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ERIC Number: ED417338
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Jun
Pages: 25
Abstractor: N/A
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A Living Systems Model for Assessing and Promoting the Sustainability of Communities.
Larrick, Steve
A living systems model of community development has been synthesized from elements of three perspectives: (1) a global movement toward more sustainable patterns of human development that is identifying indicators of community health in a wide range of categories; (2) research on the complex interactions of living systems that make life on earth possible; and (3) research on traditional indigenous societies for integrated and holistic perspectives on the nature of our connection with the universe and the cosmos. The model consists of five concentric circles centered on an "axis of sustainability." Each circle represents one the five basic levels of current science (physical, biological, psychological, social, and cultural). The model illustrates key processes by which living system have tended to evolve to more complex levels of existence (as represented by the five concentric circles) by resisting entropy, becoming sustainable at each higher level of existence, and ultimately transcending prevailing boundaries to higher (more complex) states of being. The model is proposed as a tool for better understanding the meaning of life in community and developing additional tools needed to guide communities toward long-term sustainability as complex, multidimensional living systems. (Contains 44 references.) (MN)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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