Next Article in Journal
Global Ecolabelling Certification Standards and ASEAN Fisheries: Can Fisheries Legislations in ASEAN Countries Support the Fisheries Certification?
Next Article in Special Issue
Leading from the Niche: Insights from a Strategic Dialogue of Renewable Energy Cooperatives in The Netherlands
Previous Article in Journal
Does the Impact of China’s Outward Foreign Direct Investment on Reverse Green Technology Process Differ across Countries?
Previous Article in Special Issue
Fostering Sustainability Transitions by Designing for the Convergence of Policy Windows and Transition Arenas
Open AccessArticle

A Sustainability Lighthouse—Supporting Transition Leadership and Conversations on Desirable Futures

Division Physical Resource Theory, Chalmers University of Technology, SE-412 96 Gothenburg, Sweden
*
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Sustainability 2018, 10(11), 3842; https://doi.org/10.3390/su10113842
Received: 9 July 2018 / Revised: 4 October 2018 / Accepted: 20 October 2018 / Published: 23 October 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Leading Sustainability Transitions)
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. View Full-Text
Keywords: sustainability; Agenda 2030; leadership; transitions; futures; backcasting; transdisciplinarity sustainability; Agenda 2030; leadership; transitions; futures; backcasting; transdisciplinarity
Show Figures

Figure 1

MDPI and ACS Style

Holmberg, J.; Larsson, J. A Sustainability Lighthouse—Supporting Transition Leadership and Conversations on Desirable Futures. Sustainability 2018, 10, 3842.

Show more citation formats Show less citations formats
Note that from the first issue of 2016, MDPI journals use article numbers instead of page numbers. See further details here.

Article Access Map by Country/Region

1
Back to TopTop