Conversations about the Future

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DIANE Publishing, 1995 - 46 pages
This document is not just a summary of the 1994 Minnesota Congress on Sustainable Development that brought together people from diverse backgrounds and perspectives to think about the state's social, economic, and environmental future. It is a companion to the Minnesota Sustainable Development Initiative's year-end report, Refining Progress: Working Toward a Sustainable Future. Captures the essence of the speakers' presentations and the main advice participants offered on the Initiative's future priorities.

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Page 38 - ... resources takes place between constituencies.) • Full access to education and information regarding the environment. • Sustainable planning, development and human settlement policies (UN, 1 992). Active participation is at the heart of sustainable community development. A sustainable community is: A community that uses its resources to meet current needs while ensuring that adequate resources are available for future generations. A sustainable community seeks a better quality of life for...
Page 16 - Life cannot wait until the sciences may have explained the universe scientifically. We cannot put off living until we are ready. The most salient characteristic of life is its coerciveness: it is always urgent, "here and now" without any possible postponement.
Page 38 - A sustainable community seeks a better quality of life for all its residents while maintaining nature's ability to function over time by minimizing waste, preventing pollution, promoting efficiency and developing local resources to revitalize the local economy. Decision-making in a sustainable community stems from a rich civic life and shared information among community members. A sustainable community resembles a living system in which human, natural and economic elements are interdependent and...
Page 38 - Gray (1989, p. 5), who is often credited with formally launching collaboration theory, interorganizational collaboration is defined as "a process through which parties who see different aspects of a problem can constructively explore their differences and search for solutions that go beyond their own limited vision of what is possible.
Page 49 - Citizen Involvement To develop a citizen involvement program that insures the opportunity for citizens to be involved in all phases of the planning process.
Page 6 - Minnesotans are taking the theory of sustainable development and are turning it into action not only at the state level but at the local level as well.
Page 1 - Sustainable development means meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
Page 53 - Rather than being a fixed thing, a sustainable community is continually adjusting to meet the social and . economic needs of its residents while preserving the environment's ability to support it.
Page 50 - ... economic costs imposed by new growth Use natural resources and public funds efficiently Preserve features of local, regional, and statewide significance Respect the limitations of the natural environment to support growth and development Foster livable communities by encouraging safe, pedestrian-friendly development that integrates a diverse mix of housing and jobs, public transit, businesses, public spaces, and recreational areas Enhance Minnesota's economic strength and competitiveness Chapter...
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