Presentation at SASE (New School / New York)

Presenting our last paper “Cooperatives As Naturally Embedded Organizations – Implications for Societal Challenges and Resilience” for the SASE 2019. Conference took place at The New School in downtown Manhattan. Albert and Vera List Academic Center (Bldg D) – D910.

The paper was in the session “Can Co-operatives Create Community and Economic Development? An international perspective” organized by Katherine Chen (The City College of New York and the Graduate Center, CUNY), Torsten Geelan (University of Leicester), Lara Monticelli (Copenhagen Business School), and Joyce Rothschild (VirginiaTech). Moderator was Trevor Young-Hyman (University of Pittsburgh).

Always feels good to be back at NYC.

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MAP workshop in Malawi (Mzuzu)

We successfully completed another great MAP workshop (Multi-Actor Platform) with partners and local stakeholders on Mzuzu Malawi, for the Farms4Biodiversity project!

Multi-Actor Platforms bring diverse stakeholders together in a formal process of interactive learning, sharing, empowerment, and collaborative governance to discuss opportunities and obstacles to a desired set of goals. Multi-Actor Platforms are designed to promote resilience and innovation in the face of risk, complexity, and uncertainty.

Our objective was to explore new, innovative institutional and policy frameworks to enable use of agroecological practices to reduce biodiversity loss, sustain ecosystem services, and improve climate change adaptation.

My last paper makes it to the SSRN Top Ten List

My paper “How to Successfully Change an Organization: Management Perceptions and Practices” is on the top ten download list of SSRN (Social Science Research Network by Elsevier).

The paper deals with the case of the dairy company Valio in Finland and its massive reorganization efforts. The paper is available online on both the journal and the SSRN.

Lamprinakis, L. (2017), How to Successfully Change an Organization: Management Perceptions and Practices. OIDA International Journal of Sustainable Development, 10(5): 39-48.

Food Safety Day – November 21

I will be presenting at the Food Safety Day (Mattryghetsdagen) on November 21. The event takes place at Nofima and I will present our recent work on Food Safety governance. This is the final seminar of the PathFoodChain project that examined the overall strategies and decision-making systems on food safety – from risk assessment to risk management and communications.

My presentation will focus on our latest study on food safety governance in the meat industry in Norway and Sweden. We map the established governance systems and highlight the key challenges and areas of emerging threats. The topic is very relevant these days since biosecurity has become an elevated issue in both countries. Our analysis further stresses the need for effective and efficient governance systems and practices in the sector.

On the origin of money (and crypto)

A recent article on Science News magazine offers a new, revisionist approach to the origin of money, that is somewhat contrary to what we believe in economics:

That well-worn story gets money all wrong, anthropologists and archaeologists say. “Adam Smith based his ‘creation myth’ of financial systems on ignorance of what actually happened in the past,” says archaeologist Robert Rosenswig of the University at Albany in New York.

A stone money bank, Yap, Micronesia, Pacific
Source: http://en.theoutlook.com.ua/article/6857/lost-island-of-yap-the-land-of-big-money.html

Early governments created money to pay off public works debts and to collect taxes […] Bartering had nothing to do with it.

The article is titled “Conflict reigns over the history and origins of money” and is available online.

Presenting at the ICABR bioeconomy event at The World Bank

​I will be attending “Disruptive Innovations, Value Chains, and Rural Development” organized by ICABR (International Consortium on Applied Bioeconomy Research) at The World Bank in June, where I am presenting my paper “Circular regulations (CR) for bioeconomy development”

The talk highlights the importance for a new understanding of regulatory frameworks that directly relate to the emerging bioeconomy and the underlying circular understanding of economic activity.

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Source: http://www.worldbank.org/en/events/2017/10/11/disruptive-innovations-value-chains-and-rural-development#3

Presenting at the Belfast Summit on Global Food Integrity

I will be speaking at the Belfast Summit on Global Food Integrity (May 28-31) about the strategies and the decision-making framework of food risk analysis in the Nordics. The talk reflects on a recent research study conducted by the University of Oslo (UiO) and the Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research (NIBIO).

The title of our abstract is “Uncovering the strategies within the decision-making framework of food risk analysis in the Nordics”

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Launch of the IRENA report: Renewable Energy Prospects in the European Union

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) just published the report “Renewable energy prospects for the European Union” to contribute to the ongoing discussions on the regulatory frameworks necessary to support renewable energy as part of the Commission’s “Clean Energy for All Europeans” package.

The report further supports the global REmap analysis, to set practical roadmaps for doubling renewables in the global energy mix by 2030.

Irena
Source: https://www.irena.org/publications/2018/Feb/Renewable-energy-prospects-for-the-EU

The complete report is freely available here.