At the first Global Sustainability Strategy Forum held in March 2019, 17 scientists looked at how science can help bring about the changes we need to see.
They have published their findings in an IASS Discussion Paper.


Bai, X., Begashaw, B., Bursztyn, M., Chabay, I., Droy, S., Folke, C., Fukushi, K., Gupta, J., Hackmann, H., Hege, E.-b., Jaeger, C., Patwardhan, A., Renn, O., Safonov, G., Schlosser, P., Skaloud, P., Vogel, C., van der Leeuw, S., Zhang, Y. (2019): Changing the scientific approach to fast transitions to a sustainable world. Improving knowledge production for sustainable policy and practice. - IASS Discussion Paper, Juli 2019.



Increase in inequality, unsustainable consumption and production, loss of collective and cultural identities, inadequate capacity for strategic complex systems thinking are trends that all have the potential to prevent, hinder or delay transformations toward sustainability.

  • The first major task is to better understand the impact and interaction between globalization, digitalization and sustainabilization
  • The second task is to better comprehend the impact and role of the Digital Revolution
  • The third task is to increase efforts in collecting, unpacking, and supporting narratives for collective behavior change to sustainability
  • The fourth task is to initiate and organize processes for co-designing transformations to sustainability with stakeholders
  • The fifth task is to place more effort on developing systemic approaches in designing economic and political interventions
  • The sixth task is the need to help reshape the purpose and structure of learning and education
  • The seventh task is to facilitate processes that initiate and promote innovations for societal well-being
  • The eighth and last task is to support initiatives and movements that are destined to reorganize institutions for sustainability