Modes of mobilizing values for sustainability transformation

Andra-Ioana Horcea-Milcu, Ann-Kathrin Koessler, Adrian Martin, Julian Rode, Thais Moreno Soares

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There is broad agreement on the potential role of values to incite intentional transformative change toward sustainability. However, there is no proposed heuristic on how to mobilize values for sustainability transformation, especially in the context of multilevel decision-making. We aim to fill this gap based on a literature analysis conducted as part of Chapter 5 of the IPBES Values Assessment. We outline four modes of mobilizing values for sustainability transformation: enabling, including, shifting, and reflecting. They differ in terms of the mix of agency and conversely of outside steering needed for each value mobilization mode. We then explore key tensions and insights that emerge through this classification: interdependencies between the modes of mobilizing values, tensions between shifting versus enabling and including values, tensions between which values to shift and which values to enable, and tensions between levels of values intervention (individuals, community, and society).
Original languageEnglish
Article number101357
JournalCurrent Opinion in Environmental Sustainability
Early online date19 Sep 2023
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2023

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