Links and parallel processes


Links and parallel processes

The term "Great Transformation" is still in its infancy. Nevertheless it is already discussed by various actors. Below, we list basic literature, information about some parallel processes and (partly commented) links.

Basic literature:

  • Polanyi, Karl (1944/1957): The Great Transformation. The political and economic origins of our time. Beacon press, Boston.
    Polanyi established both terms “the Great Transformation” and “embeddedness” which he explains in the registered book.
  • WBGU (2011): World in Transition, A Social Contract for Sustainability. Flagship Report.


Civil Society Organizations dealing with the topic:

Further NGOs: The Northern Alliance for Sustainability (ANPED), Transition Network, Transition United States, Four Years.Go


Research Institutes:


Newspaper articles:

Coming soon


Parallel Conferences

  • The Great Transformation - Greening the economy
    In 2010, Heinrich Böll-Stiftung (Foundation Heinrich Böll, HBS) gave an international conference on the topic. Further information, a conference summary and inputs can be found here (only in German); an English summary can be found here.
  • The SmartCSOs Conference in London
    The conference  was held in 2011 about holistic and systemic transitions to a sustainable society that CSOs can foster. More information about the conference, participants and inputs can be found here.
  • The Great Transformation. Climate Change as Cultural Change. International Conference
    In 2009, the Institute for Advanced Studie in the Humanities (Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut, KWI), the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (Potsdam Institut für Klimafolgenforschung, PIK) and the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy (WI) held a conference with support from the Foundation Mercator. More information and conference documentation can be found here.
  • Transformationskongress
    The congress organised by the umbrella associations of German Trade Unions and German ecological organisations and facilities of the German Protestant Church was mainly held in German. Videos, other documentation as well as results can be found on the website.