Act local, think global, link global – the first international conference on Positive Deviance and the behavioural sciences for sustainable development

Tuesday, 8 January 2019

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Act local, think global, link global – the first international conference of its kind

Two different but complementary approaches that generate solutions to long-running, difficult problems have emerged in the past two decades. For the first time, an international conference is being organised to introduce the two approaches, and to discuss their respective strengths and practical applications. 

One is Positive Deviance, a participatory, strength-based approach which uses four hidden, or partly hidden, sets of resources that exist in nearly all communities and organisations. The other involves insights and methods derived from research in the behavioural sciences.

Both approaches have been, and are being, applied in countries with very different income levels and cultures to address a wide range of issues. Both involve influencing people, groups and organisations at different levels of society. Both reflect a view of human nature that is more positive, other-oriented and inclusive than the self-interested, short-term view that currently disfigures politics and policies in many countries. 

The conference will take place from 8-11 January in Thailand (near the site of the recent cave rescue); it will include participants and case studies from Europe and the US as well as from Asia. Inequalities of various kinds, social and societal issues, health, nutrition and safety, climate change and environmental issues, emergencies and organisational change, will be discussed in practice-oriented, interactive sessions.

Part of the conference will focus on issues of interest to institutional philanthropy, to be determined by participants.  More details will be available on the internet on 20 September.


8 January 2019
11 January 2019
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Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai, Thailand
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