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Inner transformation to sustainability as a deep leverage point: fostering new avenues for change through dialogue and reflection

Woiwode, Christoph; Schäpke, Niko; Bina, Olivia; Veciana, Stella; Kunze, Iris; Parodi, Oliver ORCID iD icon 1; Schweizer-Ries, Petra; Wamsler, Christine
1 Institut für Technikfolgenabschätzung und Systemanalyse (ITAS), Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)


This article provides a rationale for inner transformation as a key and hitherto underresearched dimension of sustainability transformations. Inner transformation relates to various aspects of human existence and interactions such as consciousness, mindsets, values, worldviews, beliefs, spirituality and human-nature connectedness. The article draws on Meadows' leverage points approach, as places to intervene in a system, to reveal the relevance of inner transformation for system change towards sustainability. Based on insights from a series of dialogue and reflection workshops and a literature review, this article provides three important contributions to sustainability transformations research: first, it increases our conceptual understanding of inner transformation and its relevance for sustainability; second, it outlines concrete elements of the inner transformation-sustainability nexus in relation to leverage points; and third, it presents practical examples illustrating how to work with leverage points for supporting inner transformation. In sum, the paper develops a systematized and structured approach to understanding inner transformation, including the identification of deep, i.e., highly influential, leverage points. ... mehr

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DOI: 10.5445/IR/1000129639
Veröffentlicht am 12.02.2021
DOI: 10.1007/s11625-020-00882-y
Zitationen: 64
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Cover der Publikation
Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Technikfolgenabschätzung und Systemanalyse (ITAS)
Publikationstyp Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Publikationsjahr 2021
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISSN: 1862-4057, 1862-4065
KITopen-ID: 1000129639
HGF-Programm 37.11.02 (POF IV, LK 01) Societally-Feasible Transformation Pathways
Erschienen in Sustainability science
Verlag Springer
Band 16
Seiten 841–858
Vorab online veröffentlicht am 19.01.2021
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