Holism and Understanding Sustainability
- 289 Downloads
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.
Key Wordsholism sustainability sustainable development systemic planning
Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.
- Bell, S., and Morse, S. (1999). Sustainability Indicators: Measuring the Immeasurable, Earthscan, London.Google Scholar
- Bell, S., and Morse, S. (2002). Experiences with sustainability indicators and stakeholder participation: A case study relating to a ‘Blue Plan’ project in malta. In Proceedings of the 2002 International Sustainable Development Research Conference, University of Manchester, ERP Environment.Google Scholar
- Bell, S., and Morse, S. (2003a). Learning from experience in sustainability. In Proceedings of the 2003 International Sustainable Development Research Conference, University of Nottingham, UK.Google Scholar
- Bell, S., and Morse, S. (2003b). Measuring Sustainability: Learning from Doing, Earthscan, London.Google Scholar
- Checkland, P. B. (1981). Systems Thinking, Systems Practise, Wiley, Chichester, UK.Google Scholar
- Flew, A. (1979). A Dictionary of Philosophy, Pan, London.Google Scholar
- Maiteny, P. (2002). Values, spirituality and education for sustainable development. In Proceedings of the UNED UK Conference on Education for Sustainable Development, UNED Forum, London.Google Scholar
- Nasr, H. S. (1997). Man and Nature: The Spiritual Crisis in Modern Man, ABC International Group, Chicago.Google Scholar
- Planbleu (2004). Retrieved from http://www.planbleu.org/indexa.htm, Sophia Antipolis.
- Taylor, T. (1994). Proclus' Elements of Theology, The Prometheus Trust, Chippenham.Google Scholar
- United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) (1990). Concept and measurement of human development. The Human Development Report, UNDP, New York.Google Scholar
- World Commission for Environment and Development (WCED) (1987). Our Common Future, Oxford University Press, Oxford.Google Scholar