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Internal & External Landscapes:  Integral multiple Perspectives on Emergence, Transformation and new Mindsets in Sustainability
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Sustainability And The Sacred

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As our world stumbles to the brink of ecological collapse -- the "tipping point" of irreversible climate change -- sustainability has become a vital issue. 

 

Which world are we trying to sustain: a resource to fulfill our desires of material prosperity, or an Earth of wonder, beauty and sacred meaning? To quote Thomas Berry:

There is now a single issue before us: survival. Not merely physical survival, but survival in a world of fulfillment, survival in a living world, where the violets bloom in the springtime, where the stars shine down in all their mystery, survival in a world of meaning.


If we are to sustain this world of wonder, what is essential in our response is not just action but a shift in consciousness, a shift away from seeing the Earth as something separate from ourselves, as a resource to be used and abused. Real sustainability is not the sustainability of our present lifestyle -- our image of progress and economic growth -- but the sustainability of a sacred Earth, rich in biodiversity and wonder.

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Ray Anderson: The business logic of sustainability | Video on TED.com

At his carpet company, Ray Anderson has increased sales and doubled profits while turning the traditional "take / make / waste" industrial system on its head. In a gentle, understated way, he shares a powerful vision for sustainable commerce.
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this is a talk from some time ago by now by the late Ray Anderson, but still so very inspiring. 

 

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The conundrum at the heart of sustainability

The conundrum at the heart of sustainability | The Integral Landscape Café | Scoop.it
Feelings of disconnection from the planet and its problems are preventing people from investing in change
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Anne Caspari's curator insight, March 4, 2013 4:21 AM

right questions, not quite getting the answers together yet. What if the solution was not only in evolving world views, but at the same time in involutionary processes to solve deep rooted (different "direction"; all the way down) issues in our relationship to nature...? 

Kim Davis's comment, March 13, 2013 2:42 AM
Sustainability: the concept self-aware species invent as they eventually realize individualistic short-term aims of their members conflict with collective organizational long-term aspirations, once key resources get exhausted and their costs, as well as waste, rise above tipping points.

This is a normal stage of consciousness training in all species throughout the multiverse, as consciousness evolves from pre-conscious single organism to post-conscious multi-organism. The feedback mechanism is designed in such a way that as the challenge rises from deviations that are the fruit of individual egoism, the negative outcomes these deviations create act as forces to curb self-absorption, thus creating an awareness space in which solutions stemming from a collaborative system respectful of the web of life (including of its self-aware members) can eventually flourish.

Thus has a higher-level consciousness the ability to collectively form from - and beyond - its individualistic roots.
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New Publication: You say you want a revolution? « MindShift Integral

New Publication: You say you want a revolution? « MindShift Integral | The Integral Landscape Café | Scoop.it
Karen O'Brien, Jonathan Reams, Anne Caspari et al. (2013): You say you want a revolution? Transforming education and capacity building in response to global change. Environ. Sci.Policy A b s t r a c t This paper considers ...
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...we know that the challenges for education and capacity building in the context of global environmental change cannot be met by ‘‘business as usual,’’ or by extrapolating experiences from the past into the future. There is a need to think differently, and ironically the way to do this is through experiential processes, where individuals are encouraged to release assumptions and question underlying beliefs. Such changes will normally not result in a revolution, but rather an evolution, or a continuation of improvements to the logic and operational attributes of existing systems.

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One Earth. One Voice.: Song, Symbol, Imagination and Life As Metaphor at a Time of Planetary Crisis

One Earth. One Voice.: Song, Symbol, Imagination and Life As Metaphor at a Time of Planetary Crisis | The Integral Landscape Café | Scoop.it
What we are experiencing is a crisis of imagination, struggling with immense fears to let go of the way we have done things on earth until now, to embrace the vast unknown of those new models of living that are the only sustainable ways forward.
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"Nature doesn't shout. She never will. Nature will, however -- and is -- heaving in her utter exhaustion and in an attempt to restore balance to her systems -- to her body. In the end, there is no negotiating with her law. We are either in alignment with it, or we are not. If we choose to stay misaligned, we do so at our own peril. That it is this same law which brought our species into being in the first place only adds to the agonizing poignance of this critical decision-point time in the history of the earth. In short, it is the most fragile time our earth has ever faced, and our species holds the key to its resolution, one way or another. We literally, and figuratively, hold this beautiful, fragile earth in our hands." 

