Adaptive Process Management: Dynamic Actions Toward Sustainable Societies

  • Taisuke MiyauchiEmail author
Part of the Ecological Research Monographs book series (ECOLOGICAL)


As we saw in the previous chapters, in order to create a sustainable local environment, scientists and local citizens need to be interactively involved in solution-orientated knowledge production; furthermore, it is important that they are able to visualize sharable values. Yet, the difficulty is that nature and society are both laden with uncertainties – so, from the outset, answers are not clear to questions such as how to create knowledge and how to create social institutions. Fixed institutions and fixed values may seem to work well for a while, but will, eventually fail to do so. At that point, the dynamics of nature and society need to be recognized, requiring changing to a method that places importance on a process that is constantly on the move. The following five points are the keys to handling such a process: (1) recognize plural values, (2) avoid setting a single goal (prepare multiple goals and multiple institutions), (3) aim for a multifaceted dynamic consensus building (not one where the stakeholders are merely brought together to confirm the unification of opinion), (4) learn collaboratively, and (5) achieve interactive support in an adaptive manner.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Hokkaido UniversitySapporoJapan

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