Workshop – Digital for Sustainability

“Digital Transformation” has become a buzz phrase to describe progress made possible by a wide use of digital technologies. Since the 1980s an explosive growth has actually happened in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), and their pervasiveness brings a perception of accelerated innovation, as well as high expectations on their contributions to the sustainability of human civilization. Concepts such as disruption, dematerialization and zero marginal costs create the belief (up to now false) that becoming digital will lead to low resource consumption and bring help to mitigate our ecological footprint. However, research shows that the ICT sector itself is not environmentally friendly, and the indirect effects of ICT on other activities are not making them more sustainable either, or marginally so.
The issue is then how to make digitalization work to tackle the challenges of humanity. This demands rigorous inquiry and the creation of a specific research and action agenda which is for now in its infancy.
Considering this, we would like to invite you to the “Digital for Sustainability – In Need of a Disruptive Research Agenda” workshop. This event will be organized during the World Resources Forum on Tuesday 24th October 2017 in Geneva.
The goal of this workshop is to ignite a community of interested parties to work on interdisciplinary research and action agendas in order to promote the alignment of digital technologies with the goals of sustainable development.
For additional information and registration, please visit the WRF website.

In addition, any inputs and comments ahead of the workshop can be submitted to us directly, by emailing

We are looking forward to welcoming you in Geneva on 24th October.
Joséphine von Mitschke-Collande, Innaxis
Ladeja Godina Kosir, Circular Change
Soumaya El Kadiri, Texelia
Carlos Alvarez Pereira, Innaxis & Texelia

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