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  Paul Hawken - Taking The Natural Step
The Natural Step is an affiliate of the Swedish organization of the same name (Det Naturaliga Steget) founded by research oncologist Dr. Karl-Henrik Robèrt in 1989 (see IN CONTEXT #28).
The Natural Step teachings are a series of sequenced scientific principles that provide a remarkable and comprehensive basis for understanding the requisites for life on Earth and, in particular, how individuals, organizations, and companies can act so that those requisites are maintained and enhanced.
The "pedagogy" of The Natural Step in Sweden was attained by engaging a wide spectrum of scientists of varying scientific disciplines to work together to create a description of the living systems that drive our economy and culture.
www.context.org /ICLIB/IC41/Hawken2.htm   (1877 words)

 Companies taking The Natural Step
Nature must not be systematically subjected to increasing concentrations of substances extracted from the earth’s crust (for example, burning fossil fuels or mining metals at a rate that will cause them to systematically increase in the ecosphere).
Nature must not be systematically subjected to increasing concentrations of substances produced by society (for example, substances such as DDT, PCBs or freon that persist in the environment and cause health and other problems).
Nature must not be systematically subjected to physical displacement, overharvesting and other forms of ecosystem manipulation (taking more than can be replenished by natural systems, which damages natural functions of the planet such as the recycling of nutrients, pollination and climate control).
oregonfuture.oregonstate.edu /part3/pf3_01.html   (995 words)

 The Natural Step - Welcome to The Natural Step New Zealand
Using the internationally endorsed and tested Natural Step framework, which is based on sound science, systems thinking and practical business decision-making, we help companies, non-profit organisations, individuals and communities lead the transition to an ecologically, socially and economically sustainable future.
The Natural Step Foundation is funded by charitable foundation grants and individual donations, as well as by fees generated by our advisory work.
The Natural Step has been working to protect the planet and improve the lives of people since 1988, and there is still more to be done.
www.tns.org.nz   (322 words)

 The Natural Step -- Facts, Info, and Encyclopedia article   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
The Natural Step is a systematic definition of (The property of being sustainable) sustainability developed by (A Scandinavian language that is the official language of Sweden and one of two official languages of Finland) Swedish scientist, (additional info and facts about Karl-Henrik Robèrt) Karl-Henrik Robèrt.
Following publication of the (additional info and facts about Brundtland Report) Brundtland Report in 1987, Robèrt developed The Natural Step, setting out the system conditions for the sustainability of planet (The 3rd planet from the sun; the planet on which we live) Earth.
On version twenty-two Robèrt had (Agreement in the judgment or opinion reached by a group as a whole) consensus on what was to become The Natural Step.
www.absoluteastronomy.com /encyclopedia/t/th/the_natural_step.htm   (976 words)

 Karl-Henrik Robèrt - Educating A Nation: The Natural Step
The Natural Step is a network of experts from various fields who are attempting to find out how much can be accomplished by using scientific consensus as the basis for decision-making in human society.
Central to that effort are consensus reports of The Natural Step on the current condition of the environment's "trunk and branches", and on the strategies needed to reverse their deterioration.
The Natural Step has now been taken in both countries, and we in Sweden are even so fortunate as to have received the King's blessing and support.
www.context.org /ICLIB/IC28/Robert.htm   (3878 words)

 What Is Living Gently?
Humanity appears to be taking those next steps without any idea of the destination, and if government and industry have a long-range plan, they most often have tied it to pure economic considerations, the bottom line, without regard for long-term social or environmental concerns.
The Natural Step is the culmination of work by Dr Karl-Henrik Robèrt, one of Sweden's leading cancer researchers and former head of the nation's top cancer institute.
Natural resources are wasted in linear processes, and molecular garbage is exported across international boundaries.
www.islandnet.com /~see/living/articles/natstep.htm   (4263 words)

 The Natural Step Framework
Since meeting human needs depends on natural processes, sustainability also means maintaining life-supporting ecological processes, such as capturing energy from the sun by photosynthesis and purification of air and water.
The Natural Step framework, based on four system conditions derived from the laws of thermodynamics and natural cycles, is a household word in Sweden today, and has been transforming the way individuals, schools, communities and businesses think about the natural world and sustainability.
First, The Natural Step is an international network of non-profit education organizations working to accelerate the movement of society toward a more ecologically, socially and financially sustainable future.
www.whistleritsournature.ca /whatis/whatis.html   (1214 words)

