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Resilience, Autonomy, and Harmony for a ‘sustainable’ state

In other words, a system is sustainable when it hits the right balance between these three.
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Let’s have a look at the second sentence of the seed sustainability definition in the second sentence is says that in a sustainable State A system can continue to flourish in harmony resilient lie without requiring inputs from outside of the system. Now that gives us recourse to think about three different components of a sustainable system. The first one is to be able to continue to operate which Resilience the second one is in harmony without any social Strife or conflict from within and the third one is without requiring inputs from outside of the system boundary which we translate to the word autonomy.
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These three aspects Harmony resilience and autonomy work in interaction together to define a sustainable system that basically means that if we’re talking about the city or country A or something like that as a system. We can look at it and Define its ability to sustain itself and to continue forward by looking at these parameters and their interaction between each other. They are not trying to be maximized. You’re not trying to maximize all three what you’re trying to do is finding a healthy dynamic between them because they interact with one another if you maximize resilience may actually decrease autonomy. If you completely maximize autonomy, you may actually be decreasing both Harmony and resilience at the same time.
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So given a certain circumstance and for each context differently when another city or country or an organization or a factory or whatever you’re working on you have to look at these individually and make sure that they are in a healthy balanced together.

In SiD, the system-level indicators for sustainability are Resilience, Autonomy, and Harmony. In other words, a system is sustainable when it hits the right balance between these three.

Resilience relates to the capacity of a system of bouncing back after unexpected events. The Autonomy of a system has to do with its self-sufficiency, both in terms of resources and self-affirmation and governance. Harmony translates in the lack of friction, or, how peaceful a system is.

The extent to which each of these is met, and the way Resilience, Autonomy, and Harmony interact with each other, determines the overall sustainability of a given system.

Let’s look closely into each of these three in the next steps.

© 2010-2019, Tom Bosschaert, Symbiosis in Development – Making New Futures Possible

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