WP2 - Challenges in the construction of a sustainable future (pdf edition)


WP2 - Challenges in the construction of a sustainable future (pdf edition)

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Joachim Kappert, Ana Paula Morais

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Challenges in the construction of a sustainable future

 

 

This article pretends to analyse the challenges we have to face in the construction of a sustainable future. It analyses the different principles of sustainability, outlined by Bill BRAMWELL et al. (1996), and compares the technocratic way of social organisation with shared management of social organisation. Within this approach the concept of the individual is discussed, relating the subject to different ways of planning and management. This leads to the concept of identity, which has to be defined for the challenges of the 21st century. The analysis reveals that there are various reference patterns, depending on knowledge as well as on convictions, which together lead to cultural norms. Administrations rarely reflect wishes, desires and necessities of local communities and, in practice, the 'people' are rarely asked, not even listened. Consequently, community participation is far away of what is pretended and is dealing with enormous difficulties in human resources management, ending up in unsolutionable conflicts with other parts of the society.
 
This article pretends to analyse the challenges we have to face in the construction of a sustainable future. It analyses the different principles of sustainability, outlined by Bill BRAMWELL et al. (1996), and compares the technocratic way of social organisation with shared management of social organisation. Within this approach the concept of the individual is discussed, relating the subject to different ways of planning and management. This leads to the concept of identity, which has to be defined for the challenges of the 21st century. The analysis reveals that there are various reference patterns, depending on knowledge as well as on convictions, which together lead to cultural norms. Administrations rarely reflect wishes, desires and necessities of local communities and, in practice, the 'people' are rarely asked, not even listened. Consequently, community participation is far away of what is pretended and is dealing with enormous difficulties in human resources management, ending up in unsolutionable conflicts with other parts of the society.


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