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Backcasting for sustainability: Introduction to the special issue
Abstract In this introductory paper we introduce the special issue on “Backcasting for Sustainability”. We present briefly a historical background, and position backcasting in the wider context ofExpand
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Learning for Sustainability Transition through Bounded Socio-technical Experiments in Personal Mobility
This paper focuses on the processes of higher-order learning that occur through bounded socio-technical experiment (BSTE) attempts to introduce a new technology, service, or social arrangement on a small scale. Expand
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Bounded socio-technical experiments as agents of systemic change: The case of a zero-energy residential building
We propose a four-level conceptual framework for mapping and monitoring the learning processes taking place in a Bounded Socio-Technical Experiment and apply it to an empirical case study of a zero-fossil-fuel residential building in Boston. Expand
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Past and future of backcasting: The shift to stakeholder participation and a proposal for a methodological framework
This paper deals with the past, present and future of backcasting. After having reviewed the origin and developments since the 1970s, it is concluded that several varieties can be distinguished andExpand
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Sustainable Technology Development
Foreword Leo Jansen and Geert van Grootveld Preface Paul Weaver Part 1 1. Capacity-building for sustainable technology development and innovation 2. The scale of the sustainability challenge 3.Expand
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Learning through evaluation: A tentative evaluative scheme for sustainability transition experiments
Transitions towards sustainability are urgently needed to address the interconnected challenges of economic development, ecological integrity, and social justice, from local to global scales. AroundExpand
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The impact and spin-off of participatory backcasting: From vision to niche
Abstract This paper reports on a study that has systematically investigated the follow-up and spin-off of participatory backcasting experiments in the Netherlands five to ten years after completion.Expand
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James Gustave Speth, The Bridge at the Edge of the World: Capitalism, the Environment, and Crossing from Crisis to Sustainability
How serious are the threats to our environment? Here is one measure of the problem: if we continue to do exactly what we are doing, with no growth in the human population or the world economy, theExpand
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Towards cleaner production: barriers and strategies in the base metals producing industry
Abstract The most pressing environmental problems of post-mining base metals production are solid waste production, gaseous emissions, and a high energy use. Most of the present solutions to clean upExpand
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The challenge of energy retrofitting the residential housing stock: grassroots innovations and socio-technical system change in Worcester, MA
This paper addresses an intractable problem: how to energy-upgrade the existing residential housing stock on a large scale, potentially saving up to 30% of all greenhouse gas emissions? The paperExpand
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