EcoPractice encompasses the following foundation concepts:
- A culture of sustainability is essential for the success of any sustainability vision, program, project, process or action.
- Culture is sustainability’s “overlooked dimension”: it influences our capacity to act sustainably, as an intrinsic, implicit state or “second nature”.
- The practice of sustainability facilitates the emergence of sustainability culture; and, in turn, a mature sustainability culture supports our sustainability-oriented actions.
- A sustainability culture exists when sustainable behaviour is evident in our everyday practices, especially where situations are complex and difficult, and sustainable solutions are hard to find.
- In complex social environments, a sustainability culture is not only constructed or designed: it emerges as a new pattern from the field of culture, values, attitudes and action.
- Culture is an emergent quality of complex social systems, and thus sustainability practice must be grounded in emergent patterns.
- Our social systems are living systems and thus are adaptive, resilient, complex, self-organising and enable new patterns to emerge.
- Sustainability culture is emergent, therefore EcoPractice applies an emergence-based model of sustainability culture: The Ecoplexity Model; and emergence-based patterns for sustainability practice: The Ecoplexity Patterns
- EcoPractice and the Ecoplexity Model and Patterns encompass: Simplicity and Complexity – Complicity and Implicity!