Talk:Sustainability

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I've attempted to make a few things (that seemed less clear to me) clearer on the page. Would it be useful to have some position on 'Resource'? What it means to identify creativity as a resource - how can any potential be conveyed or qualified either for investment or utility? --Trevor 18:01, 10 November 2008 (UTC)


This is the first iteration of the statement


This is intended to illuminate potential partners as to the who? what? where? why? how?
The term is much used and abused, what definition do we offer, or what do we mean by 'Sustainability'?
Hmmm...
avoiding a negative impact? Stability - a desire for stasis? This is perhaps a somewhat naiive and Conservative ambition, almost suburban/Daily Mail in its values. Maintenance of change - a desire to manage something chaotic (in the scientific sense) and unmanageable?

The aim of this project is to explore a broad application of sustainability, beyond the conventional discourse with money and energy. It is inspired by an interest in creativity and self-organisation and what it is that sustains a community, relationship or activity.
There is an ethical interest in the relationship between growth and efficiency. Those who speak of growth often talk about more effective use of resources. In what sense are resources 'available' for use or consumption?
The discourse of sustainability is focused on the consideration of the movement of resources. There is no depletion of resources as such but a 'liquidity' subject to agency. To 'consume' is the capacity to cause an effect and through action redirect resources. From this perspective the limits of sustainability are governed by the ability or inclination to track this movement of resources efficiently and to quantify their potential. Moreover, developing methods for considering cross-benefit and cross-damages might allow a more efficient re-balancing of negative impact. In the productive sense, measurement is directed toward a given aim and fails to record so-called 'externalities', or irrelevant effects, and certainly many inputs fall outside the audit process. The Creative Industries are notoriously bad at this.
Individuals and ecologies that are considered sustainable must, at some level, accept a degree of interdependence and interact. But also understand their own agency, impact and contribution. This suggests a network of multiple, self-reflexive and interdependent sustainabilities.


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