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Event: Positive Tipping Points in Practice: Student Activism

13 October 2022 | 15.30-17.30


Published September 9, 2022

Activism has been instrumental in achieving many of the most significant social transformations in history, but it is difficult to identify what makes activism successful or not.

Activism at the University of Exeter is a huge part of many students’ response to the climate crisis, and a mechanism to have a positive impact on how it will unfold now and in the future.

But what is the role of student activism at the University of Exeter? What can be learned from what has or hasn’t worked? How can we better understand the potential for student activism to tip the university into a new system?

Join this free workshop to find out, and hear the latest research into Positive Tipping Points, from world-leading experts. We will collectively practice using the Positive Tipping Points framework – creating the right conditions for change, finding reinforcing feedback loops, and triggering a shift into a new system – before identifying key next steps for student activism on climate at the University of Exeter.

Please note, this event will be focused on student activism across the University of Exeter (including the Penryn Campus), but others who are interested in the topic are welcome to join.

The Positive Tipping Points framework is a way to re-think our understanding of how change happens. We’re familiar with negative tipping points that can accelerate the crisis, such as glacier melt or biodiversity loss, but we are also able to predict and encourage positive shifts which will help us avoid the worst impacts.

This event is part of a series of free Green Futures Network workshops following the Global Tipping Points Conference in Exeter in September. The final event will be an open space session to further explore key ideas that have emerged throughout the series. To sign up to the other events in the series, use the following links:

Climate justice
Climate-positive business
Doughnut Economics
Social movements
Food systems
What next?
For more information contact Peter from the Green Futures Network at gfn@exeter.ac.uk.