Publications & Working Papers

  • Smytzek, P. & Simelton, E. (2018). Chapter 18 – Tool 11: Participatory weather outlook. In: Simelton, E., Dam, V.B., Finlayson, R. & Lasco, R. (2018). The Talking Toolkit. How smallholding farmers and local governments can together adapt to climate change. World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF): Ha Noi.
  • Smytzek, P. (2017). Participatory Development of Agro-Climate Advisories in Cambodia. M.Sc Thesis. SupAgro: Montpellier, University of Copenhagen: Copenhagen.
  • Caniglia, G.; Luederitz, C.; Groß, M.; Muhr, M.; John, B.; Withycombe Keeler, L.; von Wehrden, H.; Laubichler, M.; Wiek, A.; Lang, D. (2017). Transnational collaboration for sustainability in higher education: Lessons from a systematic reviewJournal of Cleaner Production, Volume 168, 764-779.
  • Manderscheid, M. (2017). Fostering Organic Farming in Inter- and Transdisciplinary Research and Teaching. M.Sc Thesis. Vienna.
  • Smytzek, P. (2014). Co-evolution – innovation and transformative change by smallholder farmer communities. Enabling Rural Innovation from the Future: Merging ERI and Theory U. GOAL Working Paper; Vienna.
  • De Faria, A.; Gaspar, Z.; Smytzek, P.; Wagner, A. (2013). Facilitating Innovation and Transformative  Change in  Rural Development within  Complex Adaptive Systems, Paper prepared for the UNIDO, CDR/BOKU, GOAL Expert Group Meeting: “What Makes People Innovate?”, Vienna.
  • De Faria, A. (2013). Towards an Evolutionary Complex Systems Approach to International Development, Integral Leadership Review.
  • De Faria, A. (2011). Spiral Dynamics Integral in Action in a Roma Community in Romania, Integral Leadership Review.
  • De Faria, A. (2004). The People Dimension in Development and Development Cooperation. In: Manual on Ownership-oriented development: a systemic approach to the management of international development programmes, The Quality Assurance Company.

Informal Dialogues

GOAL has held a series of “Informal Dialogues” to broaden its knowledge and acquire a better understanding of the impact of climate change, world ecosocial, technological, financial and political events its action research and services.

We looked into how values (and beliefs about those values) can affect how people think, how they learn and how they use that learning. Some key issues were : what is the meaning of human development? How do values systems change through time as people learn from changes in their surroundings? What motivates them to want to learn? What drives banking and finance decisions? What value systems drive fundamentalist movements? What values have given rise to the disconnectedness of people from governments, corporate organisations and other institutions? What drives leaders of transformational change? How does communication become meaningful for people? What is the impact of informal networks / social media? How can the creation of a collective mind-space allow for the emergence of joint creativity, innovation and leadership? What is the impact of natural disasters, climate change, conflicts and war, mass migration etc. on the human development process?

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