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Ecological thinking

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What does it mean to think differently to be sustainable?

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Ecological thinking

  1. 1. Thinking Ecologically <ul><li>Presented by Kathryn Alexander </li></ul><ul><li>Ethical Impact L3C </li></ul>
  2. 2. Th e point of achieving sustainability is to mimic nature & therefore ensure the ability of the human race & all life on the planet survive and thrive for the next 10,000 years.
  3. 3. Life has existed for 3.7 billion years - humans for 5 million. Can we make another 5 million?
  4. 4. Changing How We Think
  5. 5. <ul><li>Ecological Thinking </li></ul><ul><li>Parts vs. Wholes </li></ul><ul><li>Objects vs. Relationship </li></ul><ul><li>Hierarchies vs. Networks </li></ul><ul><li>Structure vs. Process </li></ul><ul><li>Time: Destination vs. Journey </li></ul>
  6. 6. Some Sustainable Values that Support this Shift:
  7. 7. <ul><li>Nature creates the conditions that support life </li></ul><ul><li>Interdependence </li></ul><ul><li>Diversity </li></ul><ul><li>Reciprocity </li></ul><ul><li>Integrity of the Whole </li></ul>
  8. 8. Ecosystem
  9. 9. A defined area that includes a diverse collection of living entities that interact in an interdependent way that allows for the flow of energy & material to cascade through the system ~
  10. 10. ~in a manner that minimizes energy loss, produces no waste & that continuously produces the conditions that support life.
  11. 11. Characterized by: <ul><li>Dynamic Structure - flexible & responsive to continuous small changes </li></ul><ul><li>Dynamic Balance – resilience </li></ul>
  12. 12. Characterized by: <ul><li>Interdependence </li></ul><ul><li>Free Flow of Information </li></ul><ul><li>Self-Organization </li></ul>
  13. 13. Characterized by: <ul><li>Shared purpose - continue to create the conditions that support life - Ecological, physical, moral, spiritual, i.e. sustainable </li></ul>
  14. 14. Walking Tree
  15. 15. <ul><li>Can move up to 7 feet a year </li></ul><ul><li>Responsive to local conditions </li></ul><ul><li>Adaptive to changing conditions </li></ul><ul><li>(small continuous contributions & interactions among many entities) </li></ul>
  16. 16. Simple Rules - applied constantly and consistently Test, Evaluate, Select, Repeat
  17. 17. Test, experiment - choose those results closest to the desired outcome & expand on them. No territory to protect, focus on shared value & be mutually supportive.
  18. 18. Having the whole system in the room supports:
  19. 19. <ul><li>Relationships </li></ul><ul><li>Communication & information flow </li></ul><ul><li>Being mutually supportive & interdependent </li></ul><ul><li>Shared purpose & vision - bringing back the integrity of work & </li></ul><ul><li>Creating the conditions that support Life! </li></ul>
  20. 20. Your company CAN make this shift! <ul><li>Contact us to discover new options, find improvement possibilities and reduce costs! </li></ul>
  21. 21. Ethical Impact L3C
  22. 22. <ul><li>888-331-7492 </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>www.ethicalimpact.com

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