especially at the local government level, and an education in planning. Ivo brings his background as a politician and consultant.

If what you are wanting to do involves humans changing what they do, get in touch by clicking here or on Contact above.

Innovation Transfer

One important part of managing the transition is the sharing of knowledge. With ties in North America and Europe, we are in a good position for helping to translate European innovations to the North American context (or vice versa). Harmony’s planning education and background as a policy analyst in Canada helps her to see what policies and practices might be successfully transferred and her life here helps her to see what they look like on the ground. Ivo’s background as an environmental consultant and local politician gives him insight into both the technical and political technicalities. We are also multi-lingual – we both speak fluent English and Dutch, and Ivo adds French, German and Spanish to the mix. So, if you

  • are considering doing something new in the planning and policy arenas and would like to explore what has been done elsewhere
  • would like more information on a specific policy or plan
  • want someone local to do site-specific research in Europe

please do get in contact to discuss how we can help. To do so, click here or on Contact above.