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Mapping Environmental SustainabilityReflecting on Systemic Practices for Participatory Research$
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Sue Oreszczyn and Andy Lane

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781447331575

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447331575.001.0001

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‘Imagine’: mapping sustainability indicators

‘Imagine’: mapping sustainability indicators

(p.183) Eight ‘Imagine’: mapping sustainability indicators
Mapping Environmental Sustainability

Simon Bell

Policy Press

This chapter discusses how a systems method for sharing perspectives on and then agreeing sustainability indicators was conceived and then applied in a wide variety of places. Central to this method's evolution were the intentions of its initial creators and the contributions of the different project collaborators and participants in the related workshops. Central to the method's effectiveness are the way two diagram types were used to visualise, and make more relevant to specified communities, indicators of environmental sustainability. The chapter is also another example of the interplay between method and visualisation, both of the method and within the method, and that it can be difficult to say which is the chicken and which is the egg. They are complementary parts of a holistic and ongoing process, particularly where the main objective is action to improve people's lives rather than research on people's lived experiences.

Keywords:   systems method, environmental sustainability, diagramming, sustainability indicators

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