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Contributors: Omann, Ines, Dr. (UFZ Leipzig)


Scientific paper contribution: THANCS – a process to address tensions that emerge in/with a transition towards sustainable development
The paper is co-authored by Dr. Felix Rauschmayer

Abstract: THANCS (Thriving for Awareness for Non-Conflicting Strategies) is a group process which allows the participants to deal with tensions that arise in trying to pursue a sustainable lifestyle. It is evident (in particular for this conference) that a transition towards sustainability is needed. We do currently not have a sustainable development which allows everybody to live a decent life with a certain quality of life. Pursuing a sustainable lifestyle could allow on the one hand to use less resources and on the other to feel well by meeting one’s own needs. In order to meet their needs, people behave in a certain way, they apply strategies. As these strategies neither necessarily realise all our needs nor concord with all our values, tensions occur. THANCS supports in particular reflecting about the tension(s), its origins and the connection to one’s lifestyles and needs fulfilment. This reflection can lead to understanding and by communicating the results of the reflection with others, solutions to overcome the tensions might emerge.