The ICN UNESCO Chair develops research oriented towards the transformation of mentalities in a perspective of responsibility and sustainability. Our research locates at the intersection of the imaginary and rationalities, in a transdisciplinary framework, in order to better understand and enable changes in behavior and practices oriented towards achieving the sustainable development goals set by the United Nations (SDGs).
The vision of the ICN UNESCO Chair is to engage in holistic sustainable development. The 17 goals are not independent siloes. Instead they are deeply interconnected with each other. These interdependencies imply synergies and tradeoffs that must be considered in the implementation process. Another dimension of holism is the integration of multiple forms of knowledge including the natural sciences, social sciences, the arts, humanities, and faith based knowledge systems. Our vision is also universal in scope. That means sustainability needs to be inclusive of all peoples and nature, across economic, national, religious, ethnic and other cultural boundaries at a planetary scale. Such inclusiveness needs a change in mindsets and reconsidering our social and organizational models and theories.
The purpose of the ICN UNESCO Chair is to prepare and promote change by systematically researching and introducing the imaginary, symbolic and aesthetic dimension into functional rationalities, in order to enrich decision-making processes among policy makers.
Head of the chair : Dr. Paul Shrivastava, Chief Sustainability Officer at Pennsylvania State University, Director of the Sustainability Institute, and Professor of Organizations at the Smeal School of Business. He is a Full Member of the Club of Rome. Research program advisor for the Research Institute for Humanity and Nature , Kyoto, and the Network for Education and Research in Peace and Sustainability, Hiroshima University.
Chair Manager: Philippe Mairesse, PhD in Humanization of Organisations (Utrecht Universiteit voor Humanistiek) and in Arts and Art Sciences (Paris La Sorbonne). Leader of Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility Steering Committee, ICN Business School, Nancy. Researcher at Cerefige-University of Lorraine. Co-founder of Dysfunction Journal. Founder of artistic enterprises AccesLocal and Grore Images.
The UNESCO Chair on Art and Science for Sustainable Development Goals at the ICN Business School was conceived as a think-and-do tank about sustainable organizing focused on the integration of natural and social sciences with the arts and humanities. A bridge between academia, civil society, local communities, research and policy-making it aims at implementing concrete local solutions for global sustainable development goals. The Chair is a network comprised of Faculty members from at the ICN Business School, University of Lorraine (CEREFIGE) and several foreign universities. It encourages regional cooperation on implementation of SDGs particularly through North-South collaborations that address inequalities in the Francophone world, and its manifestations within France.
Our conviction is that the joint mobilization of artistic and scientific modes of thought will be a decisive factor for the transformation of mentalities and practices.
Our action consists in setting up experiments in partnership with the actors of change.
Our philosophy is based on the concern of impact on the territories, at the regional, national and international levels.
Impactful actions for a sustainable future through art and science
07/03/2022 – 01/04/2022
Participative performances, hybrid presentations, workshops, round tables, scientific communications, hackatons, mobs, apps, role-plays, games, …
The TRANS-GENERATIVES 2030 inaugural initiative by the UNESCO Chair at ARTEM-ICN and the CEREFIGE-Université de Lorraine proposes to build a network of sustainable practices, research and education across a diversity of regions, countries, communities and cultures, focused on introducing imaginary, symbolic and aesthetic dimensions into functional rationalities, in order to feed and influence decision-making processes towards sustainability transformations.
Submission Deadline: closed
Call for Papers – Ethics and Temporality: Moral Practices and Ethical Issues Related to Time in Organizations https://www.springer.com/journal/10551/updates/18307418
Guest Editors (in alphabetical order)
Wendelin Küpers, Karlshochschule International University, Germany, Unesco Chair ICN Business School, France
E. Gunter Schumacher, Unesco Chair ICN Business School, France
David Wasieleski, Duquesne University, Unesco Chair ICN Business School, France