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!