A guide to global trends, challenges, and opportunities
The Global Context
maintained by Robert Gilman
It is also the starting point for an evolving index to state-of-the-art
summary information on many topics important for sustainability, particularly
at a global scale.
The same classification system can be use to organize a similar assessments of conditions, challenges, and opportunities at smaller scales -- from the nation down to the household.
For the trend summaries we plan to look at:
Filling in this information across the full scope of topics is a major project that will take many months, if not years. At this time we are just beginning, with the first full trend analysis, on the topic of "oil" in preparation.
Nature or Natural Capital refers to what we would often call "the
environment" -- including land, the atmosphere, water, and all of life
other than humanity.
You can think of the items under this heading as demographics plus our
personal non-material wealth.
Social & Culture
This heading includes all the interpersonal "software"
that enables societies and organizations to function: roles, norms, traditions,
regulations, policies, etc. -- in other words, the non-physical part of
culture. It differs from Humankind in that it is the "software"
(and characteristics) of groups rather than of individuals.
Finally, technologies, manufactured things, and their associated institutions:
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