The Five Domains

If we are to have a reasonable chance of managing the growth of our habitats, and at the same time achieve a balance of economic development with the conservation of the earth's natural systems, we must understand the principles of sustainability, and, we must see problems in a systems context. W. Cecil Steward of The Joslyn Institute has developed an evidentiary model that shows that there are Five Domains of Sustainability, for humanity, bio/ecosystems, communities, and the earth. (In this context, "domain" is used to mean a field of human activity.) These are:

      Environmental (natural and man-built)
      Socio-cultural (history, conditions, and contexts)
      Technological (appropriate, sustainable)
      Economics (the production of goods and services within a sustainable context, and the financial resources to support the production, trade, operations, and maintenance)
      Public Policy (government, or public rules/regulations)

Further, in the communities of the future these domains should be the organizing principles for administration, design and planning, growth management, and regional and sustainable development. The domains, and all the information contained within them, are interdependent, interactive, and affective, one in turn upon each of the other four. A systematic analysis of their interdependencies, in any developmental or operational situation, will reduce the potential of unintended, unanticipated consequences, at any scale of development. Read more about The Five Domains here >>.

The Five Domains
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