these times of accelerating change and increasing competition,
sustainability strategies are being sought by both the private
and public sector. We believe this is occurring, in part,
because of a wider recognition that change is constant, that
major changes are occurring in the world, and that the ability
to predict the future, based on traditional approaches, no
longer works. Strategies for achieving sustainability represent
a new approach. They are dynamic, adaptive, holistic and
durable. And they are founded upon the science
of sustainability which focuses on
explicitly recognizes the interconnections and relationships
economy, society and the environment.
These are often seen as three forms of capital – economic,
social and natural. In applying a systems
approach to developing
strategies, the emphasis of the work of Five E's
is on the ecological limits imposed on economy and society.
of sustainability speaks to the need for consideration
of all forms of capital in community decision making, but
places prime importance on the services of natural capital,
environmental resources that are essential to all life
on this planet.
work with communities
is also a belief in the need for “permanent
idea formulated originally for organizations but, in our
opinion, also relevant to communities
in which the need for creative adaptation is recognized.
It is a
mindset that provides an incubator for creative, sustainable
solutions and which sees innovation as needing to be occurring
continuously, as a matter of strategy, method, and habit.
Innovation is a core value, is practiced as a core methodology,
and produces improvement as a consistent output. It is
really change in response to change or, by definition,
We can put you
on this track through our systems approach to problems
and to strategy development.
We recognize problems
as situations calling for systems redesign rather than
things that need to be “solved.” We further
recognize that in order for strategies or plans to make
a lasting and significant contribution, they must be initiated,
driven and completed by the community.
The skills we offer
will be needed to deal with major changes which are
at a global level and at a rapid pace.
To a large extent, we in the western world are buffered,
through technology and relative prosperity, from hunger,
poverty and other grim realities that much of the world
is experiencing. We might expect however, that certain
changes are going to be occurring abruptly and will be
all-encompassing. The three trends of global climate change,
peak oil, and natural resource depletion are too big to
ignore. When sudden major changes occur, everything from
family patterns and scientific frameworks to political
systems and spiritual beliefs change in kind. How do we
best deal with this?
What really guides
our work is the desire to have the process be enriching
and fun and that
there be an understanding
that sustainability is not about managing nature or people – only
that we can influence community leadership and stewardship
in a positive movement toward sustainability. This view,
coupled with our system’s approach toward achieving
sustainability, has demonstrated that Sustainability is
much more than being “Green” or simply environmentally
Five E's Unlimited can help you recognize the many connected issues
in our world and how the kinds of choices we
make based upon this awareness affect
the consequences of
our actions (the 3 Cs). We will help you better understand
the complexity, confusion,
and perceived contradictions of many regarding
the topic of sustainable development. Check
out the rest of this site and explore
the many ways Five E's can help you! With over 30 years
of experience in sustainable development and environmental
science, we assist clients to fully integrate
their self-defined community and business goals into
our work with you, your path ahead will be clear, concise,
and action-oriented. Check out what others
say about our work.