My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Ceres, Boston, MA, USA
Sustainability is no longer a pastime for armchair intellectuals. It is slowly but surely assuming a major role in the healthy continuance of life on earth.
As the science of the art of prevailing on the adversity of collaborating opposites, sustainability aims at creating a mutually participatory Cause ⇄ Effect platform of creative destruction, of out-of-equilibrium, “middle-out” homeostatic adaptive trade-off between allocation and growth, supervised by a source-moderated utilization of Nature. Being a inter- and intra-disciplinary issue with deep and interactive roots in thermodynamics, chaos, complexity and nonlinearity, understanding and appreciation of sustainability calls for much more than neighbourhood get-togethers. It is in this spirit that organizations like Ceres assume defining significance in the propagation, patronage, well-being, and growth of a less-than-intuitive paradigm that sustainability represents.
Sustainability is an out-of-equilibrium phase of Nature, supported by "life" and land-marked by "birth" and "death", much more indeed beyond Brundtland. Newtonian reductionism that we acquire --- and pass onto future generations --- fail to address these issues except for the obviously trivial. In situations such as these begging paradigmatic shift in our attitude to and relationship with the mainstream, dedicated support of organizations like Ceres with the capacity, potency and fortitude to address complex issues are inevitably needed.
Sustainability is much more than rallies, demonstrations, politicians, corporates, climate change, and green economy, important as these might well be. They cannot be substitutes for the analysis-debate-synthesis dialectic of the academia, of a nascent science of the 21st century awaiting a much-needed take-off. Without an academic foundation, it is unlikely to graduate from the present polemical state to the class-room where it rightly belongs.
Ceres, I believe, is uniquely positioned with its rich and varied background of a quarter century, to play the proverbial role of a facilitator and negotiator between academic and corporate social responsibility worlds (and the state) to foster a beneficial homeostasis that either on its own cannot hope to achieve.