Conclusion: Mapping Sustainability, Knowledge e-Networking, and the Value Chain
Recall that, in Chapter 1, we define sustainable development as the process of meeting the needs of current and future generations without undermining the resilience of the life-supporting properties of nature and the integrity and security of social systems. Extending this definition, we then identify fundamental processes pertaining to ecological systems, economic activities, modes of governance, and institutional performance. More specifically, we argue for ecological systems to demonstrate balance and resilience; economic activity to exhibit efficiency and equity; governance to show participation and responsiveness; and institutions to demonstrate adaptation and feedback. We further stipulate that to become sustainable, a social system must exhibit a certain degree of viability along each of these processes. In short, if – and only if – prevailing trends point toward these conditions will a social system dispose toward sustainability.
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