The GATE Convergence meeting on 18th October 2023 was an international session where members shared updates on their various Transition projects.
We call this a “convergence” because it is more than a sharing of ideas. It is an opportunity to impart experiences, a linking of similarities and chance to debate opinions.
All presentations delivered at Convergence 2023 were pre-recorded and are available to watch by clicking the Convergence 2023 banner above.
Teaching, Learning and Training
The most important learning for professionals has been identified by business leaders:
- Wholistic Climate Intelligence - You need to be able to process and distil the scientific information about greenhouse gas emissions, biodiversity loss, plastic pollution, nitrogen pollution, water scarcity, environmental refugees and any of the number of harms arising from the successful industrial technical enterprise, and create clear problem definitions for local shift projects.
- Energy Systems Training - You need to understand energy systems from resource extraction and conversion to distribution, markets, and end use technologies. You also need knowledge of energy economics, markets and policy. You will need knowledge of energy cultures to help stakeholders understand the history and operationality of incumbent systems in order to develop opportunities for energy transitions.
- Data Analysis and Digital Communication Skills - You need to work with statistical and technical data, generate exploratory scenarios, and be able to communicate information to a range of stakeholders and decision-makers. Design and build Digital Capital for your projects.
- Pathfinding and Transition Leadership - You need to be able to navigate the dynamic and constantly changing environment during the energy transition era.
The Transition Engineering courses deliver these skills for professionals in all fields.
The fundamental principles of Transition Engineering are straight-forward, once you have mastered the ability to negotiate your perspective to interrogate the past, present and future. Reading the texts and literature is essential. It is also helpful to watch the videos. GATE is being organised to provide the most important thing for teaching and learning: doing. The tactical creativity required for dealing with wicked problems of unsustainability is best learned through participation in a project. This can be done by enrolling in a class, pursuing a Masters or PhD, or working with a Transition Engineering project in your company or organisation. The number of experienced Transition Engineers is small, but growing fast.