Addressing Sustainability through Dialogue

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Addressing Sustainability through Dialogue

  1. 1. Addressing sustainability through dialogueGreen Drinks Shanghai8 September 2011Brad SteinerThe Perspectivity Foundation
  2. 2. Sustainability Sustainable development is: “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs” the Brundtland Report (1987)
  3. 3. Conditions for sustainable development The Natural Step four ‘system conditions’ for a sustainable society: The Earth is not subject to: 1.increasing concentrations of substances extracted from the Earths crust 2.increasing concentrations of substances produced by society 3.increasing degradation by physical means 4.conditions that undermine people’s capacity to meet their needs “The Natural Step” 1. 2. 3. 4.
  4. 4. Complex social problems1 • Dynamic Complexity • the cause of a conflict and its effect are far apart in time • • Generative Complexity • conflict develops in unpredictable ways • • Social Complexity • different groups view the problem from a different perspective •
  5. 5. “Are the dominant methods of human interaction fit for creating a sustainable future?”(1) Adam Kahane, Solving Tough Problems (2004)
  6. 6. Dealing with diversity   离 Based on “Creative Interchange”, Henry Nelson Wieman (1884-1975)
  7. 7. Creating dialogueThree steps to creating an environment for dialogue1 • Suspend judgment of others’ perspectives • • Abandon the need for specific outcomes • • Question our own underlying assumptions • (1) David Bohm, “On Dialogue” (2006)
  8. 8. The Perspectivity Game Learning from Experience: Participants will have a personal experience of the challenges of solving complex problems.Introductions – 15 minsInstructions – 15 minsGame Session – 1 hourDialogue-based debrief 1h – 1h 30 mins
  9. 9. The Perspectivity FoundationA non-profit network that aims to provide dialogue- enhancing processes for thesustainable solution of complex social problems. The PerspectivityWhat we do: • giving insight into the dynamics of complex social problems by facilitating sessions of “The Perspectivity Game” “The Perspectivity Game” • making our knowledge available for communities that are faced with social problems • creating and expanding the network of people and organizations who are committed to similar goals • constantly improving our knowledge and skills
  10. 10. Referenceswww.perspectivity.orgwww.naturalstep.orgBooks:Adam Kahane, Solving Tough ProblemsDavid Bohm, On DialogueJoseph Jaworski, SynchronicityOtto Scharmer, Theory-U: Leading from the FutureWeisbord and Janoff, Future Search: An Action Guide to FindingCommon Ground

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