From June 26 to June 28, the 25th International Sustainable Development Research Society (ISDRS) Conference took place in Nanjing, China. The ISDRS is a global network of sustainable development professionals that links researchers in academia and practitioners from all continents in order to expand collaboration and exchange of knowledge, experiences, best practices and critical reviews. Alexandra Masako Goossens-Ishii of SGI attended the conference.
The conference gathered about 170 scholars and researchers from various backgrounds related to sustainable development. The theme of this year’s conference was “Sustaining Resources for the Future.” Presentations ranged from economic to philosophical perspectives of sustainable development. Some of the keynote speakers included: Professor Pauline Deutz, University of Hull and President of ISDRS; Professor Huadong Guo, Academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences; Professor Antonio Bento, Director, Center for Sustainability Solutions, University of Southern California; Professor Xuehua Zhang, Chief scientist, Lishui Institute of Ecology and Environment, Nanjing University.
Goossens-Ishii introduced the philosophy of Soka education and SGI’s approach to education in non-formal and informal settings. She presented SGI’s efforts in education for sustainable development through the “Seeds of Hope” exhibition and discussed the power of storytelling for change.