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“If you’re born in Nyoongar Country, this land
knows you. If you’ve lived here more than 6
years the country knows you. If...
I am the blue sky and the sunshine. I am the
white sand and khaki bushland. I am the gum
trees and the kookaburras. I am t...
• Masters in Strategic Leadership towards
Sustainability
– Sustainable Selves: Shifting paradigms within
individuals as th...
“I am a Perth girl, a ‘sustainablist’, with deep
ecology leanings, who sees that big, deep,
profound change is needed in P...
Leverage Points: Places to Intervene in a System in increasing
order of effectiveness (Donella Meadows, 1999)
12. Constant...
Agency, Power, Systems and Change
“...[s]tuff has a quite remarkable capacity for
fading from view, and becoming naturaliz...
Places of Agency and Power to affect
change in our system?
Where are the Leverage Points?
1. The Council Chamber: Run for ...
“The answer lies in the inner work of
sustainability. A reinforcing process is set in
motion when people start to delibera...
How do we grow human beings?
How do we grow human beings?
How do we grow human beings?
A strategic sustainability program at the City of
Canning.
We’re at the ‘strategy for the str...
Strategic Sustainability – the
Natural Step way
Although used internationally (I studied this in Sweden, my partner worked...
The Shambala Prophecy
I first read this in Joanna Macy’s work. This one was re-written and presented in the
‘Sustainable S...
The Shambala Prophecy
There is a story in ancient Buddhism that speaks of a time that will come in human
society, where th...
“In reviews of sustainability/sustainable
development over the past 15 years, an
important area of endeavour has been
negl...
References
• Barcena, Zaida. Bryant, J. and Lindh, J. 2009. “Sustainable Selves: Shifting paradigms within individuals as
...
• Miller, Daniel. 2010. Stuff. Polity Press, UK.
• Robèrt, Karl-Henrik, Herman E. Daly, Paul A. Hawken, and John Holmberg....
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  1. 1. “If you’re born in Nyoongar Country, this land knows you. If you’ve lived here more than 6 years the country knows you. If you intend to stay here, it’s your responsibility to care.” Noel Nannup This idea is mentioned in Jackson’s (1995) story of the Australian Aboriginals he travelled with: “It was easy to understand the Aboriginal belief that children were born of a place as well as of human parents, that each person is an incarnation of a landscape” (Jackson 1995, 17).
  2. 2. I am the blue sky and the sunshine. I am the white sand and khaki bushland. I am the gum trees and the kookaburras. I am the paperbark trees and the wetlands. I am the traffic and the empty busses, the bike paths and the buildings. I am the smiles and the irreverent sense of humour. I am barefeet walking and the blue blue Indian Ocean. I am Perth. It is my responsibility to care.
  3. 3. • Masters in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability – Sustainable Selves: Shifting paradigms within individuals as the core driver to reaching a sustainable society • Masters in Human Ecology: Culture, Power and Sustainability – Being Human in the System: A journey into sustainability and local government in Perth, Western Australia
  4. 4. “I am a Perth girl, a ‘sustainablist’, with deep ecology leanings, who sees that big, deep, profound change is needed in Perth to make it a more sustainable, resilient, wonderful, vibrant, happy place. My purpose, and as such this thesis, is to try and find the leverage points within the system to be most effective in making changes towards sustainability for my home.”
  5. 5. Leverage Points: Places to Intervene in a System in increasing order of effectiveness (Donella Meadows, 1999) 12. Constants, parameters, numbers (such as subsidies, taxes, standards) 11. The sizes of buffers and other stabilizing stocks, relative to their flows. 10. The structure of material stocks and flows (such as transport networks, population age structures) 9. The lengths of delays, relative to the rate of system change 8. The strength of negative feedback loops, relative to the impacts they are trying to correct against 7. The gain around driving positive feedback loops 6. The structure of information flows (who does and does not have access to what kind of information) 5. The rules of the system (such as incentives, punishments, constraints) 4. The power to add, change, evolve, or self-organize system structure 3. The goals of the system 2. The mindset or paradigm out of which the system – its goals, structures, rules, delays, parameters – arises 1. The power to transcend paradigms
  6. 6. Agency, Power, Systems and Change “...[s]tuff has a quite remarkable capacity for fading from view, and becoming naturalized, taken for granted, the background of frame to our behaviour. Indeed stuff achieves its mastery of us precisely because we constantly fail to notice what it does.” (Miller 2010, 155) I believe there is much need to recognize the degree to which we are shaped by the invisibilities of our culture, the stuff, the systems and structures – material and immaterial – that shape us, the extent to which we are an unconscious product of our culture. Our consumption, our identity, our values, our desires are all to a large degree a product of the cultural system we find ourselves socialized into (Schor 1998, Veblen 1902, Bourdieu 1979, Urla and Swedlund 2004), and even our biology (Gravlee 2009).
  7. 7. Places of Agency and Power to affect change in our system? Where are the Leverage Points? 1. The Council Chamber: Run for Council! 2. Growing Human Beings: o The ‘Inner work of sustainability’: education, learning, awareness, responsibility o Relationships: communication, networks, working together 3. ‘Activist art’
  8. 8. “The answer lies in the inner work of sustainability. A reinforcing process is set in motion when people start to deliberately slow down their lives to cultivate broader awareness and reflective practices” (Senge et al. 2006, 96)
  9. 9. How do we grow human beings?
  10. 10. How do we grow human beings?
