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Sustainability, Systems Thinking and Professional Practice

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Abstract:

This article explores the impact of the new sustainability agenda on the occupational and professional needs of those who have taken educational and training programmes in the environmental field at either undergraduate or postgraduate level or through relevant professional institutions' continuing professional development programmes. It also describes a one-day workshop for the professions on sustainable development, based on systems thinking and practice. The workshop provides a model for developing greater understanding and effective action in professional practice, by using dialogue and inter-professional learning to explore approaches to sustainability in a variety of business and professional contexts. It introduces the principles underpinning the concept of sustainability and provides tools to support the integration of sustainable development into professional practice and organizational change.

Keywords: Sustainability; organizational learning; the professions

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03098260500030389

Affiliations: 1: University College Worcester * Centre for Complexity & Change,Faculty of Technology Open University UK 2: ESD Consulting York UK 3: Environment and Sustainability CITB Construction Skills Kings Lynn UK

Publication date: March 1, 2005

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