Sustainable Development Drivers

Sustainable Development Drivers

The Role of Leadership in Government, Business and NGO Performance

Edited by Kees Zoeteman

Sustainable development cannot be prescribed – rather, it results from conscious personal choices in government, business and NGOs. This thought-provoking book explores both the origins and future of the global sustainable development movement, and provides an original overview of the driving forces of sustainable development, including market forces and past and future trends.

Chapter 13: The Case of the Center for Human Emergence Netherlands

Lisette Schuitemaker, Peter Merry and Anne-Marie Voorhoeve

Subjects: business and management, business leadership, development studies, development studies, economics and finance, environmental economics, environment, environmental economics


Lisette Schuitemaker, Peter Merry and AnneMarie Voorhoeve SUMMARY This chapter is a case study of the Center for Human Emergence Netherlands (CHE NL), which is an organization seeking to learn about and experiment with a ‘super sustainability’ attitude. This fifth level of sustainability attitudes corresponds with what is presented as the yellowturquoise value systems in Don Beck’s Spiral Dynamics integral (SDi) language. It aims to be a highly creative and intuitive organization that is ‘inventing while developing’. The Center was founded in 2005. In the first six years, the volunteers involved have experimented with new ways of conducting meetings, a new form of governance and, in general, putting the collective purpose first. The chapter first reviews these experiences and lessons. It subsequently describes how a chaordic type of community of volunteers was initially formed, and how the instrument of meshworking™ was developed jointly with Gaiasoft and applied for different international activities around Millennium Development Goals. CHE NL was later reshaped according to the principles of holacracy, and developed commercial activities with meshweavers and synnovators to assist organizations to move from level 3 to level 4 sustainability attitudes and to related internal and external activities. INTRODUCTION Reporting on Super Sustainability Within the system of classifying the sustainability attitudes of actors and organizations, as introduced in earlier chapters of this book, most 257 ZOETEMAN 9780857934895 PRINT.indd 257 05/07/2012 11:35 258 Sustainable development drivers organizations will fit an attitude characterized by ‘reluctantly respecting the law’ or ‘being open to voluntary agreements with...

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