  11. 11. How do we grow human beings? A strategic sustainability program at the City of Canning. We’re at the ‘strategy for the strategy’ stage... Learning, education, training. Perhaps using the Framework for Strategic Sustainable Development (aka The Natural Step)
  12. 12. Strategic Sustainability – the Natural Step way Although used internationally (I studied this in Sweden, my partner worked with it in New Zealand) I think the Canadian website one of the best. Check out the resources section. http://www.naturalstep.ca/
  13. 13. The Shambala Prophecy I first read this in Joanna Macy’s work. This one was re-written and presented in the ‘Sustainable Selves Guidebook’ as a part of my first thesis. I have included references at the back.
  14. 14. The Shambala Prophecy There is a story in ancient Buddhism that speaks of a time that will come in human society, where the powers that be are at the edge of destroying the world and everyone in it. During this time, greed has been taken to the extremes, and the population is on the brink of apathy and hopelessness. It is during this time that the Shambala Warriors will awaken. The Shambala Warriors do not have a uniform. They are no particular race, culture, creed. You cannot tell them from the clothes they wear, nor the way they look. They have no badges, they don’t carry swords. But they all hear and answer to the same call. These warriors will infiltrate every part of the system of the powers that be and work on dismantling it from the inside-out, and the outside in. They will stand outside the system and fight it. They will infiltrate every level of the system and work in roles from top to bottom. They sit in silent prayer and bring vision to a new way of being. They will nourish and nurture their children on whole foods and feed them stories of a new world of hope and enlightenment. They are the mother, the brother, the CEO, the receptionist, the hippie, the musician… they are you and they are me. They are us. Sustainability Warriors. Sustainablists.
  15. 15. “In reviews of sustainability/sustainable development over the past 15 years, an important area of endeavour has been neglected, that of our personal development” (Hay 2006, 2)
  16. 16. References • Barcena, Zaida. Bryant, J. and Lindh, J. 2009. “Sustainable Selves: Shifting paradigms within individuals as the core driver to reaching a sustainable society”. Masters Thesis in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability, Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden. http://www.bth.se/fou/cuppsats.nsf/all/398599da0705b407c12575d2006a3f84?OpenDocument • Bryant, Jayne. 2012. “Being Human in the System: A journey into sustainability and local government in Perth, Western Australia”. Masters Thesis in Human Ecology: Culture Power and Sustainability, Lund University, Sweden. http://lup.lub.lu.se/luur/download?func=downloadFile&recordOId=2796941&fileOId=2796942 • Gravlee, Clarence, C. 2009. “How race becomes biology: embodiment of social inequality”. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 139: 47-57. • Hay, Robert. 2005. "Becoming Ecosynchronous, Part 1: The Root Causes of Our Unsustainable Way of Life." Sustainable Development. 13(5): 311-325. • Hay, Robert. 2006. "Becoming Ecosynchronous, Part 2: Achieving Sustainable Development." Sustainable Development 14(1):1-15. • Ingold, Tim. 2008. “Globes and Spheres: The Topology of Environmentalism.” In Dove, Michael.R. and Carpenter, Carol. Environmental Anthropology: A Historical Reader. Chapter 24. Blackwell Publishing, Oxford. • Isaacs, William. N 1999. “Dialogic Leadership”. Systems Thinker 10(1):1-5. Pegasus Communications. • Jackson, Michael. 1995. At Home in the World. Duke University Press, London. • Jaworski, Joseph.1996. Synchronicity: The Inner Path of Leadership. Berrett-Koehler Publishers, San Fransisco. • Macy, J. 1998. Coming Back to Life: Practices to Reconnect Our Lives, Our World. New Society Press, London. • Meadows, Donella. 1999. “Leverage Points: Places to Intervene in a System.” The Sustainablity Institute, Vermont. http://www.sustainabilityinstitute.org/pubs/Leverage_Points.pdf
  17. 17. • Miller, Daniel. 2010. Stuff. Polity Press, UK. • Robèrt, Karl-Henrik, Herman E. Daly, Paul A. Hawken, and John Holmberg. 1997. “A compass for sustainable development.” International Journal of Sustainable Development and WorldEcology 4:79-92. • Scharmer, Otto C. 2007a. “Addressing the Blind Spot of Our Time: An executive summary of the new book Theory U: Leading from the Future as It Emerges”. Society for Organizational Learning, Cambridge, Massachusetts. http://mitleadership.mit.edu/pdf/Theory_U_Exec_Summary.pdf • Scharmer, Otto C. 2007b. Theory U: Learning from the Future as It Emerges. Society for Organizational Learning, Cambridge, Massachusetts. • Senge, Peter M. 1996. "Introduction." In Synchronicity: The Inner Path of Leadership, by Joseph Jaworski. Berrett-Koehler Publishers, San Fransisco. • Senge, Peter M, Joseph Jaworski, Otto C. Scharmer, and Betty Sue Flowers. 2004. Presence: Exploring Profound Change in People, Organizations and Society. Nicholas Brealey Publishing, London. • Senge, Peter, Joe Laur, Sara Schley, and Bryan Smith. 2006. Learning for Sustainability. Society for Organizational Learning, Cambridge, Massachusetts. • Senge, Peter, Bryan Smith, Nina Kruschwitz, Joe Laur, and Sara Schley. 2008. The Necessary Revolution: How Induviduals and Organizations Are Working Together to Create a Sustainable World. Nicholas Brealey Publishing, London. • Urla, Jacqueline and Alan Swedlund. 2004. “Measuring up to Barbie: Ideals of the feminine body in popular culture”. In C. Brettell and Sargent, C. Gender in Cross Cultural Perspective. 285-298. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey.
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