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Places to Intervene in a Socio-Ecological System: A Blueprint for Transformational Change

Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University, Canberra, ACT 2601, Australia
Academic Editor: Andrea Appolloni
Sustainability 2021, 13(16), 9474; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13169474
Received: 27 July 2021 / Revised: 15 August 2021 / Accepted: 20 August 2021 / Published: 23 August 2021
(This article belongs to the Section Social Ecology and Sustainability)
The scientific community and many intergovernmental organizations are now calling for transformational change to the prevailing socioeconomic systems, to solve global environmental problems, and to achieve sustainable development. Leverage point frameworks that could facilitate such transformative system change have been created and are in use, but major issues remain. Scholars use the leverage point term in multiple contradicting ways, often confusing it with system outcomes or specific interventions. Accordingly, the underlying structural causes of unsustainability have received insufficient consideration in the proposed actions for transformational change. In this work, I address these issues by clarifying the definition for leverage points and by integrating them into a new blueprint for transformational change, with clarified structure and clearly defined transformational change terminology. I then theoretically demonstrate how the nine phases of the blueprint could be applied to both plan and implement transformational change in a socio-ecological system. Although the blueprint is designed to be applied for socio-ecological systems at national and international scales, it could also be applied to plan and implement transformational change in various sub-systems. View Full-Text
Keywords: structural change; SDG; post-growth; eco-anxiety; value change; root causes; solutions; backcasting structural change; SDG; post-growth; eco-anxiety; value change; root causes; solutions; backcasting
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