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How sustainable is the world in 2050?
PostedDecember 18, 2013, in  Step 7: sustainable excellence
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All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them.

Galileo Galilei



Illustration: Ivo van Leeuwen

Big and small steps

The end of 2013 is approaching fast. Another year passed in which big and small steps were taken on our journey towards a sustainable society. Investments are made in renewable energy, reusing products and more transparency in doing business: worldwide many sustainability initiatives are deployed in various ways. Each wonderful and commendable, but how valuable are they really?  

Sustainability ambitions

At the end of the year it is time to disclose the plans for the New Year. Citizens, businesses and governments all seize the opportunity to showcase their sustainability ambitions, raging from printing less to eating less meat, and from solar panels to electric cars. All these plans say something about the person taking the initiative, but what does that mean in the big picture? How are we doing in a global context?  

No shared vision

No one knows. Sustainable solutions are mostly geared towards a specific topic, such as 'the mountain of waste', 'resource scarcity' or 'energy consumption'. There is a lack of understanding the system as a whole, a lack of a collective global framework to point the way. And that is certainly not without risk, according to The Guardian: ‘Sustainability movement will fail unless it creates a compelling future vision.’  

On our way to the future

The same applies to the EFQM Excellence Model. Every three years it is updated based on current developments and new insights. But how should the EFQM Model, the world’s leading management model, look in 2050 to support a healthy global system in which wealth and prosperity reinforce each other? In 2014 Improve4all will continue to proactively contribute to this discussion, through sharing knowledge and experience, by starting the debate and by presenting new ideas.

Improve4all wishes you lots of sustainable happiness and good health in 2014!

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PostedDecember 18, 2013, in Step 7: sustainable excellence
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