Article written by Eshwer Kale published in the Economic and Political Weekly (EPW) (Vol. 52, Issue No. 3 dated 21 Jan, 2017)
Engine for Adaptive Sustainable Development
The outer circle, comprising of the five capitals, are the tangible frame within which human life unfolds. The five capitals – the physical, financial, social, human and natural – have to grow and develop simultaneously and harmoniously to have sustainable growth.
A set of five important conditions, essentially interconnected, that are necessary – material adequacy (not merely ‘increase’), security (freedom from fear of insufficiency, discrimination and conflict), freedom of choice, healthy interpersonal relationships and good health. These result in an empowered community that lives in dignity and that enjoys well-being.
In the centre is WHOLENESS – a body, mind, spirit integration – a harmony rooted in centredness; the space within which the individual and the community are one with the universe.
When we work to conserve our Earth for the 7th generation, we will be conserving it for ourselves. It requires that we sense, understand and respect the interconnectedness of the various components of the engine and take the necessary steps (adapt) so as to strike the balance that will maintain the equilibrium. We would necessarily need to work together as a community and as a group of communities to achieve sustainability.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS: This image emerged within WOTR after years of deep reflection, while we were trying to find congruence in the way we need to go forward. The thoughts, ideas and mainly sensing of the various components of ‘The Engine for Adaptive Sustainable Development’ comes from the contribution of many across the globe and across times. We thank each of you, some known, most unknown, for permitting us to take your thoughts and to weave it into a meaningful link as we look towards the future of our great, great grandchildren’s children.