 Chapter 4.5:  The Natural Step
The Natural Step was created by Karl-Henrik Robert, a pediatric oncologist who became concerned about the rising rate of cancer in children.
Paul Hawken, who became Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Natural step, argued that scientists were arguing about the withering leaves instead of focusing on a fact they could all agree on: the tree was dying (Hawken, 1995).
The Natural Step (TNS), like McDonough's protocols, is based on an analogy to nature, in which the sun's energy fuels a local reversal of entropy, allowing evolution of complex, highly-organized forms, including human beings and the technologies we create.
repo-nt.tcc.virginia.edu /book/chap4/chapter4sec5.htm   (2651 words)

 The Natural Step : Learn : Four Simple Principles of Sustainability   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
They are rooted in an understanding that contemporary life is fundamentally supported by natural processes, such as the capturing of energy from the sun by photosynthetic organisms and the purification of air and water.
From this assessment, The Natural Step’s sustainability principles, also known as "conditions" that must be met in order to have a sustainable society, are as follows:
This means substituting certain minerals that are scarce in nature with others that are more abundant, using all mined materials efficiently, and systematically reducing dependence on fossil fuels.
www.naturalstep.org /learn/principles.php   (600 words)

 The Natural Step
Science lies at the heart of The Natural Step and using the scientific consensus approach developed in Sweden the scientific community in the UK will be engaged and challenged focusing on the TNS Systems Conditions.
In the USA The Natural Step initiative is led by Paul Hawken, author of The Ecology of Commerce.
The core concepts of The Natural Step include the systems thinking, the natural cycle, the system conditions for sustainability, and the process of creating a vision of sustainability and ‘backcasting’ from that the present to build an incremental plan for attaining sustainability.
www.biothinking.com /applysd/natural.htm   (1402 words)

 The Natural Step   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
This year's theme was The Natural Step -A Framework for Sustainable Communities in the Georgian Triangle.
The Natural Step Canada staff and board members have been invited to present The Natural Step at numerous community and professional events.
The Natural Step's first Annual Report (2003) (pdf) is now up on our website.
www.gov.canmore.ab.ca /html/Breaking_News/Natural_Step.html   (627 words)

 natural step: the science of sustainability --interview with Karl-Henrik Robert
On an intuitive level, everyone knows that the natural environment is also the habitat for our economy, and if it goes down the drain, so does the economy.
This statement describes how badly we are performing with respect to the natural systems around us and how dangerous the situation is. It makes the point that debating about policy is not bad in itself — but it is bad when the debate is based on misunderstandings and poor knowledge.
The strategy for business is to select as the first steps toward sustainability those that fulfill two criteria: they must be flexible to build on in the future, and they must provide a return on investments relatively soon; like, for instance, an attractive car that can run on renewable energy as well as gasoline.
www.futurenet.org /7Peacebuilding/robert.htm   (2729 words)

 The Natural Step : Learn : Understanding Sustainability   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
The Natural Step takes an upstream approach to sustainability and addresses problems at the source.
At The Natural Step we believe that through innovation, creativity and the unlimited potential for change we can catalyze the shift toward sustainability and begin to open up the walls of the funnel.
The Natural Step's definition of sustainability includes four scientific principles that lead to a sustainable society.
www.naturalstep.org /learn/understand_sust.php   (287 words)

 The Natural Step - Support The Natural Step
The Natural Step has been working to protect the planet and improve the lives of people since 1988, and there is still so much to be done.
Including The Natural Step in your planned giving is a valuable way to ensure the long-term sustainability of our work.
When a memorial or tribute donation is made, The Natural Step sends a handwritten note to the individual being honoured, or to the person who should be notified of that gift.
www.naturalstep.org.nz /support.asp   (666 words)

 The Natural Step programme | Business tools | Strategies & tools | BSDglobal
The Natural Step model is a simple, scientifically based approach to sustainable development that encourages environmental systems thinking within corporations, governments and academic institutions.
A shift from linear to cyclic processes is at thh heart of the Natural Step theory.
This means that the productive surfaces of nature must not be diminished in quality or quantity, and that we must not harvest more from nature than can be recreated.
www.bsdglobal.com /tools/systems_nat_step.asp   (733 words)

 Amazon.com: The Natural Step Story : Seeding a Quiet Revolution (Conscientious Commerce): Books: Karl-Henrik Robert   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
Having initiated The Natural Step movement in 1989, he was awarded the Green Cross Award for International leadership in 1999, and the Blue Planet Prize (the ‘environment Nobel') in 2000.
The founder of The Natural Step has written what is partly a history of its foundation and growth, partly an explanation of the principles by which it operates and partly a guide to the future of the move towards sustainable operation.
The Natural Step is an international movement which provides education and support for commercial and government organizations seeking to move to sustainability.
www.amazon.com /exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0865714533?v=glance   (1473 words)

