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Information in this document is mainly about sustainable communities and sustainable development. The emphasis is on enterprise and economic development — click on the page header above for information about the two development processes working together.

Among sustainability concerns are non-renewables and environmental degradation which includes the distruction of renewable resources.

Various sources of information about the limits of development often refer to . . . a 1972 book about the computer modeling of exponential economic and population growth with finite resource supplies (source of quote). The book title: The Limits to Growth
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Beyond the Limits (of enterprise and economic development)

Beyond the Limits is a 1992 book continuing the modeling of the consequences of a rapidly growing global population that was started in Limits to Growth. Donella Meadows, Dennis Meadows, and Jørgen Randers are the authors . . . (source of quote). We (who we are) added the phrase in parantheses after the book title to zero in on the subject of sustainability as it relates to the mission of this share network you are using.
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definedefine sustainable community

. . . a place of vitality presently meeting the needs of those who reside there having all indications that thigs can remain status quo. Sustainability implies continuing for the duration at the current level of existance. It doesn't imply growth potential, that's a matter of concern for advocates and implementors of enterprise and economic development. See the definition of sustainable communities in the Economic Development Network website.
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definedefine sustainable development

. . . a form of progress reflected in change showing all indications that it can continue. At one time the United Nations World Commission on Environment and Development indicated that for development to be sustainable it should meet present needs in a place without compromising an ability to fulfill the needs of the future. The World Bank adds the following: Sustainable development is . . . a process of managing a portfolio of assets to preserve and enhance the opportunities people face (source of quote).

Development means change which on the one hand can appear to be spontaneous as stated in a definition of community development. On the other hand, the definition of sustainable development at the end of the above paragraph suggests managed change. Most enterprise development certainly requires management. Typically locations seeking enterprise and economic development also seek to manage their destiny in that regard. Sustainability throughout a continuous change process is certainly a reason for attempting its management.
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definedefine sans development

. . . to be without development.
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definedefine sans development

. . . to be without development

http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_is_the_definition_of_essential_needs :

I'd try the basics: Food, water and shelter, which would be essential for life. Can't get any more essential than that. Running water, heat, air-conditioning and transportation could be considered as luxuries. Of course, if I lived under those conditions, I'd be a cave man. Maybe that's what they mean when they say, `It's so easy, even a cave man can do it`, or should I just go ahead and have my existential meltdown now and get it over with?

http://www.un-documents.net/ocf-02.htm :

Our Common Future, Chapter 2: Towards Sustainable Development
From A/42/427. Our Common Future: Report of the World Commission on Environment and Development

The Concept of Sustainable Development
Equity and the Common Interest
Strategic Imperatives


Beyond Economic Growth Student Book:
the glossary document published at World Bank.org show the book's table of contents. Chapter 1 starts out with a question: What is development? The glossary has a definition of sustainable development. The .network glossary defines development as well as sustainable business development— under terms on this page.

The Concise Encyclopedia of Economics / Creative Destruction:
a article about the term and Joseph Schumpeter, the 20th century economist who coined it along with the expression economic development. The article begins by pointing out that creative destruction is a shorthand description of the free market’s messy way of delivering progress (source of quote).

A Model of Growth Through Creative Destruction:

a 1992 paper by Philippe Aghion and Peter Howitt published in Econometrica as a study of transitional dynamics. The paper is available from NBER (National Bureau of Economic Research), Cambridge, MA. Also, the paper with references, footnotes, and linked citations through the Washington University in St. Louis / Arts & Sciences. Additional papers about creative destruction, such as Aghion And Howitt’s Basic Schumpeterian Model Of Growth Through Creative Destruction, A Geometric Interpretation and Growth Constrained by Exhaustible Resources: A Creative Destruction Approach, are available through http://ideas.repec.org. See the Joseph Schumpeter article above and the definition of creative destruction under terms below.

