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Ecological Governance Now

Our governance systems exist within natural relationships – ecologies – that are dramatically deteriorating at all levels. To develop sustainability, we must re-imagine, and re-invent these systems. But how do we create institutions that sit and work within the ecosystem? How do we create governance structures – relational structures – that allow the human to map on to the world so that we can all flourish?

Ecological Governance Now is a recent initiative at CFGS-POLIS designed to widen circles of conversation and deepen our understandings about the vital importance of ecological governance today.

Through discussion groups and strategic events designed to facilitate productive exchanges among university and community-based scholars and practitioners, Ecological Governance Now is calling together diverse perspectives on the meaning and relevance of ecological governance across different social, cultural, geographic and political considerations and boundaries.

Led by POLIS Founder Michael M’Gonigle, and POLIS Co-Directors Kelly Bannister and Oliver M. Brandes, Ecological Governance Now explores themes ranging from fundamental theoretical issues (such as the nature of ‘democracy’, and state-of-the-art thinking about ecosystems) to new conceptions and approaches to sectors (such as watersheds and cities).

Why Ecological Governance and Why Now?

In his 2012 keynote presentation titled “Why Ecological Governance Now More Than Ever?” Michael M’Gonigle describes how three key words – ‘polis’, ‘governance’ and ‘ecological’ – encapsulate a way of thinking about a response to our current situation on this planet, and how these three words are fundamental to the research, policy, education and action-oriented work conducted by the POLIS Project. His presentation compells us to ask "is there a choice?" and underscores the point that ecological governance is an imperative for the 21st century.

Dr. Michael M’Gonigle (M.Sc, LLM, JSD) presented “Why Ecological Governance Now More Than Ever?” during the first POLIS Roundtable on Ecological Governance, held as part of Ideafest 2012 at the University of Victoria on March 5, 2012. See also Dr. M’Gonigle’s Social Justice Studies 2011 Keynote "Exit Environmentalism: Reflections on the past and future of a (failing) social movement.”

Why EG Now More than Ever Keynote (pdf)507.39 KB

Page last updated: 04/28/2015