SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT SOLUTIONS that create RESILIENT COMMUNITIES and ORGANIZATIONS
“Technology is a gift of God. After the gift of life the greatest of God’s gifts. It is the mother of civilizations, of arts and of sciences” – Freeman Dyson
“Nature is a gift of God, all life flows from this gift. Nature is omnipotent, the mother of us all, it will survive long after the gift of Technology and humanity itself have gone. We can heed the lessons of Nature or risk forfeiture of the right to life” – Howard Story
The sustainable development goals (SDGs) are a new, universal set of goals, targets and indicators that the 193 member countries of the UN have agreed to and will be expected to use to frame their agendas and political policies for the planet over the next 15 years.
The most critical task facing humanity today, we believe, is the creation of a shared vision of a sustainable and desirable society, one that can provide permanent prosperity within the biophysical constraints of the real world in a way that is fair and equitable to all of humanity, to other species, and to future generations. Recent work with businesses and communities indicates that creating a shared vision is the most effective engine for change in the desired direction, yet most effort in “futures modeling” has focused on extrapolating past trends rather than envisioning alternative futures. Science and economics as applied to policy are in conflict more often over alternative visions of the world than purely “scientific” disagreements. Likewise, governance has gotten bogged down in mediating short term conflicts between special interests rather than its more basic role of creating broadly shared visions that can guide dispute resolution.
It will take all our science and technology to bring humanity to the next industrial/technology revolution. We are on the door step….the combinations of 1.) digitization of knowledge and information combined with 2.) Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the technology of 3.) the Internet of Things (IoT) and 4.) Robotics is bringing a modernization of society thru, energy efficiency, circular economies, the reduction of laborious work as we know it is ceasing to exist, abundance in goods and services, food and entertainment is all evolving into both a sociology and ecological sustainable world. Here is where that world starts ……..
A new guide from the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) Australia/Pacific and Asia highlights the important role universities in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific have in implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and provides a practical guide on how they can accelerate their contributions. In alignment with these goals the Permaculture Institute of Thailand (PIT) implements key elements of the SDG’s (September 2015) in its courses and programs and promote practical solutions for sustainable development, including the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Climate Agreement in support of the COP23
These seventeen goals state the desired partnerships to – End Poverty, Zero Hunger, Good Health and Well Being, Quality Education, Gender Equality, Clean water and Sanitation, Affordable and Clean Energy, Decent work and Economic Growth, Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure, Reduced Inequalities, Sustainable Cities and Communities, Responsible Production and Consumption, Climate Action, Life below Water, Life on Land, Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions, Partnerships for the goals. Permaculture Institute Asia (PIA) and Permaculture Institute Thailand (PIT) are key partners in promoting and educating the values, technology and skills necessary to meet these key goals.
We are over borrowing from the capacity of the planet to supply us with resources, water, food, energy, ecology. We are over using the capacity of the planet to support humanity. Some of us are using at the rate of 1.5 planets to live our life styles (developed nations).the areas in RED on the adjacent graph show the critical over use areas of the planets resources – loss of genetic diversity (deforestation) and ocean acidification (chemical fertilizers …. Nitrogen and Phosphorus washed into the ocean). Add to this the loss of top soil life and top soil causing large scale desertification.
We aim to accelerate joint learning and promote integrated approaches that address the interconnected economic, social, and environmental challenges confronting Thailand, Asia and the world. PIA and PIT educate and enable SDSN aims, to enable and actualize a large number of leaders from all regions and diverse backgrounds to participate in the development and attainment of the networks goals in Asia and other regions.
World Population Growth
TO MEET THE SDGs and the 2 Degree target will require a transformational change in business, values and industry practice. Innovative organizations and businesses are looking to drive the required changes both internally and externally. HOW to address the political, economic and societal challenges of our current times, is the question?
WHERE TO START in your organization?
- Identify the areas and impacts of the community, organization or business that need to change
- Understand how you can transform these outputs without jeopardizing the well being, livelihood of the organization or community
- Understand the message and how to convince the leadership to go against decades of traditional living and thinking
- Identify the right partners and partnerships to drive this change; internal departments, NGOs, academia, community
- Discover how organizations are forecasting these future positive impacts on livelihoods, business, industry, society and environment
VIDEO Complex Adaptive Systems – click video here
In spite of leveling off of population growth we can’t solve the problem of poverty without challenging the pathologies of accumulation .
Of all the income generated by global GDP growth between 1999 and 2008, the poorest 60% of humanity received only 5% of it.
Poverty eradication is the greatest global challenge facing the world today and an indispensable requirement for sustainable development.
Poverty eradication, changing unsustainable and promoting sustainable patterns of consumption and production and protecting and managing the natural resource base of economic and social development are the overarching objectives of and essential requirements for sustainable development.
VIDEO What is RESILIENCE?
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Bioenergy can help meet so many of the global targets the international community has been setting over recent years. “As a research organization, we want to play our role in providing the evidence for agroforestry systems that can sustainability produce biomass, such as Bamboo.
Permaculture Institute Asia Founder CEO Howard Story