 The Natural Step
The Natural Step is a minimum standard for sustainable development and has four conditions that should be met:-
In order for a society to be sustainable, nature's functions and diversity are not systematically subject to increasing concentrations of substances extracted from the earth's crust.
Biodiversity, which includes the great variety of animals and plants found in nature, provides the foundation for ecosystem services which are necessary to sustain life on this planet.
www.renewableway.co.uk /sustain/tns.html   (948 words)

 SSC: Key Concepts
Developed by Swedish oncologist Dr. Karl Henrik Robert in 1989, The Natural Step (TNS), is often referred to the compass for sustainability helping to indicate the direction for sustainable action.
A number of businesses are in the process of redefining their activities within the TNS Framework and serve as models of how movement towards a more sustainable world may occur.
Substances from the earth's crust--fossil fuels and mined minerals--must not systematically increase in nature.
www.sustainablesonoma.org /keyconcepts/naturalstep.html   (961 words)

 The Natural Step   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
The Natural Step (TNS) was founded in Sweden in 1989 by Dr. Karl-Henrik Robèrt, an oncologist who noticed a significant increase in childhood leukemia cases and witnessed first hand the connection between human illness and toxins.
Together the ideas behind the consensus document and the four system conditions are the foundation of The Natural Step framework.
Gaining momentum and the recognition of the King of Sweden, The Natural Step received support from business and political leaders, many of whom subsequently participated in workshops designed to teach the Natural Step Framework.
au.naturalstep.org /about/abothisty.html   (493 words)

 NSP - Book Info Page
The Natural Step for Business examines how four very successful "evolutionary" corporations in Sweden and the United States - including IKEA and Scandic Hotels in Sweden, and Collins Pine and Interface in the U.S. - are positioning themselves for long-term competitiveness using The Natural Step as a central part of their corporate strategy.
Nattrass and Altomare puncture the myth that a company must choose between profitability and care for the natural environment, and present a timely and practical application of this exciting model for global sustainability.
Karl Henrik Robèrt is the Swedish founder of The Natural Step; author Paul Hawken heads the U.S. Natural Step organization.
www.newsociety.com /bookid/3656   (175 words)

 Features Item : The Natural Step and Building Construction   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
Jeanne Roy started the Oregon Natural Step Network in 1997, which is now incorporated as its own non-profit and is the largest TNS member group in the US.
The ideas provided by the CI Group's research can be used as the first step in determining the sustainable energy budget for any building and will provide valuable data from all regions of the state.
Author's note: The complete white paper, "Using The Natural Step as a Framework Toward the Construction and Operation of Fully Sustainable Buildings, Part One" is available at the website of the Oregon Natural Step Network: www.ortns.org/docs/TNS%20Construction%20Paper-draft%209.pdf.
www.edcmag.com /CDA/ArticleInformation/features/BNP__Features__Item/0,4120,77286,00.html   (1839 words)

 Skipping Stones : T.N.S. - a Step in the right direction.(The Natural Step was founded by Dr. Robert to study ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
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The Natural Step (TNS) founded by Dr. Robert of Sweden offers our generation and future generations a compass for sustainability and regeneration for our planet earth.
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 The Natural Step
Karl-Henrik Robert, a cancer doctor in Sweden, started the process of dialogue from which The Natural Step emerged, aiming to improve the quality of debate by determining the core principles of sustainability.
The Natural Step has been used in Sweden as a tool for education and strategic planning with over sixty corporations, including Electrolux, Ikea, OK Petroleum, and McDonald's Sweden, over fifty municipalities and with seventeen professional networks.
In the USA, The Natural Step has been adopted as a strategic framework by companies as diverse as Bornt Family Farms, Nike and Collins Pine, and has been used in other sectors, such as in designing the new University of Texas-Houston Health Science Center.
www.holocene.net /tnsarticle.htm   (1156 words)

 Hartford Advocate: Green Power - Walking with the Natural Step   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
"What [The Natural Step] allows you to do in a city like Hartford is to get city planners and politicians all speaking the same language," Gray says.
If used as an environmental umbrella, The Natural Step guidelines are applicable to all levels of government, from snow plowing to budgeting to housing.
While no American city has officially adopted The Natural Step as a policy, and indeed, we located only a handful that had some semblance of an environmental policy, Swedish cities have incorporated The Natural Step into daily functioning.
old.hartfordadvocate.com /articles/gpower1.html   (2826 words)

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