Holism and Understanding Sustainability
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In work undertaken in both Malta and Lebanon we have been reflecting on the current means by which the international community apply concepts intended to achieve what is called “sustainable development.” In an attempt to make means and ends conform to each other we have developed a holistic approach to what is essentially a timeless need for understanding, systemic planning, and compassionate stewardship. This essay indicates that we may be closer to holistic means with which to realize these goals than we know. It describes how some planning and analysis methods have their origins in ancient traditions. However, the milieu in which sustainability occurs is often unsympathetic to and sometimes incompatible with the ideals of holism. The essay assesses the current understanding of sustainability and points to the need for a wider and more inclusive base to contemporary sustainability as practiced in the community.
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- Holism and Understanding Sustainability
Systemic Practice and Action Research
Volume 18, Issue 4 , pp 409-426
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- Kluwer Academic Publishers-Plenum Publishers
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- sustainable development
- systemic planning
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- 1. Open Systems Research Group, Systems Department, Open University, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA, UK
- 2. Department of Geography, Whitenights, University of Reading, Reading, RG6 6AB, UK
- 3. Department of Geography, Whitenights, University of Reading, Reading, P.O. Box 227, RG6 6AB, UK