 

...thanks to Paul Hawken for posting this.  

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Johan Rockstrom: Let the environment guide our development | Video on TED.com

TED Talks Human growth has strained the Earth's resources, but as Johan Rockstrom reminds us, our advances also give us the science to recognize this and change behavior.

 

Transformative opportunities around the planet. The key: Mindshift.

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state_of_planet_declaration.pdf

We believe this statement reflects the key messages emerging from the proceedings of the
Planet Under Pressure conference.

 

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Conscious Leadership for Sustainability Presentation with Tim Winton from PatternDynamics

Conscious Leadership for Sustainability Presentation with Tim Winton from PatternDynamics | The Integral Landscape Café | Scoop.it
This is a recording of a Webinar I presented to the participants of the Conscious Leadership for Sustainability Program created by Barrett C. Brown head of the MetaIntegral Sustainability Centre. T...
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Integral Life Weekly Update: Conscious Leadership for Sustainability

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Integral Life Weekly Update | Conscious Leadership for Sustainability with Barrett Brown and Ken Wilber...
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Visualising sustainability

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Incredibly comprehensive collection (282!) of diagrams on "How to convey the essence of sustainability in a few sketched lines" from simple to complex, representing different schools of thoughts on the subject...

 

Look them up. 

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The website 'Visualizing Sustainability' provides a a collection of images, diagrams and other visual representations of sustainability for use in the classroom. This is a great resource for educators to use as it provides visual cues to prompt discussions and inquiry about sustainability. The collection varies in its complexity from simple diagrams and images for younger grades to more complex ones for the higher grades based around every aspect of sustainability. Teachers can utilize this resources as a means of class discussions, individual analysis, research, etc. The possibilities are endless with an image for any aspect of sustainability to support teaching and learning in the classroom. 

 

This collection of resources aligns with the Australian Curriculum: Technologies and sustainability with an image, diagram, visual prompt to link with any aspect of sustainability for systems, world views and futures as well as design and technologies knowledge and understanding (ACARA, 2014). 

http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/CrossCurriculumPriorities/Sustainability

http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/technologies/design-and-technologies/Curriculum/F-10?y=F-2&y=3-4&y=5-6&y=7-8&y=9-10&s=DEPPS&s=DEKU&p=3&layout=1 

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Worldchanging: Bright Green: Worldchanging Interview: Jean Russell on Thrivability

Worldchanging: Bright Green: Worldchanging Interview: Jean Russell on Thrivability | The Integral Landscape Café | Scoop.it

What's the origin of this definition, and what led you to start thinking about "thrivability" vs sustainability?

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Bill McDonough on the Joy of Growth

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The reknowned architect, designer and author discusses his work, the protocol of Cradle to Cradle, and why doing the wrong thing efficiently is a big problem. Listen in.

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"Externalities"

Visit http://sustainableman.org to explore the world of sustainability. Visit http://www.davidsuzuki.org/ to learn more about David Suzuki and his foundation...
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How Biomimicry is Shaping the Nature of our Buildings | Sustainable Cities Collective

How Biomimicry is Shaping the Nature of our Buildings | Sustainable Cities Collective | The Integral Landscape Café | Scoop.it
When you think of nature as it applies to building design, however, there is a new “nature” within a building. It is a concept termed biomimicry, which literally means to mimic life.

 

Applied biomimicry can be utilized in three ways or in a combination of these three ways:

Form - such as mimicking dragonfly wings to create lightweight structures;

 

Processes -such as mimicking photosynthesis to capture solar energy;

 

Systems-such as building wall systems that mimic the homeostasis in organisms which allows them to regulate their internal conditions such as temperature

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Anne Caspari's comment, March 27, 2013 5:51 PM
genius.
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C40 Cities: Why Cities? Ending Climate Change Begins in the City

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Why are cities the solution to addressing global climate change? Find out at C40 Cities http://c40.org/ending-climate-change-begins-in-the-city #ycities
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fun and interesting infographic, scroll your mouse wheel.. 

