Beneath the Tip of the Iceberg: Exploring Inner Worlds for a Sustainability Transformation

SCIENCE FOR SUSTAINABILITY

Sustainability science seems to be an all-rounder: it generates comprehensive knowledge on complex environmental and societal challenges and also provides practical solutions. Yet, Ives et al. (2019) argue, that some aspects of reality have been largely neglected by researchers. With their paper, they aim to shine light on the prevailing disregard of our inner worlds in sustainability research and practice. Additionally, the authors want to stimulate a new discourse on how engaging with inner worlds may help effect change towards sustainability.

Dimensions underpinning a system (Ives et al . 2019, 7).

Similar to an iceberg where you only see the tip but are ignorant of what hides beneath the surface, not everything is visible in a sustainability context either. Underlying dynamics that significantly shape systems often remain hidden at first sight. These deepest levels of a system, however, are exceptionally powerful when it comes to changing paradigms and navigating towards…

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One thought on “Beneath the Tip of the Iceberg: Exploring Inner Worlds for a Sustainability Transformation

  1. Thank you for this message. II fully agree with the attention asked for ‘the inner dimension’. In my textbook Sustainabilty Science (2013) I have introduced and applied worldviews as a method and framework. In a recent paper, I have attempted to focus on ethics, in relation to the sustainable development, to ask attention for this aspect – see https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/global-sustainability/article/engaging-with-the-sustainable-development-goals-by-going-beyond-modernity-an-ethical-evaluation-within-a-worldview-framework/DEF5EBC9898D949906DEF15B4B2323BF .

    Regards – BdV

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