- Date submitted: 1 Nov 2011
- Stakeholder type: Major Group
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Envisioning the Great Transformation in an Integral Perspective
Many of the preparatory discussions and documents for Rio+20 fail in painting the big picture:
In order to reach sustainability we need to envision and organize nothing less than the third Great Transformation of our economic system on a global scale.
The term Great Transformation was coined by the Austro-Hungarian political economist Karl Polanyi in 1944 to describe fundamental changes of an economic and societal system as a whole. The first Great Transformation has been the Neolithic Revolution, the second one the Industrial Revolution.
The societal changes which are ahead can?t be overestimated. To be able to coordinate efforts towards sustainability we need to have a common understanding of what is needed now: the third Great Transformation towards an economic system which operates within the planetary limits.
A new Civil Contract for a Great Transformation
In May 2011 the German Advisory Council on Global Change WBGU published its flagship report: World in Transition ? Civil Contract for Sustainability.
We support the general view presented by the Advisory Council WBGU and suggest framing the Rio+20 discussions accordingly. We need to envision and organize the Great Transformation.
Integral Theory as a common all-inclusive framework
To understand and coordinate the different approaches of different stakeholders we need to have a common all-inclusive framework. We suggest using the Integral Theory2 for that purpose. The usefulness of an integral approach has already been proven within various UN-activities.
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