A Living Systems Perspective for Stewarding Sustainability Transformations



This Chapter introduces systems thinking with a focus on life-enhancing processes. It does so in a trans- and multidisciplinary way and shows the role of patterns as a relational and constituting element in the co-creative process of life. Drawing on socio-ecological research, it relates such constituting elements to vitality and resilience as a form of aliveness in living systems. It argues that transferring and translating the insights of this approach to understanding how socio-ecological systems as well as human interaction systems function (or fail to function) is key to conceptualizing stewarding sustainability transformations in a new way.


Systems thinking Pattern cognition Vitality Resilience Adaptability Ecosystems Patterns of aliveness Living systems Systems theory Evolution Socio-ecological systems Stewardship of transformations Sustainability transformations 


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