Culture in the Winds of Change: Fostering a ‘Culture of Sustainability’ & Making the Case for Cultural Indicators

By Douglas C. Worts.

Published by The Sustainability Collection

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Article: Print $US10.00
Article: Electronic $US5.00

In this day and age, one thing seems increasingly clear, at least in industrialized countries. Human beings have created cultures that are unsustainable. From the uncertain implications of climate change, to the realities of a global economic melt-down and the growing gap between rich and poor, there are few indications that a human population of over 6.5 billion can continue to survive, let alone thrive, on planet Earth. As humanity proceeds down the path of globalization, pluralization and urbanization, there is a niggling question – can we create a global/local ‘culture of sustainability’? If so, what might it look like? How do we move towards it? How do we know if we are getting closer, or drifting ever further from this goal?

Keywords: Culture of Sustainability, Cultural Indicators, Museums, Adaptive Renewal, Unsustainable Cultures, Steady State Economy, Globalization, Urbanization, Pluralization, Values

The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Volume 6, Issue 5, pp.241-254. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 7.123MB).

Douglas C. Worts

Freelance Consultant, Culture and Sustainability Specialist, Toronto, Canada

Douglas Worts is a culture and sustainability specialist with WorldViews Consulting, in Toronto, Canada. His museum career has spanned over 30 years, being employed principally by the Art Gallery of Ontario, where he focused primarily on exhibition development, audience engagement and visitor studies. He has taught graduate courses in Museum Studies at the University of Toronto. Douglas is a Fellow of Leadership for Environment and Development (LEAD).

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