Deconstructing the problem of comparing the conflicting imperatives of sustainability and technology [John van Gigch, ISSS 1998 Plenary Session, July 23/98]

[Plenary session, July 23/98, 8:55 a.m.]

John van Gigch, professor emeritus, Cal State U., Sacramento

System science can be used to differentiate technology and sustainable. What is a system scientist? Definitions: Deconstruction principle: [von Gigch, 1998] What is an imperative? Imperatives and values: (Diagram bottom to top) Management imperative: Economic imperative: Scientific imperative: Legal imperative: Political imperative: Epistemological imperative: Ethical imperative: Aesthetic imperative: Solving the problem of incompatibility between technology and sustainability: Conclusion: As a system scientist, can provide a framework, and then scientists and engineers can consider specific endeavours.

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