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Workshop on Building Strategies for Sustainable Well Being

The current generation is responsible not only for its own well being but also for future generations. Because what we do today will affect the living conditions of our children and grandchildren, presentation on the subject devotes a lot of attention to identifying the potential and nurturing skills to build to achieve sustainable well being. We believe sustainable community well being could be achieved only if an individual achieves sustainable well being. The Individual well being again depends on his / her capability to identify, nurture and enhance skills & expertise which will help in sustainable career growth of an individual. Our objective of this workshop is to present & discuss strategies for sustainable career development for young generations in line with the future development. 

It’s been a privilege for us to present this very important topic and we hope that through our model we can help foster understanding of sustainable well being, both in individual and in the community. We also hope that we can contribute to harmonizing and integrating the loose ends for sustainable development in the not-too-distant future. 

The socio-economic model of industrialised societies is quickly becoming unsustainable economically, socially and ecologically, as well as in terms of individual well-being. Moreover, there are various rigidities which make structural adaptation difficult. This presentation is an attempt to lay out a path toward a more sustainable society. It introduces several principles of sustainable well-being that meet the key sustainability challenges of advanced societies. Taken together, these principles form a vision of a sustainable well-being society.

These workshops will take a long-term historical and systemic perspective to the current societal transformation. Our time perspective will be a few decades into the future. The presentation will highlight new opportunities for sustainable development and well-being in the fundamentally changed environment. The discussion will focus on potential building blocks, or principles, for a more sustainable society. These principles have been chosen because they have a positive impact on several dimensions of sustainability at the same time. However, it must be stressed that good sustainable solutions do not have to have such multiple impacts. They can very well contribute to one dimension of sustainability and have no impact on the others. The principles presented will not, naturally, cover all aspects of life and society.

We hope that, over time and with further development, the proposed principles can form the nucleus of a new vision that could inspire individuals to move towards a better and more sustainable society. Such a vision will necessarily be fuzzy. The world is changing too rapidly for anything better. However, some guiding principles and a fuzzy vision is better than nothing. Structural changes cannot be effective without the direction that they can provide. A shared vision can encourage the various actors at different parts of the society to develop coherent and complementary strategies and policies which are well attuned to their own specific contexts but move the society as a whole towards sustainability.

The transition towards a more sustainable societal model will not be easy. Various kinds of rigidities and inertia lie in the road to a better society. For example, short-term decision making, lack of open societal dialogue, rigid mental frames, binding social ties, vested economic interests, political power struggles, and the sheer difficulty of coordinating change in complex societal systems create roadblocks that may stifle structural renewal processes. Thus, a successful transformation to sustainability will not only require a vision of the future societal model but also the ability to overcome such adjustment rigidities.

The economic balance of the world is gradually shifting towards East as the fast-growing Asian economies have replaced the old industrialised countries of the West as the engines of the world economy. These rapidly growing developing economies are also aiming for higher well-being. Without a new model of sustainable well-being, they are likely to follow the energy and raw material intensive industrialisation path of the West. Hence, the development of new, more sustainable solutions is an urgent global priority. Indeed, it is the moral responsibility of the West to take the lead in the development of such solutions. Despite cultural and contextual differences, innovative new solutions can spread around the world in various local adaptations and promote sustainable development.

The principles, or building blocks, for a sustainable, advanced society if implemented, each of the proposed principles would have a positive impact on multiple dimensions of sustainability. Their implementation will not be problematic, however. It will require a lot of courage, new approaches and capabilities, as well as fundamental systemic changes in the society.

Principles of Sustainable Well Being

  1. Renewing understanding of well-being
  2. Empowering individuals
  3. Realizing the potential of the elderly
  4. Developing coherent, sociable, and low-carbon living environments
  5. Building new career ecosystems
  6. Pursuing resource efficiency and non-material Growth
  7. Embracing social Network
  8. Investing in Innovation
  9. Improving economic competitiveness
  10. Learning more sustainable culture
  11. Strengthening resilience

In addition, the presentation analyses the changing role of individual in the transition towards sustainability. It concludes by arguing that we have specific cultural and institutional advantages in this transition.

Strategies for crafting career, which we recommend in our workshop:

  • You are the pilot of your career, only you know your ambitions, interests, and values, and no one will help you in fulfilling your career. The more you practice career crafting, the better you reach at it.
  • Develop a ritual reviewing your performance for a week on every weekend, identify the developments, identify the gaps, evaluate the options to fill the gaps and check if you are on a right path. Just 5-10 minutes of systematic effort weekly will soon yield and value add for building a sustainable career.
  • Link your accomplishments to your career goals. Review your career goals periodically on a regular basis. Maintain positive, productive relationships with people who can help you to access opportunities.
  • Pay close attention to developments in your industry and to the strategic direction of your goals. Understand your core competencies — that drive your competitiveness — and make sure that you contribute. Look for ways to get involved in growth areas.
  • Seek opportunities to work with people who are positive, innovative and having right road map for sustainable development. 

A sustainable career is built upon the ability to show that you can fill a need that someone is willing to pay for. This holds not only when you’re starting a business or looking for a new job; it’s also an important springboard for refining your current job and your career trajectory to make it more ideal.