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Resilience Ain’t Enough » Thrivable

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great food for thought on resilience -  sustainability - thrivability from Jean Russel! 

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Daniel LaLiberte's comment, February 11, 2013 7:53 PM
I think of "sustainable" as at least what is called "resilient" here. We are not truly sustainable until we have already mitigated damages and shifted to a symbiotic relationship with nature. But in doing so, we also become thrivable, doing as nature does, creative and regenerative.
Anne Caspari's comment, February 18, 2013 5:46 AM
Hi Daniel and all; for this discussion I can strongly recommend Nassim Taleb's new book: Antifragile. Jean has taken that new notion into account in her description of Thrivability. Taleb makes clear distinctions: he says that antifragile goes much further than robust or resilient systems (and in this sense further than merely sustainable systems) "the obut or resilient is neither harmed nor helped by volatility and disorder, while the antifragile benefits form them." It is very worth looking into! And also here, much more than a game of words. :-)
Sharon Tinianow's comment, February 23, 2013 4:31 PM
Thanks for the book recommendation!
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Participatory wisdom and sustainability

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"In that effort I think it wise to seriously reflect on nature's patterns. Evolution, ecology and ancient tribal cultures all tell us - each in their own useful ways - that nature is sustained by the participation of all its life forms and ecosystems, all its elemental forces and cycles. They tell us that communities and species thrive within that vibrant association by fitting their participation harmoniously into the larger dance of life around them. Sure, they can and do shape their environment to serve their needs and dreams. But they must simultaneously serve the wellbeing of their fellows and their ecosystem or they risk being removed from the dance by elemental forces and cycles far greater than themselves.

Similarly, we find society being co-created through our participation in its dynamics and structures. The good and bad things that happen in our society don't just happen, and we are never just victims or sole perpetrators or totally in control - at least not in the big picture. We are all participants, always."

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these are good factors; would be great to take it past dialectic thinking into truly autopoietic processes

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Anne Caspari's curator insight, January 30, 2013 9:22 AM

these are good and generative factors; would be great to take it past dialectic thinking into truly autopoietic processes

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Green Sky Thinking: A quick guide to 10 trends in sustainability

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By Colwyn Elder, Strategy Director at Y&R Cape Town It’s that time again; time for old year round-ups and wrap-ups followed by new year forecasts and resolutions: back to round-ups and forecasts; Following are 10 trends in sustainability that we can expect to be guided by throughout 2013.

1) From trend to paradigm.Sustainability is not a trend, it’s here to stay and will only become ever more prevalent. If your business isn’t paying attention, it ought to. And if you’re not ahead of the game, you will need to do something in order to compete as it becomes normal.

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Sustainability leadership: how can we combine flatland and wonderland?

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Petra Kuenkel argues that if we want to co-create a more sustainable future, we need both the harsh reality of flatland and the spirituality of wonderland...

Ken Wilber and Joseph Jarworski referenced in the Guardian :-) 

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An Integrated Approach to Global Change

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I am pleased to share a clear set of guidelines for a rigorous design science to build a pathway to global sustainability...
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Ken Wilber: Integral Sustainability & Enlightened Leadership

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Sustainability leadership: A true leader creates leaders. (Gil Friend)

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There’s something odd about the notion of “sustainability leadership.” Perhaps it’s that “sustainability” underwhelms. As Michael Braungart reminds us, “Sustainability is boring. But---- 

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Leesa Soulodre's curator insight, February 16, 5:13 AM

Globally responsible leadership. Is it fact or fiction?

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"Apps for the Environment" Winners Available Online | Ecology Global Network

"Apps for the Environment" Winners Available Online | Ecology Global Network | The Integral Landscape Café | Scoop.it
Winners and all 38 submissions to EPA's "Apps for the Environment Challenge" are now available online for free downloading.
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» Landscape Urbanism, New Urbanism and the Future of Cities Alex Steffen

» Landscape Urbanism, New Urbanism and the Future of Cities Alex Steffen | The Integral Landscape Café | Scoop.it

Because one of the biggest problems with urban debates these days  is that we continue to mistake that which looks green for that which is sustainable. We dress up disastrous land-use and voraciously wasteful urban systems in gardens and greenery, and end up with a Potemkin sustainability.

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