The second speaker, Mr Sheldry Osepa (Minister Plenipotentiary of Curaçao in The Netherlands), underlined the necessity for policy makers to be forward-thinking. Mr Osepa referred to the efforts made in Curaçao to develop sustainable energy projects and complimented Stenden for supporting students, our future leaders, in their thinking and acting in relation to sustainability.
Dr Klaas Wybo van der Hoek (vice-president of Stenden) referred to the university’s long-term commitment to support the development of leaders who can act in an international context and, as Stenden’s vision tells us, “serve to make it a better world.” He is convinced that the book by Cavagnaro and Curiel will strongly enhance Stenden’s efforts to integrate sustainability into its school’s curriculum.
Finally, Dr Craig Thompson (Academic Dean at Stenden’s School of Hospitality Management) referred back to his experience as a lecturer in sustainable tourism and concluded that he wished he could have had The Three Levels of Sustainability at his disposal then. Its completeness and clarity, he said, would have been crucial to both himself and his students and is in complete support of the book’s use at Stenden.
The authors thoroughly enjoyed the day and appreciated all the positive comments towards their work. As has already been shown, the book was found to be inspiring and all present on the day received a a copy of The Three Levels.
A review of the launch by Elena Cavagnaro.
Elena Cavagnaro is professor of Service Studies at Stenden University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands, where her reserch focuses on issues where the organisational level meets the society level or the individual the organisational. George Curiel is a freelance advisor and continues to consult with governments and organisations in search of new horizons and strategies for a more sustainable development path.
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