WEBINAR #5: Co-production in the field of land-system science - Ethical and contextual considerations in knowledge co-production; and lessons learned from the webinar series

Tuesday, March 5, 2019 -
2:00pm to 3:30pm
Online - Central European Time
Related GLP Member: Isabelle Providoli, Albrecht Ehrensperger

The GLP working group on co-production is pleased to invite you to the fifth and final webinar of the webinar series on co-production in the field of land system science. The webinar is open to people already engaged in co-production, as well as to newcomers to the topic, who are not currently engaged in this exciting work. 

In the first part of this webinar, two speakers will focus on the ethical considerations in knowledge co-production. It will also review lessons learned from the webinar series on co-production in the field of land system science.

In the second part of the webinar, we will synthesise the lessons learned and take home messages from all contributors in the five sessions of the series. We will present a draft framework for co-production, a set of key messages and pathways towards the co-production framework and will ask participants to give their opinion on the same through an instant polling platform.

Speakers are:

Martha Chaves, Director of the Fundación Mentes en Transición (Transitional Minds Foundation), Colombia

Decolonizing knowledge production in rural Colombia: ethical considerations when encountering cultural plurality
This talk will introduce the educational initiative KORU 2018: “Searching for our tourism of origin”. Using ICT technologies, members of the afrocolombian community of Rosario Islands (in the North Caribbean region), members of the indigenous community Camëntsá (Southern region of Putumayo) and members of the peasant association of Filandia (Coffee region) interacted and co-produced knowledge and practices around the topic of ‘Tourism of Origin’. This form of tourism recognises the role of traditional knowledge in the conservation of bio-cultural diversity, and in counteracting the negative impacts of mass tourism being felt by the three territories. Through participatory diagnostic sessions with community members, we co-developed themes and pedagogical material to create a semi-virtual course taken by various participants including community members, university students, civil society organizations, and entrepreneurs. First, the decolonial and transgressive ethics of Koru in the context of Colombian rural education will be explained. And second, some of the ethical issues around the preparation and the implementation of the actual course will be highlighted. 

Sabin Bieri, Associate Director, Portfolio and Networks / Head of Socio-Economic Transitions Cluster, Centre for Development and Environment (CDE), University of Bern, Switzerland

Power in co-design: hidden agendas, manifest exclusions
This talk will offer an entry point to discuss power inequalities that tend to be overglossed by many promotors of co-design and multi-stakeholder initiatives. While the concept of deep and broad participation from the very outset of an initiative is a convincing argument, questions of privilege and exclusion are less prominently assessed. This contribution will offer an illustration on these delicate subjects.

Jean-Christophe Castella and Albrecht Ehrensperger, members of the working group coordination team, will present the synthesis of the webinar series and conduct the participant consultation. 


You can learn more about the webinar series and view recordings of previous sessions on our website under the Working Group for Co-production of Sustainable Land Systems.