TPFH Part 1: Introduction to Sustainability and Technology

January 18 at 13.15, Mandatory course introduction Technology, Power and the Future of Humanity, 7.5 credits, in Uppsala Learning Lab, Blåsenhus, von Kraemers Allé 1A, map: At the course introduction, we will introduce the key course themes and the course process.

Welcome to the Technology, Future and the Future of Humanity – distance course. Below are the readings, videos and tasks for part 1, which runs January 18th-29th.


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David Nye, Technology Matters

Donna Haraway, “Anthropocene, Capitalocene, Chthulucene: Staying with the Trouble”, 5/9/14 from AURA on Vimeo.

Don Tapscott: Four principles for the open world

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Doreen Stabinsky on Climate change leadership on the road to paris and beyond

Karen O’Brien on the climate change as an adaptive challenge.

Dougald Hine, “A Storm is Blowing from Paradise”

Hans Rosling, “The magic washing machine”


  • Friday Jan 22nd (or before): post brief introduction of yourself and what brought you to this course on course forum thread “Participant introductions” at
  • Jan 25th–29th: make two–three posts to the course forum thread “Sustainability & technology” at, where you reflect on how technology relates to sustainability challenges. How and in which contexts can technology contribute to sustainable development, and how can it be part of the problem? Relate your reflection to videos and readings from part 1. One of your posts should be a response to another course participants reflection.



Introductory texts to sustainability

The readings below introduce key sustainability concepts and tensions. They are not mandatory reading, but useful to get up to speed on important sustainable development themes.


Open Lectures and Events in Uppsala

CEMUS Opening Lecture January 18: Education, Sustainable Development and the Challenges of Climate Change
With Doreen Stabinsky, Zennström Visiting Professor in Climate Change Leadership.

Monday January 18, 18.15-20.00, in Hambergssalen, Geocentrum, Villavägen 16, Uppsala.

Öppen föreläsning 20 januari: Världsekonomi och hållbar utveckling: verkliga dilemman och mentala fängelser
Onsdag 20 januari kl. 15.15-17.00 i Norrland 2, Geocentrum, föreläser Örjan Appelqvist, docent internationella relationer och ekonomisk historia.

Kl. 17.15-18.00 – Fortsatt diskussion med Örjan Appelqvist om världsekonomins dilemman.

Framtidsakademin 27 januari: Land och stad – nya relationer i en osäker tid
Föreläsning av Erik Westholm, SLU.

Onsdagar kl 18.00–19.30
STADSBIBLIOTEKET, Svartbäcksgatan 17

Kostnadsfria föreläsningar. Välkommen att diskutera framtidens frågor med dagens forskare!

January 28: CEMUS Roots Project Café
With the new year officially around the corner, it’s time to let everyone know about your projects and ideas! For that occasion CEMUS Roots is hosting the next Project Café on Thursday 28th of January at 16.15 in the CEMUS library. The project café will be followed by a spring semester start-up mingle in CEMUS Library.

As we always do, we encourage everyone to bring new ideas and projects..and please feel free to join us even if you have never been at any of our events! We love meeting new people.

Looking forward to see you all.