Political Scientist Dr. Severine Autessere spoke about her studies surrounding the conflict in the Congo and why international peacekeepers and diplomats have not produced sustainable results. Over ten years of research and field work with organization such as the UN and others, she concludes that the problem is the standard “top-down” approach to stabilize the region (which is inherently complex to say the least) and what is needed is a “bottom-up” approach.
Although this speaker event may not seem at face value to be a “sustainable” issue relatable to Springfield’s local concerns, the point Dr. Autessere made was that solutions must come from the grassroots level and that is a totally relatable characteristic for change.
If you missed this event and are interested in hearing a compassionate and well versed discussion about the Congo conflict, here is a 35 minute podcast with Dr. Autessere. http://www.theworld.org/2010/11/the-trouble-with-the-congo/