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Towards transition: resourcing socially learned decisions

Terry Nolan and Richard J. Varey

International Journal of Sustainable Development, 2014, vol. 17, issue 2, 208-226

Abstract: This conceptual paper examines the need for deliberative public decision making to create a sustainable society, and the potential for social learning and public decision making in the online collective intelligence. Concepts and evidence are synthesised from studies of sustainability, decision-making, communication, deliberative democracy, knowledge management, and information and communication technology. The future of the relationship between humans, society, and nature is being co-constructed, and ICT may act to improve or to diminish the quality of this relationship. Further understanding of the potential of ICT to enable and support public/social learning and democratic decisions on courses of action will be a signpost to a pathway to a sustainable future. The synthesis of understandings from sustainable development, communication, knowledge management, and online web domains creates a meta-level appreciation of converging issues facing humans and society in relation to nature. This is a contribution to understanding online communication for building a pathway out of crisis into a sustainable society.

Keywords: sustainable society; online communication; social learning; great transition; participatory decision making; collective deliberation; Web 3.0; sustainable development; sustainability; public decision making; online collective intelligence; ICT; democratic decisions; democracy; knowledge management. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014
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