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Over the last six-plus years, this personal experiment has achieved recognition, including an appearance in UNEP’s Greening Universities Toolkit (page 61).

This unfunded exercise had used only free web resources (free website builders and social networking) until August 2016, when Moonfruit.com scrapped its free version, requiring payment for this website.

Based on this endeavour, I have developed two frameworks:
The WAVE Hypothesis for SUSTAINABILITY Engagement across boundaries
The Sustainable University Support (SUS) Model

I seek an opportunity to put my innovative efforts into practice. If you are interested in my work, please contact me asitha_jayawardena@yahoo.com or on social media.

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The WAVE Hypothesis for SUSTAINABILITY Engagement

The WAVE Hypothesis for SUSTAINABILITY Engagement across boundaries

Simply put, what #SustyEngWAVE says is: target fertile points – the more, the better – to significantly enhance the levels of sustainability engagement across boundaries (e.g. disciplinary, cultural, social).

It has 14 fertile points: Aliens, Celebration, Celebrities, Dreams, Future, Graphics, Humour, Letters, Poetry, Positive angle, Public domain, Quotes, Social media, and Storytelling.

For example, this can be put into action as follows:
• Storytelling
• Knowledge Journalism
• Poetry

Storytelling | #SustySTORY

Storytelling is a quite powerful engagement tool and I have experimented it from creative angles, including: Aliens, Dreams, Future and Modern folk tales.

Sustainability Storytelling website

Knowledge Journalism | #KnowledgeJOURNALISM

Knowledge Journalism is of two types:
• The press
• Online

The press
In 1997-2007, i.e. before my Sustainable University (SU) Experiment, I published around 50 science/ engineering oriented articles in the national press in Sri Lanka and most of them had academics, researchers or professionals as resource persons:

Knowledge JOURNALISM for Sustainability | Four types of press articles with experts as resource persons

Online
The online version of Knowledge Journalism is of two types: (a) on the SU News website, posts on research-related events such as conferences, and (b) LinkedIn posts on topics with an academic/ research origin. Some selected posts are featured here:
Sustainability Communication website

Poetry | #SUpoetry

This poetry is of two types: (a) work by great poets, and (b) my poems with a sustainability theme.

Sustainable University Poetry website

Testing the WAVE Hypothesis

In order to test the potential of the WAVE Hypothesis, I used it to create 10 engagement opportunities out of a single annual event (i.e. Ashden Awards 2017), targeting diverse stakeholders over a period of six months.

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