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To change our future, we're gonna have to change our minds, says Bob Doppelt (via celsias).

First, we gotta get over reluctance, rebellion, resignation and rationalization, which Doppelt calls the 4Rs of disinterest.

Why? "The future will be powered by sustainable thinking in business, organizations, governments and everyday life" says Doppelt.

As Hawaii 2050 says in its initial goal statement, we need an "ethic of sustainability"; we need to learn how to "live in a sustainable way."

Doppelt employs strategies from the health field to change our thinking and behaviur from unsustainable to sustainable…and then defend them until they become as automatic.

Here are Doppelt's 5D stages for changed thinking:

  1. Disinterest
  2. Deliberation
  3. Design
  4. Doing
  5. Defending

Doppelt finds that the last 'D' is perhaps the toughest and the most important.

Says Doppelt:

"Even though I am involved with research and teach climate change and sustainability courses, for instance, the effort needed to continually fend off resistance from others and to surmount obstacles often causes me to consider falling back into unsustainable thinking and behaviour patterns. The defending stage of change is therefore the most arduous stage. It can also, however, be the most enjoyable part of the change process."

So, wanna be a mobilized sustainability change agent? Read this practical guide.

Published by Ken on August 23rd, 2008 tagged Climate Change, Systems Thinking

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