Integral Green Economy for a Sustainable Future in the Context of the EU Policies: The Case of the Integral Green Slovenia.

Paper by Darja Piciga in cooperation with Alexander Schieffer and Ronnie Lessem, for the Symposium on the New Paradigm in Politics & Economy, The Laszlo Institute of New Paradigm Research, Bagni di Lucca, Italy, 23rd-24th May 2017.

The paper presents the conceptual framework of Integral Worlds approach, its application in the economic field, and the model of Integral Green Slovenia as a case of Integral Green Economy for Sustainable Development in the context of EU policies.

Paper available here.

Integral Green Slovenia book now in Slovenia!

Book Integral Green Slovenia

You can purchase Integral Green Slovenia in printed or electronic version directly from the publisher Routledge (click this link) or from online bookstores.

More information on the website of the Trans4m Center for Integral Development and on this link.

In the days when Slovenia celebrates its 25 years of independence, a very special gift – more than 100 copies of the book Integral Green Slovenia – has arrived to the country.

Integral Green Slovenia: Towards a Social, Knowledge- and Value-Based Economy and Society at the Heart of Europe, edited by Darja Piciga, Alexander Schieffer and Ronnie Lessem, is the second book in the Integral Green Society and Economy series. It tells the unique story of a society pursuing a newly holistic and green approach to economics. The story is framed by real-life stories of integral communities and organisations on a path of social innovation for sustainability.

The rich set of authors – the three editors with more than 40 Slovenian co-authors - jointly introduce a purposeful developmental process, helping Slovenia as a whole to become more “integral” and more “green”, thereby responding to its specific needs and drawing on its particular strengths. The Citizens’ Initiative driving this process included all sectors of Slovenian society in co-evolving sustainable societal and economic development. As a whole, this book serves as a global showcase for an integral European economy, dealing with an entire society at the geographic heart of Europe.

As you read through Integral Green Slovenia, you are not confronted with a discordant set of chapters, but invited into an interdependent storyline. Inspired by the nature and culture as well as historical evolution of Slovenia, all contributors see each other as a continuation of this foundational story.

In genuine application of the theory of integral economy and integral development, they draw on the Slovenian history and on each other - from grassroots developments in organic food self-sufficiency to remarkable case of Pipistrel, a world leader in ultra-light aircraft design and construction; from cooperative movement in the beginning of 20th century to one of the country's most prominent high-tech manufacturers, Domel, co-owned and co-managed by employees; from socially innovative Kindergarten Slovenska Bistrica, widely recognised for its holistic approach to children’s education and community engagement, to integral consideration of strategic environmental assessment - to take Slovenia forward as an integral society and economy.

The Integral Green Slovenia is dedicated to Slovenia, to Europe and to the World, in the spirit of the Slovenian anthem, with the words of the poet France Prešeren:

“Long live all the nations,
Who long to see
That all men free
No more shall foes,
but neighbours be.”

IGS panel at IRDO 2015

IRDO 2015

Group C: SOCIAL-INNOVATON PANEL: Integral green Slovenia as a new, socially responsible model of sustainable development for Europe. How to convince decision-makers in Brussels?

Social-innovation panel: abstract of the panel

1. Paper
Darja Piciga, PhD., Citizens’ Initiative for Integral Green Slovenia, Jože Osterc, Ph.D., Eco-Social Forum,Gorazd Pavlek, Andrej Kranjc, MSc., Citizens' Initiative for Integral Green Slovenia
Slovenian journey toward integral renewal

2. Paper
Jožica Rejec, PhD., Štefan Bertoncelj, Tanja Kramar, Janez Rihtaršič, PhD., all Domel Ltd., Železniki, Slovenia
Domel as a reflection of history and the global environment

3. Paper
Tadej Slapnik, Office of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Slovenia
Various models of establishment of cooperatives in Slovenia

4. Paper
Sebastjan Pikl, Novum Institute
Social entrepreneurship - betweent theory and practice

5. Paper
Nevenka Bogataj, PhD., Slovenian Institute for Adult Education
Responsibility as a constitutional element of sustainability – the case of Commons

6. Paper
Aleksandra Gradišek, Development Centre of the Heart of Slovenia
The Heart of Slovenia - A story of innovative ways of connecting people - Integral intertwinement of entrepreneurship, tourism and self-sufficiency

7. Paper
Marko Slapnik, Center Rinka – Institute for tourism and sustainable development of Solčavsko; Nevenka Bogataj, PhD., Slovenian Institute for Adult Education
Solčavsko as a case of local responsibility and integral green economy

8. Paper
Prof. Martina Bavec, Ph.D., Faculty of Agriculture and Life Sciences, University of Maribor, Tjaša Ritter, Faculty of Agriculture and Life Sciences, University of Maribor, Simon Bavec, M.Sc., Milojka Fekonja Ph.D., Regional development agency Slovenke Gorice, Lenart, Slovenia, prof. Franc Bavec, Ph.D., Faculty of Agriculture and Life Sciences, University of Maribor
Small and organic farms' contribution towards food security, environment protection, preservation of cultural heritage and social inclusion

9. Paper
Maja Kolar, PhD. Biotechnical Centre Naklo, Slovenia
Nature is teaching us – Pilot project of biodynamic school gardens

10. Paper
Liliana Vižintin, PhD., Biotechnical Centre Naklo
The green integral model of Biotechnical Centre Naklo as an example of good practice

11. Paper
Ivana Leskovar, Oton Župančič kindergarten, Slovenska Bistrica, Slovenia, Stanka Stegne, Oton Župančič kindergarten, Slovenska Bistrica, Slovenija, Karin Lavin, Institute for integral development Anima mundi, Sežana, Mojca Pešak, Oton Župančič Kindergarten, Slovenska Bistrica, Slovenija
Vrtec v središču

12. Paper
Marko Pogačnik, academic sculptor, VITAAA, Slovenia
Identity of Slovenia as a hidden potential

13. Paper
Prof. Emer. Matjaž Mulej, PhD.PhD., IRDO Institute for the Development of Social Responsibility, EPF -Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Maribor, Anita Hrast, IRDO Institute for the Development of Social Responsibility
Integral green economy requires social responsibility as renewed values, culture, ethics and norms in practice

14. Paper
Vesna Kolar Planinšič, MSc, Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning of the Republic of Slovenia; Darja Piciga, PhD., Citizens’ Initiative for Integral Green Slovenia and Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning of the Republic of Slovenia
Smart integration of EU policies for sustainable development

15. Paper
Iztok Erjavec; Klemen Bizjak, MSc., Martina Gopurn, Andrej Firm : all Institute for Sustainable Development and Holistic Solutions – InTeRCeR, Slovenija
Using the social entrepreneurship approach to generate innovative eco-social interventions in agriculture in Slovenia: a case study