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The importance of speaking the same language

What sustainability really means?
In this Video, Mattia introduces an important question to leverage conversation.
You know what experience and practice in the sustainability field. We learned many things. There is one that maybe stands above all the rest and this is ask 10 different people what they think sustainability is and yes, you’re very likely to get 10 different answers. This is because according to each person’s background, it could be educational professional or even cultural the meaning of the word tends to change for many people sustainability has to do with the most material side of our society.
So to make a couple of the energy transition or the circular economy too many others sustainability is the Endeavor of ensuring a thriving life on our planet by means for instance of ecosystem conservation of restoration many practitioners in the field see sustainability as an inherently social challenge that has everything to do with ensuring access to resources and rights to all now once we agree on all these variations a question comes as spontaneous that being what is sustainability then is it one of these or is it all of them at the same time for how important sustainability is for our Survival on this planet in the next Century or so very little Solid Ground is to be found when investigating what it actually is and this is a problem because once we agree that sustainability is an inherently interdisciplinary effort failing to get on the same page is the first hurdle to achieving great things how We supposed to achieve anything if we can express in two words and agree.
What is it that we are trying to achieve and well in the next steps and activities and in next week’s we will get into the heart of the matter by looking into how system thinking and sustainable sustainability come together.
If understood correctly, sustainability as a concept represents the pinnacle of challenges we face in our century. Yet, important as it is, there is little solid ground for investigating what sustainability exactly is.

If we are to even imagine acting upon sustainability and its inherent complexity, we need a shared understanding and vocabulary to talk about it.

In the related links, we direct you to two TED Talks delivered by two inspiring authors, whose work brought the global conversation on sustainability to the next level.

One is Johan Rockström from the Stockholm Resilience Center, covering the Planetary Boundaries Framework. The planetary boundaries concept presents a set of nine planetary boundaries within which humanity can continue to develop and thrive for generations to come. The other is Kate Raworth. With her concept and book The Doughnut Economics Kate is changing the game for global sustainability and economic discourse. With the Doughnut she merges the Planetary Boundaries with issues of social justice, equity, and access, creating a paradigm-shifting framework.

We recommend spending some extra time on this step to watch these videos: they are well worth it.

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