Sustainability in ecology, is the property of biological systems to remain diverse and productive indefinitely.
Sustainability can also be defined as a socio-ecological process characterized by the pursuit of a common ideal.
The Three Pillars of Sustainability
The three pillars of sustainability are a powerful tool for defining the complete sustainability problem. This consists of at least the economic, social, and environmental pillars. If any one pillar is weak then the system as a whole is unsustainable.
Solving the sustainability problem is not a matter of doing the same things better. It's a matter of doing something different. Radically different.
A new type of thinking is essential if mankind is to survive and move toward higher levels. Albert Einstein
How can we start thinking inside the box so we can move toward a higher level of thinking?
Thinking inside the box begins with the search for root causes. Suddenly everything changes. Solving problems becomes a lot easier when you start using root cause analysis, because all problems arise from their root causes.
Once we start looking for root causes, we’re thinking inside the box. The box is a formal model of how the system works at the root cause level of thinking. Once we’ve reached that level we no longer have to guess how the system works. It’s all crystal clear. We can see why some solutions will work and others will not.
- Ready - Define the problem.
- Aim - Analyze the problem with Root Cause Analysis.
- Fire - Develop and implement solutions that can't miss.
What might happen if we use the same powerful tools that have worked so well for so long for science and business? A Difficult Social Problem can be solved only by Root Cause Analysis and doing this reliable and efficiently requires Process Driven Problem Solving and getting this right for this type of problem requires Model Based Analysis.