- the denial of change as the central construct defining sustained growth and future prosperity,and
- the transference of a human management construct into a purely scientific measure of precautionary possibility.
Both Haiti and Chile experienced large earthquakes: in Haiti the effects were severe, in Chile they were not. In the past two decades, Haiti has been subjected to extensive "sustainability" thinking from NGOs and government intervention in the economy: it has neither experienced development nor is it any more sustainable than when those efforts started. In contrast, Chile has sustained its development, experienced real economic growth and was able to sustain its population through a natural disaster.
- how do we manage growth and future change so that it is sustainable?
Sustainability is the process of capacity building that gives communities the capability to adapt to change, sustain their development and provide hope to future generations.
As Fullan states:
- Sustainability is the capacity of a system to engage in the complexities of continuous improvement consistent with deep values of human purpose.
To implement sustainability effectively we must address this distinction directly in the consideration of power, precaution and the perpetuation of ecomyths..