We are an amazingly interconnected world. This happened millions of years before modern trade and tech made the world flat and interconnected. Interconnected organic and inorganic microsystems interact to form a complex system.
Different but related terms - Chaos Theory, Butterfly Effect, Telecoupling, Gaia Hypothesis – are used to express the interconnectedness between and the impacts on different microsystems. A policy decision, a natural occurrence, a social event, a technology application, may cascade events with effects elsewhere.
We are beginning to realise the strength of interconnectedness and interactions between microsystems. Big problems like those we are faced with require big solutions, based on a systems approach.
Clayton and Radcliffe in 'Sustainability – A Systems Approach' note that “A systems approach… provides a multi-dimensional framework in which information from different disciplines and domains can be integrated without being forced into a one-dimensional mapping”
The whole must be looked at, as well as the parts and the connections between the parts and the influence they exact upon each other in order to understand it fully (as well as the environment in which the system is placed and any external factors or mitigating forces) O'CONNOR & MCDERMOTT in The Art of Systems Thinking.
Advanced technologies are aiding comprehension and in speculating the impacts, but the real impacts are still largely unknown. The complexity of system grows with the increasing understanding of the interconnectedness.
Scientific understanding of complex interactions between microsystems and a systems approach are required to build the regenerative capacity of Earth to sustain life. Development and deployment of solutions, including data analytics, artificial intelligence, biomaterials, genetics, must identify their impact on microsystems and be based on systems thinking.
CII’s 14th Sustainability Summit is designed to bring to fore science-based (natural sciences, social sciences and philosophy) understanding, examples of systems approach in policy making, product design, and business reengineering, and sustainability solutions that provide intergenerational justice.
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Speakers Quotes 13th Sustainability Summit
New India needs appropriate vision for sustainable, integrated and inclusive growth.Mr Nitin Gadkari Union Minister of Road Transport, Highways, Shipping, Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation
To ensure sustainable development, we need to work holistically on 5Ps - People, Planet, Peace, Prosperity and Partnership together.Dr. Mahesh Sharma Minister of State for Culture and Minister of State for Environment, Forest and Climate Change
Sustainability Summit is a landmark event; it has contributed significantly to raise awareness and to implement sustainability on the ground.Mr Suresh P Prabhu Minister of Commerce and Industry and Civil Aviation of India
Member of Business community across India and Europe will have to work in close cooperation with Government of India and members of European Union for implementing solutions on climate and energy.H.E. Mr Tomasz Kozlowski Ambassador of European Union to India and Bhutan
Sustainability is not about technology, it's about people. Therefore, the ethos of sustainability and to make cities live-able must be a part of our thinking process.Mr Amitabh Kant CEO, Niti Aayog