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The sustainability asymptogram: A new philosophical framework for policy, outreach and education in sustainability

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Abstract:

Purpose ‐ The purpose of this paper is to present a mathematical model that can be used as an educational tool to reflect the philosophical aspects of sustainability. Design/methodology/approach ‐ This is a descriptive paper. Findings ‐ Everyone carries a sustainability deficit. Therefore, opportunities to reduce this deficit abound. Education is an excellent vehicle to achieve sustainability. Practical implications ‐ Helping individuals with extremely high sustainability deficit to make minimum improvements is more beneficial than a further reduction of the "deficit" by those who have it already low. Further action is certainly encouraged, especially to quantify the sustainability index. Originality/value ‐ The paper fulfils the need of providing an original model upon which educators may lean to, in order to enhance learning in sustainability.

Keywords: Curriculum development; Education; Mathematical modelling; Philosophical concepts; Sustainable development

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/14676370710717580

Publication date: January 16, 2007

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