Human system inquiry about sustainable development: A proposal for a systemic
methodology of inquiry [Charles Francois, ISSS 1998 Paper Session, July
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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.
"Really" means trying to get to come to some consensus.
1. Sustainability is dependent on the stable carrying capacity of the
2. Carrying capacity of the supporting ecosystem depends on the technological
3. Old ecosystems were villages, now we have a planetary ecosystem.
e.g. agrarian society limit.
We are using more resources, although we have "better" techniques.
"Better" means faster, but is this better?
Need ways and means to evaluate the global and local limits to quantitative
development, and the possibilities for a more conservable environment:
e.g. change in atmosphere.
Systemic models related to various rates of growth (exponential, logistic)
e.g. recycling, converting an open system to a closed system.
Includes an inquiry about from plundering techniques of exploitation of
Need to understand autopoesis, uncompensated positive feedback.
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