“Poetry and Hums aren't things which you get, they’re things which get you.
And all you can do is go where they can find you”
Winnie the Pooh
“The great aim of education is not knowledge but action.”
“The way we organise society’s actions in the face of threats is more important than the threats themselves. Science is one such example. Science has made huge contributions to understanding planetary threats. But a new planetary perspective to our predicaments invites us to rethink the way in which knowledge is produced and used by society. Currently, knowledge exists mostly within closed systems. It is generated within institutions we call universities. Those universities are organised into narrow scholarly disciplines that work with short-term funding and a focus on publishing research papers in largely inaccessible journals. Scientists set the research agenda, keeping their knowledge system closed. Planetary health demands more open knowledge systems—where valid knowledge comes from many societal sources, where universities are organised according to the problems society faces, where investments are long-term, and where the products of research are available to all and in forms that meet the needs of diverse public communities.”
- Should Universities be organised according to the problems society faces?
- How do we make the products of research available to all and in forms that meet the needs of the diverse public?
“The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.”