A Sustainability Lighthouse—Supporting Transition Leadership and Conversations on Desirable Futures
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 2018

Central in leadership for sustainability transitions is the capability to create transformative momentum in a sustainable (desirable) direction, calling for meaningful conversations on sustainable futures. The aim of this study is to develop a conceptual framework to inspire and support such conversations. A qualitative literature review of sustainability conceptualizations was conducted, followed by a thematic analysis. The resulting framework consists of an overarching question and an accompanying set of categories for four sustainability dimensions: the social, the economic, the ecological, and ‘human needs and wellbeing’. Furthermore, the framework is visualized as a lighthouse for pedagogical reasons. We foresee that the lighthouse might be of value in processes guiding socio-technical transitions towards sustainability in three different ways: (1) by attempting to bridge the issue of ‘transition’ with that of ‘sustainability’; (2) as part of a backcasting process; and (3) modes of transdisciplinary research where relevant actors take part in the conversation. The study is related to over 20 years of experience from working with a backcasting approach engaging with sustainability transitions in a variety of processes. We invite further dialogue on how one may approach the concept of sustainability to inspire and support conversations on sustainable futures.

transitions

transdisciplinarity

Agenda 2030

sustainability

backcasting

leadership

futures

Författare

John Holmberg

Chalmers, Rymd-, geo- och miljövetenskap, Fysisk resursteori

Johan Larsson

Chalmers, Rymd-, geo- och miljövetenskap, Fysisk resursteori, Fysisk resursteori 2

Sustainability

2071-1050 (ISSN)

Vol. 10 11 3842-3867

Styrkeområden

Informations- och kommunikationsteknik

Nanovetenskap och nanoteknik

Transport

Building Futures

Produktion

Energi

Livsvetenskaper och teknik

Materialvetenskap

Drivkrafter

Hållbar utveckling

Innovation och entreprenörskap

Ämneskategorier

Tvärvetenskapliga studier

Annan naturresursteknik

DOI

10.3390/su10113842

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2018-10-29