Eleven Things I’ve Learned About Sustainability

It seems clear to me that the search for solutions to the challenges faced in common by all people will not be successful if limited to an outward quest for answers in the domains of science and technology – that is to say, without including the human factor as the essential ingredient in every consideration.  The moral and ethical responsibility of the leader of integral development for long-range systemic sustainability is, in the first place, a commitment to the well-being of all living things in our planet as well as to their descendants.  No longer can we afford the luxury of ignoring the secondary impacts of our technologies and the undesirable consequences of our paradigms.  To be sustainable, I seek to incorporate perspectives that are systemic, humanistic and ethical at the heart of all that I do to advance the human cause.

Thinking of sustainability as a journey leads to engagement with a process; a way of life and a way of being/becoming.  Thinking of it as a destination objectifies it and externalizes it, making it about something to achieve beyond oneself – in the world “out there”.   Engaging with the process, learning the different states of flow (sometimes as water, sometimes as vapor, sometimes as ice) while always being true to the aqueous nature of life, is the essence of learning the art of syntony.



About Giorgio Bertini

Director at Learning Change Project - Research on society, culture, art, neuroscience, cognition, critical thinking, intelligence, creativity, autopoiesis, self-organization, rhizomes, complexity, systems, networks, leadership, sustainability, thinkers, futures ++
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