Population Distribution, Urbanization,Internal Migration and Development:
An International Perspective:
publication of the United Nations which includes selected papers presented at a 2008 meeting as well as additional contributions prepared afterwards. The paper was found after using the Google/.network search engine to query the web for the the following phrase: enterprise development and environmental sustainability. You can search yourself by copying the italicized text as shown and using the search engine at end of this document. To directly access the UN document, CLICK HERE

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define creative destruction:

an economic theory of the dynamics of wealth accumulation under capitalism with projection of an ultimate implosion of the system. Joseph Schumpeter coined creative distruction as an expression with reference to Marxist economic theory, but without the polemic advocacy that was derived from The Communist Manifesto and subsequent ideologies. An article in The Concise Encyclopedia of Economics defines creative distruction as a shorthand description of the free market’s messy way of delivering progress (source of quote). Wikipedia has an article about creative distruction.

define environmental

of or pertaining to the aggregate of things, conditions, and influences in a balanced state surrounding a location at a given point in time; a word sometimes used as a heading for a category of economic development data, for example, provided in a location package. Page 2 of About Site Selection lists environmental among other items of location data. Scroll down this page for information about the affect economic development is thought to have on the environment. At anytime natural resources are expended or unfamiliar changes are observed in an environment the question of negative economic development impact is likely to be raised.

Environment in a word refers to surroundings; an area of material substance surrounding the location of one or more human beings or other living organism in which there are forces of change and conditions for development. Elements that make surroundings unique are referred to as environmental factors. Environmental is defined in the .network glossary. Business Dictionary.com offers a definition of environmental factors. Wikipedia defines natural environment.

define environmental impact:

that which happens and effects the environment. An environmental impact statement is a report or follow-up to an analysis which projects or speculates on what environmental changes may occur in an area as a result of adding to or taking away from its balanced state.

define growth and development:

The following is a quote from a video explanation of the difference between growth and development: Growth is quantitative increase of physical dimensions by assimilation or increasing of material. Difference Between.net explains growth vs development also. from: http://www.findmehere.com/search/dictionary/g/growth.htm

Strategy development in small and medium sized enterprises for sustainability and increased value creation by Samuel B. Moore and Susan L. Manring provided online at Science Direct.com

Environmental Sustainability Kit
provided online by the Environmental Defense Fund, New York, NY

Global Sustainability and the Creative Destruction of Industries
By Stuart L. Hart and Mark B. Milstein in MITSloan Management Review (October 1999)
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environmental impact:

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environmental protection:

... the act or acts of addressing issues and problems of environmental change. The US EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) which began addressing issues and problems of pollution affects on environments in 1970 offers a glossary and reference to abbreviations at its website. Just a few of the terms defined are air pollution, solid waste management, noise, wastewater, radiation, pesticide, brownfield, construction ban and smoke emissions. The environmental impact statement defined above is part of the process of permitting or enforcing EPA regulations.

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limits to economic development:

... consideration of limitations should perhaps begin with review of a book by Donella H. Meadows, The Limits to Growth, published in the1970s and events that followed: The book projected a grim future for an over populated, highly polluted, resource-depleted, world. It awakening a nascent environmental movement and became a bible for environmentalists. An article archived in the online library of the Context Institute is introduced with the following statement: ... The Limits to Growth reveals that we are closer to "overshoot and collapse"dashyet sustainability is still an achievable goal. The title to the article suggests the name of book, Beyond the Limits by Dennis Meadows, Dana Meadows and Jorgen Randers, which was a sequel to The Limits to Growth.

Beyond the Limits projected that a world population growth of 50%, industrial output increase of 85%, and disastrous depletion of nonrenewable resources will come about between the time of its publication and 2020. It also predicted pollution and erosion of farmland fertility to the extent that food production will begin to fall by 2015 and quality-of-life, industrial output, and population will decline by mid-century.

Dana Meadows (deceased) founded an ecological village and The Sustainability Institute. The issues covered by the books, article and mention of the founding of The Sustainability Institute suggest limits to economic growth to put it euphemistically. Focus on such limitations is, for the most part, relegated to a position overshadowed by the politics of developing economies and underdeveloped nations. Politics plays a big role in economic development.

