Development of a long-term vision on a sustainable society

Associations 21, Vlaams Overleg Duurzame Ontwikkeling

At the request of two associations of NGOs - Associations 21 and Vlaams Overleg Duurzame Ontwikkeling (VODO) - shiftN designed a lightweight and engaging process to develop a long-term vision on a sustainable society. The vision is meant to give input to an emerging framework for long-term policy on sustainable development developed by the federal government.

The systemic iceberg was a guiding image for the whole process. First the work focused on elucidating a set of 10 basic values underlying a long-term sustainable future (the bottom of the iceberg). Then 5 personas were developed that gave shape to these values in their varying behaviours (the tip of the iceberg). A set of underlying institutional and infrastructural patterns – the bulk of the berg – was identified that characterize a sustainable society. The resulting vision document closes with a series of 30 recommendations to set in motion the process of transitioning to sustainability.

The process was designed and facilitated by shiftN assisted by Michel Teller from Cyrano helping out to facilitate workshops with francophone participants.

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