domingo, 1 de fevereiro de 2009

Pensamento XV

"Thanks to the material successes of the two industrial revolutions we are a crew [Buckminster Fuller's great phrase,`the crew of Spaceship Earth'] with rising expectations of high living standards. But we are increasingly aware that the wealth-generating machine may not be able to meet those expectations without doing unacceptable damage to Spaceship Earth, which, together with the free supply of energy from our sun, is the only given resource we have.

This triangle - of expectations, wealth generation, and protection of the planet - will have to be managed with great care at many different levels as we enter the 21st century if major disasters are to be avoided. Unfortunately, our current ideas on management are rather primitive and are probably not up to the task. They stem from the technologically oriented thinking of the 1960s, and they now need to be enlarged and enriched."

in Peter Checkland, Soft Systems Methodology: A Thirty Year Retrospective, John Wiley & Sons, 2000

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