Links for additional information:
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spacerThe Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems website / EOLSS?UNESCO
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spacera definition of sustainable community / attributes of the sustainable community
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spacerbasics of location sustainability in Site Location Assistance.com
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spacerAn Earth Day Tribute to Donella Meadows, Earth Missionary by Craig Freshley
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spacerInternational Network of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights website
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spacerKarl Marx views on expanding markets of a free enterprise system

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negative economic development impact:

... the compelling effect of economic development that occurs as opposite to what is desirable, for example, when an enterprise shuts down in a place and workers lose their jobsdashthe antithesis of the process as defined in terms of job creation. Many locations are the beneficiaries of site selection in terms of relocation but the negative economic development impact that occurs elsewhere are to be considered in the big picturedashsee the definition of business retention and the .network guide to economic development best practices for information about what communities should do to try to avoid the negative.
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social development:

... one of the processes of change that take place within the group inhabitants that makes up a community, especially as it relates to fulfillment of aspirations. The first change process occurs when there is an attempt to establish a community in a place. It is a time of survival and organization for sustainability. After that comes a time of growth, as in putting down roots.

Social development occurs after roots are established and it appears that sustainability is secure. Social evolution follows. These four change processes are not separate. Instead they tend to blend together as each of the other three are observed as occurring within any one distinctive stage. As a practical matter, some form of economy is likely to be created during the survival stage if it is not, in fact, an economic opportunity that brings about the establishment of the community itself. In any case, economic development is threaded throughout the survival, growth, development and evolution stages.

Wikipedia links: social development / social evolution / sociocultural evolution

The following is quoted from the Site Location Assistance website but actually originated with a resource paper published as a guide for communities seeking enterprise and economic development opportunities as well as users of .network resources.

Somewhere centuries ago a community decided to celebrate, and a festival was born. Vendors sensed that people would gather and be in a mood to buy their wares. Townsfolk realized that visitors from afar would need places to rest. Someone knew enough to organize the event and, if that person was a visionary, he knew that revelers would pay to watch the sun go down, that is if accompanying food and music were provided.

Visitors beat new paths to the community. Paths turned into roads. Vendors decided that the festival was sustainable, so they stayed on, calling the place where they gathered to do business the market. The community now had a commercial center. Dwellings that offered hospitality became inns and eating-places. The sun was reliable in its setting. This was the place where (a sustainable community was established).

When the community comes to the stage of social evolution its inhabitants need to be alert to changes that may ultimately threaten sustainability. Evolution means that groups may become separated by differences which can tear the fabric of community; therefore, nonpartisan leaders need work a finding consensus based on aspirations for the common good.

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sustainable business development:

... in this case business development has the same definition as enterprise development. Sustainable enterprise development incorporates all that exists in an economy or community that facilitates a continuation of the growth of existing businesses and entrepreneurial efforts to startup new ventures with a reasonable expectation of success. Also, there are comments and links to resources in a file of the Free Management Library titled, Sustainable Business Development. The file draws a definition of sustainable development from The World Commission on Environment and Development (the Brundtland Commission) report, Our Common Future, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

growth:

... a economic development basic driven by the tenet that an area must continuously increase in some measurable form. For example, opportunities are sought for bringing about development of size, expansion, value, extension, strength, or local impact of within an economy.

Growth is fundamentally a change process that moves something, such an an economy, toward its highest level of potential. The growth of revenue and profitability are primary factors guiding business decision makers. Creating wealth and jobs (jobs creation) in the places they represent are growth pressures on most area and local development representatives. Likewise, growth of locations where politicians answer to constituencies is something that keeps their attention least they end up turned out of office. Nothing motivates elected officials to be seen doing something more than when the economic development they take credit lacks the obvious growth factor.

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Among concerns surrounding the .network mission are depletion of non-renewables and environmental degradation that destroys renewable resources. Such concerns often come down to a question of community sustainability. As information below first being organized the library zeroed in on publication of The Limits to Growth as an event on a time-line covering use of the earth with little or no concern for sustainability.

What is the definition of essential needs - Wiki Answers

Essential Needs. I'd try the basics: Food, water and shelter, which would be essential for life. Can't get any more essential than that. Running water, heat...

wiki.answers.com/Q/What_is_the_definition_of_essential_needs

 
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