Sustainable Development and Adaptation

One of the best known definitions of sustainable development is “Development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”. Achieving sustainable development means balancing three aspects: economic, social and environmental so that everyone, both locally and globally has a good quality of life. There is a lot to think about and we are focused on turning thought into action. It’s easy to be critical but much harder to take on personal creative and innovative risk.

Adaptiveness is the capacity to adjust to changing circumstances during disruption by developing new plans, taking new actions or modifying behaviors to be better able to withstand and recover from it, particularly when it is not possible or wise to go back to the way things were. Adaptability requires flexibility; to repurpose existing resources to new purposes or for one thing to take on multiple roles.

To adapt requires awareness which is the ability to constantly assess and learn new information on strengths, weaknesses and other factors through sensing, information gathering and robust feedback loops.