Bezalel’s Sustainable Development Hub
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Bezalel’s Sustainable Development Hub systematically acts to instill the understanding of this responsibility and helps develop the professional tools and capabilities required to meet this responsibility and affect sustainable change.

Sustainable development stands today at the forefront of the national and global agenda with the United Nations, the European Union, governments, universities, civil societies and business organizations leading the efforts.

This agenda prescribes that sustainability requires simultaneously integrating the need for continuous human and economic development with the need to preserve the opportunity for future generations to continue to develop. Since Bezalel trains the designers, artists and architects who will map out culture and be responsible for the products and structures which will characterize Israeli society, a great deal of responsibility rests on the shoulders of the Academy in respect of the next generations.

Bezalel’s Sustainable Development Hub systematically acts to instill the understanding of this responsibility and helps develop the professional tools and capabilities required to meet this responsibility and affect sustainable change. In its activities, the Sustainable Development Hub encourages students to take on a leadership role by identifying complex universal challenges, asking questions, taking on critical standpoints and implementing solutions that take into consideration social, communal and environmental perspectives.

The essence of Bezalel is comprised from a unique professional identity, a distinctive vocabulary, and singular creative processes. Bezalel’s Sustainable Development Hub leads the efforts for the integration of sustainability at the Academy through the development of an academic infrastructure for teaching and research of sustainable development. The Hub adds to the professional basket of tools available, abilities and capabilities to better cope with the complexities and scale of sustainable development challenges. Among these special capabilities are systemic thinking, strategic thinking and the interpersonal skills required for research and creation in a multidisciplinary team all the while taking into account ecologic points of view as well as instilling into the creative process the needs of future generations and society as a whole.

The activities of the Hub give centrality and importance to sustainable development at Bezalel through individual and group research studies, academic publications, conferences and seminars. It also spearheads collaborations with academic, civilian and business entities, on a municipal, national, regional and global level.

Head of Bezalel’s Sustainable Development Hub – Dr. Elad Persov.
elad.persov@post.bezalel.ac.il

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