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1.What values, structures and processes would help move us from our present dominant socioeconomic paradigm to the suggested integrist paradigm?
2. Are there limits to the carrying capacity of the biosphere? What is the nature of these limits? Are they fixed (Rees 1992) or plastic, that is, they vary according to what societies value (Regier 1995)?
3.Are there limits to economic growth, given a finite carrying capacity? If there are limits, what ramifications does this have for development versus growth?
4.How would one encourage the economic system, assuming a finite and non-growing earth, to adopt or adapt to a similar pattern of development?
5.How can the concept of development replace growth as necessary for sustainable employment, social mobility, and technical advance? Is there a link, or new narrative for social change that can be made between development and progress?
6. What values facilitate co-evolution of natural and human systems, and what keeps the opposite in place?
7. What new metaphors, myths and narratives for social change could we use to encourage the emergence of more integrist and life supporting paradigms, and what existing ones have to be changed? What are the major barriers blocking such an emergence, and what are ways to weaken or remove them?
8. What role can governments play to reduce and eliminate the psychological and institutional and structural reasons for growth, as well as the structural reasons?
9. What is the impact of finite limits on human carrying capacity? Is it possible to absolutely determine these limits, given the differences in competing paradigms, economically and ecologically as referenced in question 2?
10. In your opinion, where are human systems in terms of their appropriation of the biosphere depicted in Figure 4, and on what do you base your opinion?
11. Is there any way to model these scenarios in a way that would be meaningful to politicians and senior-level bureaucrats?
12. What structures and processes from natural systems should be incorporated into human systems, and why?
13.What ecosystem principles should be incorporated into human systems, and why?
14. How can a sense of ecological time be reconciled with the short-term time frame of political decision-making?
15. How do you integrate time, place and scale phenomena of ecosystems into human decision-making?
16. Is there a way to redesign government information systems so that feedback loops from natural systems are systematically incorporated into decision-making, delays and lags reduced or eliminated, and policy changes dynamically responsive?
17. How can human bounded systems, such as federal/provincial jurisdictions, become more flexible to compliment unbounded ecosystems?
18. What would the world be like if human beings co-opted 80% of net primary production (NPP)? Or 100%?
19. Are there existing transition strategies that would help in changing governmental values for sustainable development?
20. What government leadership initiatives would encourage industries to bring their flows of energy and materials below their source limits?
21. Are there industries that should be made obsolete in a sustainable society? For example, the most intractable hazardous wastes are human-synthesized chemicals, and yet, every day, 3 to 5 new chemicals enter the marketplace.
22. How does one phase out and discourage unsustainable industries in a democratic capitalistic society?
23. In what ways are population, affluence and technology interconnected to each other?
24.What institutional arrangements are necessary to identify positive feedback loops and to effectively respond to them? What changes are neededin the way governments receive and process information?
25. Describe your vision of a sustainable world? How do we get from here to there? (A sustainable world can never come into being if it cannot be envisioned.)
26. What role do multistakeholder processes have to play in sustainable development? What are their strengths and weaknesses?
27. What collaborative networks are necessary to diffuse sustainable development concepts and practices throughout Canadian society? Is there a role for Federal Government leadership?
28. How do we make explicit the dominant paradigms internal and external to governments as well as their influence on decision-making? How do we test these paradigms and learn when they are no longer relevant to current realities?
29.How can government policy-making become more open and transparent and dynamically responsive to current and emerging realities?
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