The media site ChangeThis is working to spread new thoughts and ideas to a wider audience. There are a number of interesting manifestos and I found the beyond sustainability one worth a mention.
It tackles the fundamental concepts of sustainability from the very necessary position of redefining the entire concept and looking at realising humans possibilities.
As a society, we are addicted to solving our problems through a reductionist frame. When
we confront problems in the world, we chop them into small pieces and give each piece to a
specialist familiar with that chunk. Over time, as we have done this more and more, society’s
competence to address the complex, messy problems we confront has diminished.
Unsustainability is just such a messy problem. Sustainability is a holistic concept that takes
an equally holistic stance to attain. Reductionist solutions will not suffice.
John Errenfeld goes on to discuss how to tackle the root causes rather than the symptoms. Fundamental changes in the way we think and the way we live our lives. Well worth a read.