This component of the Center joins together the vast resources of academic and scientific knowledge with the fields of the humanities and social sciences to address the substantial environmental and social challenges of this time. It is of great importance that both social and physical systems be simultaneously evaluated and changed in a manner that respects the present life-conditions and values of a given community while providing the means for successful transition to balanced technological, economic, and metabolic infrastructures.

An key aspect of this component is the development of what Barbara Marx Hubbard calls the "Evolutionary Agenda", the critical path for how humanity can achieve comprehensive livability as a whole and within every sector of social endeavor.

Examples of Design Science-oriented approaches to problem solving can be found in the work of individuals and organizations such as:

Rocky Mountain Institute

Paul Hawken

John Todd

William McDonough

Buckminster Fuller


(more to come...)


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