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Sustainable values, sustainable change : a guide to environmental decision making

Author: Bryan G Norton
Publisher: Chicago ; London : University of Chicago Press, [2015] ©2015
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"One of the most trafficked terms in contemporary life, sustainability has risen to prominence as a buzzword before the many parties laying claim to it have even agreed how to define it. But the term's political currency demands that we develop an understanding of this elusive concept. Norton here offers an action-oriented, pragmatic response to the disconnect between public and academic discourse around  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Bryan G Norton
ISBN: 9780226197319 022619731X 9780226197456 022619745X
OCLC Number: 902656890
Description: xx, 319 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Part 1: Change, complexity, and decision contexts. Responding to change ; The decision context ; A brief philosophy of adaptive ecosystem management ; Contesting sustainability : who will own the word? --
Part 2: A process approach to sustainability. Introducing and grounding a procedural approach ; Heuristic proceduralism : a general method ; Tools of the adaptive trade ; Constructing sustainability : imagining through metaphors ; Adaptive collaborative management : empirical findings and case studies ; Addressing third-generation problems --
Epilogue: Policy analysis or problem solving? --
Appendix: Adapt's ten heuristics --
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"One of the most trafficked terms in contemporary life, sustainability has risen to prominence as a buzzword before the many parties laying claim to it have even agreed how to define it. But the term's political currency demands that we develop an understanding of this elusive concept. Norton here offers an action-oriented, pragmatic response to the disconnect between public and academic discourse around sustainability, revealing that the path to sustainability cannot be guided by fixed, utopian objectives projected into the future. Sustainability will instead be achieved through experimentation, incremental learning, and adaptive management. Looking across scales to today's global problems, Norton urges us to learn to think like a planet"--Page four of cover.

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