The first chapter - key descriptor "the Sustainability Challenge" - introduces the wider context which is related to the sustainability agenda at large, where some short history and notes of the concept of sustainability and sustainable development is made. The full agenda of "sustainability-related problems" gets listed here;
- Water and Sanitation
- Sustainable production and consumption patterns
- Climate change and energy systems
- Ecosystems, biological diversity and land use
- Utilization of sea resources
- Food and agriculture
- Trade Justice
- Social stability, democracy and good governance
- Peace and Security
Key characteristics related to the "sustainability problems" are identified, and the demanding approach they induce is illustrated. Some of the core issues gets extra highlighted in sections - such as poverty, water and food security, illiteracy, HIV/AIDS, global warming/climate change. A core source for describing "the state of the world" will be some maps from GapMinder, debunking some myths with some visualized facts.
The Challenge - and the Traditional Response
An illustration of the institutions that is there to solve sustainability-related problems gets done, and some personal encounters and general reasons on why they mostly fall short to tackle the issues at hand. The character of the complex and intertwined cause-and-effect loops that surrounds the sustainability problems really demands "outside-the-box" thinking.
When presented earlier, this illustration has been attached with some short notes, and will now get a proper write-up, using the respective concept in the illustration as a departure to get into detail of the respective shortcomings within these established institutions to tackle the sustainability agenda - where a special focus will be on "siloizing" coming from narrow specialty focus, missing the "holistic picture".