Malene Lundén from the Energy Academy will be working together with Irina Papazu, who wrote her PhD dissertation about Samsø’s Renewable Energy Island project and is currently working as a post.doc at CBS on a VELUX project about ‘sustainable entrepreneurship’. In the project, Samsø is her main case of a sustainable entrepreneur, understood as a change agent who creates societal change through entrepreneurial processes.
Beside her research, Irina teaches at FLØK (erhvervsfilosofi), a cand. merc. programme in business philosophy at CBS. This semester, she teaches BA students organizational philosophy together with associate professor Ole Bjerg, and it is as part of this course that Malene has been invited to facilitate a half-day workshop about Samsø and the Energy Academy’s 20-years’ experience with community-building, participatory processes and sustainability.
In the regular classes, the BA students learn about philosophical problem-solving and sense-making techniques through philosophers such as Zizek, Heidegger and Latour. Empirically, the course focuses on the topic of ‘sustainability’, and in the workshop the students will be exposed to the methods, such as the circle meeting, which have made the Energy Academy project managers successful at facilitating change processes and social learning. In this way, the students will learn both about Samsø’s powerful example and history and about methods that can facilitate further change processes in the future, maybe even managed by some of them.
Hopefully, this will only be the beginning of the partnership between CBS and Samsø Energy Academy.