The “Law of the Sustainability of Living Systems”, developed with other experts, explains and specifies the principles of sustainability: It says that living systems are only sustainable if they achieve a balance between productivity and elasticity. Balance, therefore, between short-term benefits of long-term existence. Just like that of Yin and Yang – not an “either – or”. We violate this law criminally. We have driven most living systems out of balance, making them non-sustainable.. Mono-cultures of all kinds, for example, emphasize short-term benefits and are not even sustainable in the short term without massive additional costs, as Lietaer shows with the example of forests and today’s monetary system. The book calls on readers to ensure that this law of sustainability is recognized and complied with. Both as individuals and as leaders in business and politics, readers are challenged to balance the short-sighted overvaluation of rapid return with the preservation of resilience.
Whole-systems thinking has to be a transdisciplinary activity that maps and integrates relationships, flows and perspectives into a dynamic understanding of the structures and processes that drive how the system behaves.
We can reduce the world to a whole just as easily as we can reduce it to a collection of parts. Neither the whole nor parts are primary; they come into being through the dynamic processes that define their identity through relationships and networks of interactions.
We should regard the boundaries that delineate one system from another as places of connection and exchange rather than barriers that separate or isolate.
Reproduced from: http://donellameadows.org/archives/envisioning-a-sustainable-world/ Envisioning a Sustainable World By Donella Meadows~ Written for the Third Biennial Meeting of the International Society for Ecological Economics, October 24-28, 1994, San Jose, Costa Rica1 Key Words vision, sustainability, hunger, policy Abstract Vision is the most vital step in the policy process. If we don’t know where we want to go,… Read More
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Reproduced from: http://www.mdpi.com/2071-1050/10/5/1422/htm Sustainability 2018, 10(5), 1422; doi: 10.3390/su10051422 Concept Paper Eating Our Way to Sustainability? Leisure, Food and Community Economic Development Jennifer Sumner Adult Education and Community Development Program, OISE/University of Toronto, Toronto, ON M5S 1V6, Canada Received: 24 March 2018 / Accepted: 2 May 2018 / Published: 4 May 2018 Abstract This article reviews and… Read More