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Systems from Limits to growth and beyond


Thematic Area
Development studies, Environmental studies, Sustainable Development, Systems thinking-Theoretical framework and assessment

This video describes how systems thinking related to sustainability and coupled systems has developed. Te starting point is System dynamic analysis, used as a framework in the book "Limits to growth" from 1972. This book took a rather harsh view on the environmental challenges caused by industrial growth along with population growth. It was very much criticized in its time, and many scholars looked for other alternatives to have a holistic thinking on sustainability and development issues. In recent years, some of the alternative views on systems thinking has started to open up to influences from each other. The video tries to show some of the opportunities emerging from this openness.

Points of Strength
This video is supposed to appeal to students in environment and development studies, and give them a chance to relate different kinds of approaches to complexity and systems thinking.