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on 23 Jan, 15:46
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Mindset-UNMC

[Mindset Public Talk] Connecting to Nature & Systems Thinking for a Better City

We are pleased to invite you to our first Mindset Public Talk of 2018. This event is in conjunction with The World Urban Forum in Kuala Lumpur and features two presentations, from Dr Chris Ives (University of Nottingham, UK) and Dr David Tan (United Nations University – International Institute for Global Health). Both speakers will discuss areas of their research, which offer innovative perspectives for moving towards urban sustainability (details below).

This event is one of Mindset’s Public Talks – monthly events that are generally (but as this month, not always) held on the evening of the third Wednesday of each month. These talks are aimed to a general audience including academics, government officers, NGOs, people from the relevant industries, and any person with an interest for environmental issues. We are looking forward to see you in this and future Mindset events.

Please do join us and share this information with others who might be interested.

Mindset Public Talk, Feb 2018

Title: Connecting to Nature & Systems Thinking for a Better City

Guest Speakers: Dr Chris Ives and Dr David Tan

Date & time: Wed 7 Feb 2018, 6-7:30 pm

Venue: University of Nottingham Kuala Lumpur Teaching Centre (KLTC), Level 2, Chulan Tower, No 3 Jalan Conlay, Kuala Lumpur (GPS: 3.149604, 101.716449)

Organizer: Mindset, UNMC Interdisciplinary Centre for Environmental Studies

RSVP: Wed 31 Jan, Praveena.Chackrapani@nottingham.edu.my

Refreshments will be served after the talk

[To avoid traffic hassle we encourage using public transport. The nearest stations to KLTC are Monorail’s Raja Chulan (11 min walking) and MRT’s Bukit Bintang (13 min)]

About the Speakers and the Talks

Connecting to nature in the city: Current knowledge and new directions for sustainable urbanisation

Being ‘connected to nature’ is increasingly recognised as vital for a good quality of life but increasingly difficult to achieve in the context of rapid urbanisation. In this talk, concepts of human-nature connectedness will be outlined based on insights from diverse fields of scholarship. The challenge of enhancing connections to nature in the new urban era will then explored. Actions for connecting people to nature will be related to the vision of cities presented in the UN’s New Urban Agenda before proposing a framework for how nature can be embedded in pathways towards urban sustainability.

Dr. Chris Ives is an interdisciplinary researcher with expertise in urban social-ecological systems and the human dimensions of environmental management. He joined the University of Nottingham in 2016 after holding research positions at universities in Australia and Germany. As an Australian, Chris loves the outdoors but is also fascinated by how cities function in different parts of the world. His research has focused on the values urban residents assign to green space, the ethics of conservation policy, the biodiversity of streamside habitats and ways of conceptualising sustainability transformations.

Systems Thinking for Urban Health and Sustainable Development

Health begins in the environments we live and operate in. Cities play a pivotal role, both as the environments that are home to a majority to human beings today, and as engines of development that are shaping the global environment of tomorrow. The relationships that govern the operation of cities are complex, difficult to observe and understand. Systems thinking is a tool for tracing and exploring the feedback loops that govern complex systems. The talk will introduce the SCHEMA project, “Systems Thinking and Place-Based Methods for Healthier Malaysian Cities,” which uses systems thinking for understanding specific problems and for facilitating communication between disciplines and between experts and non-experts to break down information and management silos.

Dr. David Tan is a systems thinking researcher with a background in environmental engineering. He joined United Nations University – International Institute for Global Health in 2016, where he explores the linkages between urban environments and public health and wellbeing. His interests include sustainable housing and transit solutions and figuring out how to get key actors in urban environments to see the impact they have on health.

on 4 Dec, 18:45
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Biji-biji Initiative

Fairtrade in Asia: World Fair Trade Organisation Workshop

Biji-biji Initiative and WFTO are running a workshop to raise awareness and understanding about what it means to be a fairtrade organisation in Malaysia. This session is for anyone interested in learning about fairtrade in Asia, developing their sustainable and ethical agenda and registering as a Fair Trade Organization.

For registration
Email to: ambika@biji-biji.com
Fee: RM20/person
(Payment should be made by cash upon arrival for the workshop)

SESSION 1: Introductions: participants, sustainability and Fair Trade

9:00 AM
Workshop Introduction by WFTO Asia

9:30 AM
Presentation of Biji-biji Initiative

10:00 AM
Break and Group Photo

10:15 AM
What is Fair Trade?
Practice of Fair Trade and Sustainable Business Model
What is the role of Fair Trade in Asia?

