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Meshing Imaginative Vision and Policy Implementability

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Meshing Imaginative Vision and Policy Implementability
1. Beyond "tinkering" and crisis management
2. The search for new forms of order
3. Beyond "boring" possibilities: the evocative constraint
4. Conceptual scaffolding in support of imaginative proposals
5. Scaffolding possibilities from high technology and traditional wisdom
6. The chasm between imaginative possibilities and policy realities
7. Metaphor as a vital cognitive interface
8. Policy implications
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Prepared as a statement (see others) on the occasion of the Earth Summit (Rio de Janeiro, 1992) for the International Facilitating Committee for the Independent Sectors in the UNCED process (Geneva). Portions of the text were published in the Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential (1994-5, vol 2) and in the online version of its commentaries (to which links below are made) shaping the global network of local bargains by decoding and mapping Earth Summit inter-sectoral issues. [IFCD55A]
Note on the challenging dilemma of an imaginative response to the policy implications of sustainable development -- using metaphor as a vital cognitive interface.

0. Introduction

This note assumes recognition of the complexity of the policy challenges of sustainable development, the need for "new thinking" and the importance of more imaginative approaches to policy-making and organization. The implications of these issues for the theme of this note have been explored in the section on metaphor in the Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential (1991).