Special Issue "The Relationship between Sustainability and Inner Development: Towards More Integrative Worldviews, Paradigms, and Actions"
A special issue of Challenges (ISSN 2078-1547).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 14 December 2023 | Viewed by 18010
Interests: adult development; higher education; transdisciplinary research; leadership development; organisational development; metatheories
2. Founder and Director, Contemplative Sustainable Futures Programme, Lund, Sweden
Interests: sustainable development, resilience, climate change, and associated (inner-outer) transformation processes across individual, collective and system levels; transformative leadership and education
2. Director, ORIGINS Project, Telethon Kids Institute at Perth Children’s Hospital, Nedlands, WA 6009, Australia
3. NOVA Institute for Health of People, Places and Planet, 1407 Fleet Street, Baltimore, MD 21231, USA
Interests: planetary health; ecological and social justice; immunology and inflammation; microbiome science; NCDs (noncommunicable diseases); nutrition; life-course wellness and ‘DOHaD’ (development origins of health and disease); integrative approaches to wellness and disease prevention
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Interests: digital mental health; human behavior; sustainable societies; internet-based CBT/ACT and alliance in psychotherapy; applying findings from research in a clinical context
Interests: leadership development; consciousness research; transformative learning; transdisciplinary and transcultural research
Interests: inner peace; consciousness; empowerment; capabilities; Indigenous philosophies; human agency; human development; human security; social psychology; collective trauma; transitional justice; experiential learning and transdisciplinary studies
Interests: sustainability; positive transformations; mindfulness; wellbeing; personal and organizational systems change; sensemaking, resilience, complexity capacity, and mindfulness; experience working in private, public, and non-governmental sectors
Interests: Interdisciplinary and sectoral collaboration; processes and architecture of natural ecosystems as inspiration for analogue and digital spaces created by humans and artificial intelligence; social psychology; organisational development; communication
Interests: mental health; person-centered and integrative approaches to health and wellbeing; interpersonal skills; empowerment; healthcare; e-health contexts; education; leadership development; one health; sustainability; inner development; workforce support; systems change
We are pleased to announce this Challenges Special Issue: “Relationship Between Sustainability and Inner Development”.
At the roots of the many grand challenges of the Anthropocene lies an imbalance between external (material) approaches and “inner” approaches considering attitudes, awareness and other attributes that influence relationships, behaviors, worldviews, and underpin many power structures. This has, amongst other things, hampered progress to improve planetary health and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). More integrative approaches, that link inner and outer dimensions of sustainability are thus urgently needed to address the root causes and support sustainable transformations. There are growing efforts to increase the focus on inner development (e.g. through initiatives like the Inner Development Goals or the UNDP Conscious Food Systems Alliance), recognizing that individual and collective transformational capacities, intrinsic values and wisdom are likely to support sustainable development at scale. At the same time, there are many open questions regarding the concepts, methods, theories and practical tools that can support more integrative approaches.
This Special Issue calls for efforts that seek to understand, define, implement, and assess strategies aiming to promote meaningful change through purposeful relationships with self, others, and the natural world. This includes efforts from all fields and communities aiming to cultivate social responsibility and environmental stewardship through awareness of connectivity and interdependence.
We invite you to contribute to this exploration through diverse contributions that may include rigorous research, case studies, novel perspectives, viewpoints, creative narratives, community initiatives (either complete or still in progress), protocols, new proposals and other work in this emergent field. Cross-sectoral, inter- and transdisciplinary engagement is core to this, and we warmly welcome submissions from researchers from all fields, clinicians, artists, educators, community groups, policymakers, civil-society, private-sector representatives, and others seeking to critically address these questions and advance related action.
Topics may be on any aspect of inner development, and we encourage all authors to articulate the ways in which their submission is relevant to some (or preferably, many) of the grand challenges of our time, and/or ways in which the work could contribute to societal, environmental, and planetary wellbeing and flourishing. Examples of topics may be found below in the “keywords” below.
It is our hope that this Challenges Special Issue will facilitate collaborative vision and shared agendas that drive activity to increase focus on self-awareness, spirituality, purpose, meaning and other positive emotional assets for personal and collective wellbeing—for flourishing of people, places, and planet.
Dr. Kristian Stålne
Prof. Dr. Christine Wamsler
Prof. Dr. Susan Prescott
Dr. Kristofer Vernmark
Dr. Jonathan Reams
Dr. Vivianna Rodriguez Carreon
Dr. Kira Cooper
Guest Editor Assistants
Manuscript Submission Information
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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Challenges is an international peer-reviewed open access semiannually journal published by MDPI.
Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this special issue is 0 CHF (Swiss Francs).. Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.
- inner development, inner growth, inner development goals, inner transformation, inner transition, consciousness, positive emotional assets, mindsets, skills, capacities, capabilities, inner qualities, openness, self-awareness, critical thinking, complexity awareness, long-term orientation, other aspects of mental health, emotions and wellbeing, adult development, personal development
- social paradigms, narratives, imaginaries
- value systems, indigenous knowledges, cultural shift, narrative medicine, reciprocity, mutualism, storytelling, belief systems, traditional cultures, consciousness, spirituality, mindfulness, wisdom
- caring for others and the world, appreciation, connectedness, humility, empathy, mindfulness and compassion
- collaboration and social skills, communication skills, co-creation, inclusive mindsets and intercultural competence, trust, mobilization
- actions to drive change, courage, creativity, optimism, perseverance; transformative leadership, transformative education, art-based approaches
- nature-relatedness, green space, green prescriptions, biodiversity interdependence, cooperation, integration, human-nature connectedness
- social and ecological justice, intergenerational justice, health disparities, socioeconomic inequalities
- life-course (developmental origins), transgenerational perspectives, early life education, early intervention
- biological measures, health outcomes