Posts Tagged ‘development’

Low Tech Yields High Returns in Solving Sustainability Issues

Posted by Sarah Parkinson, Published: November 1st, 2012

By Rolf Huber

High technology can only go so far in resolving the social, health and structural problems that individuals and communities are faced with across the globe, and that’s why the Siemens Stiftung’s “empowering people. Award” aims to get back to the basics. Throughout the world, according to the World Health Organization, 884 million people still lack access to clean water —and [...]

Envisioning a Sustainable World

Posted by Sarah Parkinson, Published: October 8th, 2012

By Donella Meadows

Donella Meadows, one of the founders of the Balaton Group and an early advocate of systems thinking. (image credit: Donella Meadows Institute This is an edited transcript of part of a talk given by Donella Meadows at the 1994 meeting of the International Society for Ecological Economics in San José, Costa Rica, and recorded by Peter Griesinger. Meadows, cofounder of the [...]

Sustainability and Happiness: A Development Philosophy for Bhutan and the World

Posted by Sarah Parkinson, Published: September 4th, 2012

By Jigmi Thinley

Children in Bhutan Thirty years ago, the fourth king of Bhutan famously proclaimed that “Gross National Happiness is more important than Gross National Product,” setting the country on a development path that seeks to integrate sustainable and equitable socioeconomic development with environmental conservation, cultural promotion, and good governance. This “happiness” has nothing to do with the common use of that word to denote an [...]

For Rio+20: A Charter for a New Economy

Posted by Sarah Parkinson, Published: June 20th, 2012

By Gus Speth

The following article is reposted from Solutions Online. The overarching goal at the upcoming Rio+20 summit must be achieving sustainable prosperity for all. Within this broad objective, the subject is bracketed, if you will, by two of the greatest challenges faced by the international community: the greatest social challenge, world poverty, and the greatest environmental challenge, climate change. There can be [...]

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