Handprints to panarchy: 20 more sustainability diagrams

Posted on May 26, 2009

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Diverse lot to add to the collection this time – from the very simple (how did I miss the balance images so far?) to those representing complex philosophical arguments. 

The handprint – as a complement to the footprint – is an extremely elegant way to describe the “doing good” or “restorative sustainability”. 

159. Spectrum of definitions Ken Haggart

 

sustgraph-KenHaggard

160. Balance  (Earth Illustrated) (see also Altran)

In_the_balance

161. 5 capitals (Sigma project)

GuidingPrinciples_sigma

162.  What, for how long? (National Academy of Sciences 1999)

NAS_aspectsSustDev

 

 

163.  Handprint (Action towards sustainability)

handprint

164.  Increasing commitment Peter Mellalieu

 petermellalieu_triangle

 

165.  Learning to do values framework (UNEVOC)

learningtodovaluesframework

166.  Commons river (from Barnes’ Capitalism 3.0)

barnes_commonsriver

 

167.   Sustainable business value matrix (SustainAbility and UNEP 2001, used in simplified form here). 

sustainablebusinessvaluematirx

 

168.  Ecosystem services (from Millenium Ecosystem Assessment, pdf, used in scenarios)

ecosystem_servicesMA

 

169.  The maintenance of Ecosystem services with time, space and interventions (MEA, applied by Pereira to Sistel Portugal)

MA-conceptual_framework

 

 

 

170.  Invisible losses (Turner, in relation to Canadian aboriginal perspective). 

turner_invisiblelosses

 

171.   Self-organising holarchic eco-social systems (Waltner-Toews, see also scale effects). waltner-toews_SOHO_ecosocialsystems

172.  3 Venn and Strong seen as stages along a continuum (Engineering for Sustainable Development)

Engineering_for_Sustainable_Development_Page_10

173. Ecological footprint/deficit map (Pierce)

cartogram

174.    How many planets?  (from UK Interdependence Report) See also WWF One Planet Living

planets

175.   Nested adaptive cycles (Holling)

The growth phase we’re in may seem like a natural and permanent state of affairs-and our world’s rising complexity, connectedness, efficiency, and regulation may seem relentless and unstoppable-but ultimately it isn’t sustainable…

I think rapidly rising connectivity within global systems-both economic and technological-increases the risk of deep collapse. That’s a collapse that cascades across adaptive cycles-a kind of pancaking implosion of the entire system as higher-level adaptive cycles collapse, which causes progressive collapse at lower levels.” (Holling in Worldwatch)

revoltrem-color-lg

(applied to Western Australian agriculture by Allison and Hobbs)

panarchy2panarchy3

176.   Human ecosystem model (Machlis)

The human ecosystem is defined asa coherent system of biophysical and social factors capable of adaptation and sustainability over time. Human ecosystems rest upon a foundation of abiotic and biotic factors taken as base conditions: a solar-driven energy system obeying thermodynamic properties, biogeochemical cycles of high constancy, landforms and geological variation of great complexity, the full genetic structure of life including biophysical properties of homo sapiens. The base conditions limit, constrain, influence and occasionally direct many human ecosystem processes. Boundaries can be spatially identified through ecological transition zones, administrative and political boundaries, or more fine-scaled analysis of sharp perturbations in system flows

Machlis_Human_ecosystem_model

177.   Steady state economy (in comparison with standard growth model) Herman Daly. Summary from SANZ.

The Standard (Growth) Economy diagram is equivalent to the Triple Bottom Line and Mickey Mouse models. It assumes the possibility of evergrowing cycles of production and consumption without considering the role of the supporting ecosystem, thus establishing the belief that there are no biophysical limits to growth of the economy.

By comparison, the Steady State Economy diagram represents stabilised population and consumption. Resource throughput and waste disposal remain roughly constant, the scale of economic activities fits within the capacity provided by ecosystems, there is fair distribution of wealth, and allocation of resources is efficient.

Daly_SteadyStateEconomy

 

 

178.   Integral framework   (Wilber’s integral quadrats, used by Barrett Brown) applied by Winton (in Br0wn).

WilberQuadrats_in_Brown

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