SESSION 2
The World Fair Trade Organization Guarantee System
11:00 PM
WFTO Guarantee System (GS): how to apply and go through the monitoring system.

11:30 PM
Market Trends and Opportunities for products in the international market and the role of sustainability
The Fair Trade Asia Summit 2018 in Kathmandu, Nepal

12:00pm
Questions, Comments and Networking

More information here: https://www.facebook.com/events/161010784646859/

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on 1 Dec, 14:14

TTDI Fun Run

The TTDI RA 2017 Fun Run is the inaugural run undertaken by the Taman Tun Dr. Ismail Residents Association. It is a 5.5km run and starts off at Taman Rimba Kiara, goes through TTDI residential and commercial areas and culminates back at Taman Rimba Kiara.This year the run seeks to highlight the plight of Taman Rimba Kiara that has been earmarked to be converted from a green lung into multiple massive 50 storey condominiums.

The Run hopes to get everyone together, create awareness and to preserve Taman Rimba Kiara as a park for everyone.

To find out more details or to sign up for the run, simply visit the online registration page at:

https://event.howei.com/event/ttdi-run-2017

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#savetamanrimbakiara

on 13 Nov, 14:17

A positive vision for conservation education, by Pierre de Chabannes

We are pleased to invite you to our second of November’s Mindset Public Talks – ‘Let’s be positive – a vision for conservation education’, by Pierre de Chabannes. Mr de Chabannes is a scientific advisor for National Geographic, a reporter, photographer, lecturer, and the driving force behind the Photozoo Collection. In this talk, he will share his vision on the potential of zoos for positive education on conservation.

This event is one of Mindset’s Public Talks monthly events that are generally held on the evening of the third Wednesday of each month. These talks are aimed to a general audience including academics, government officers, NGOs, people from the relevant industries, and any person with an interest for environmental issues. We are looking forward to see you in this and future Mindset events.

Please do join us and share this information with others who might be interested.

Mindset Public Talk, Nov 2017

Title:Let’s be positive – a vision for conservation education

Guest Speaker: Pierre de Chabannes

Date & time: Wed 22 Nov 2017, 6-7:30 pm

Venue: University of Nottingham Kuala Lumpur Teaching Centre (KLTC), Level 2, Chulan Tower, No 3 Jalan Conlay, Kuala Lumpur (GPS: 3.149604, 101.716449)

Organizer: Mindset, UNMC Interdisciplinary Centre for Environmental Studies

RSVP: Fri 17th Nov, Praveena.Chackrapani@nottingham.edu.my

Refreshments will be served after the talk

Transport from and back to UNMC will be provided for students who register before Fri 17th Nov

[To avoid traffic hassle we encourage using public transport. The nearest stations to KLTC are Monorail’s Raja Chulan (11 min walking) and MRT’s Bukit Bintang (13 min)]

About the Speaker and Talk

A native of Paris, France, Pierre de Chabannes is a scientific advisor for National Geographic Society, reporter, photographer, lecturer and an expert in animal identification and conservation issues around the world. He is also the driving force behind the Photozoo Collection, one of the world’s largest documentary websites on captive species.

Fascinated with the world of zoos and aquariums since he was a child, Pierre has extensively studied not only the taxa in their collections, but the conservation status of the more than 15,000 species presently held in captivity. The Photozoo project seeks to preserve, in photographs and educational documents at least, the world’s biodiversity at this moment in time.

A freelance reporter and photographer since 2007, Pierre has authored articles in both English and French for publications such as Avicultural Magazine (The Avicultural Society), Watchbird (American Federation of Aviculture) and International Zoo News. His first book, a concise encyclopedia of all parrot species in captivity, is also in production.

Delivering a optimistic, yet realistic, message is quite a challenge in today’s world in which we’re facing a massive animal extinction crisis, constant pollution of our planet, wars and political crisis leading to disastrous living conditions for millions of human beings. Yet, optimism is a crucial element of an educational message, especially when it is addressed to zoo visitors who haven’t been taught zoology or nature conservation. Most humans display a natural tendency to step away from negative messages and tend to favour positive emotions.

In this talk, Pierre shares with the audience his opinion on the good that can arise from a positive education, this being especially true in a zoo setting. Hop on with Pierre on a world tour of education messages and practices applied by zoos and understand how efficient a positive education message can be ! Educating isn’t enough anymore… today, people want to feel as heroes.

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