Human system inquiry about sustainable development: A proposal for a systemic methodology of inquiry [Charles Francois, ISSS 1998 Paper Session, July 20/98]

[Paper session, July 20/98, 5:10 p.m.]

Charles Francois, ISSS Argentine National Division

Using systems concepts to understand how system "really" are, not how they should be

One method of coming to consensus is to use systems concepts.

1. Sustainability is dependent on the stable carrying capacity of the supporting ecosystem.

2. Carrying capacity of the supporting ecosystem depends on the technological ability.

3. Old ecosystems were villages, now we have a planetary ecosystem. Need ways and means to evaluate the global and local limits to quantitative development, and the possibilities for a more conservable environment: Systemic models related to various rates of growth (exponential, logistic)

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