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Tapping into what matters: Relational Values and Policy mixes for sustainability Professor Kai Chan
Tapping into what matters: Relational Values and Policy mixes for sustainability
Video recording of our CACOR Lunch on 2019-03-20
Policy Making involving the environment is dominated by one kind of thinking, particularly about values—economics. (Intrinsic values are often recognized, but lack the rigorous framework of economics.) Insights from many other relevant social fields are myriad but generally inaccessible, too late coming, or in formats not conducive to incorporating into decision-making. As a result, many good environmental policies—desperately needed to meet the challenge of sustainability—abort early, have perverse effects, or lapse due to recoil and resistance from stakeholders. The concept of relational values—as preferences, principles and virtues about human relationships involving the environment—is quickly gaining traction as a crucial and previously overlooked way of understanding what matters to people and why, and what could serve as foundations for new social norms.