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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.

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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