Systems for Sustainability

People, Organizations, and Environments

Editors: Stowell, F.A., Ison, R.L., Armson, R., Holloway, J., Jackson, S., McRobb, S. (Eds.)

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The term "sustainability" has entered the lexicon of many academic disciplines and fields of professional practice, but to date does not appear to have been seriously consid­ ered within the systems community unless, perhaps, under other guises. Within the wider community there is no consensus around what sustainability means with some authors identifying 70 to 100 definitions of the term. Some see sustainability as the precise and quantifiable outcomes of biological systems whilst others see it in terms of processes rele­ vant to personal and organizational change with the potential to effect changes in our rela­ tionships with out environments. Internationally it has been increasingly used in relation to the term "sustainable development"--a term popularised by the Brundland Commis­ of definitions sion's report in 1987 entitled "Our Common Future. " Despite this diversity and polarised perception on its utility, unlike many other popular terms, it has not had its time and subsided quietly from our language. It is therefore timely for the systems com­ munity to explore the relationship between systems and sustainability in a range of con­ texts. Participants in this, the 5th International Conference of the United Kingdom Systems Society (UKSS), have been invited to reflect critically on the contribution of sys­ tems thinking and action to sustainability-to the sustainability of personal relationships, the organizations in which live and work, and our "natural" environment.

Table of contents (119 chapters)

  • Learning to Persist

    Bawden, Richard

    Pages 1-5

  • Politics for Sustainability

    Blunden, Margaret

    Pages 7-13

  • Requirements Analysis for Information Systems

    Mumford, Enid

    Pages 15-20

  • Using Systems for Sustainability in the Context of Agenda 21

    Blackmore, Christine

    Pages 21-26

  • Coping with Environmental Uncertainty by Social Learning

    Carr, Susan (et al.)

    Pages 27-31

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Systems for Sustainability
Book Subtitle
People, Organizations, and Environments
Editors
  • Frank A. Stowell
  • Ray L. Ison
  • Rosalind Armson
  • Jacky Holloway
  • Sue Jackson
  • Steve McRobb
Copyright
1997
Publisher
Springer US
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4899-0265-8
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4899-0265-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-306-45615-2
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4899-0267-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 728
Topics