Although there are very few “universal” principles of sustainability, there are diverse pathways which lead us from the basic principles to the implementation of sustainable development policies and strategies. As experience has shown, changing the way we do “business” is of paramount importance. Rational and conventional top down government-led decision-making processes are normally used to prevent or solve interrelated problems or to facilitate and support change. However, this often leads to resistance, alienation and apathy, subsequently resulting in a lack of real sustainable change.

Whichever pathway is chosen it is to be founded on the basic principles of human dignity and the particular care of the needs of future generations. This pathway begins at the confluence of spiritual and economic development. Guiding us along the way are interdependent and mutually reinforcing pillars of social networks, culture and governance. The pathway chosen must be supportable, equitable and viable for all stakeholders. To achieve balanced sustainable development, community identity, dialogue, critical discourse and participatory democracy in decision-making processes are vital for success.

You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi