Our premise is that many people (ourselves included) struggle to grasp and envision a sustainable world, because mainstream claims of sustainability tend to be biased, manipulative, and are voiced authoritatively–despite “sustainability” not being universally defined. Thus, many of us are burdened with false and untested assumptions about what a “sustainable” world would look like. We of the Sust Enable Project believe that opening up the discourse about sustainability and exposing more people to emotional and artful stories about sustainability will liberate our potential to discuss, collaborate, and innovate at all levels of society towards a sustainable future.
Our vision is to model sustainability principles in our media and in our lives in a continuously improving, adapting way. We intend to develop sustainable methodologies for the creation of our media, testing the validity of sustainability claims against our own processes. We believe in the importance of making ourselves vulnerable to sustainability, of being honest and making mistakes, and letting our understanding evolve over time. We will challenge the notion that any one production, person, or institution is capable of conclusively defining sustainability. However, we deeply value the importance of sharing our stories about what works for each of us, and facilitating quality dialog on what sustainability means.
From our process thus far, we have determined the appropriateness of the following sustainability themes or principles to our process, and we are committed to building them into our media production methodologies.
- Holism (“the whole is greater than the sum of its parts”; also called “systems thinking”)
- Reflexivity (“what I do comes back around to affect me”; the interconnectedness of all things leading to recursion, tesselation)
- Attention to flow, process, networks, relationships
- Regenerative behavior (“giving back more than you take”)
- Stakeholder participation and engagement
- Multiplicity (“many worlds”: diversity as integral, where unity or consensus is not necessary)
- Complexity (irreducibility)
- Dynamic Balance
- Eudemony (overall optimization, rather than improvement in only one field)
Note: this list is evolving.