In a complex, knowledge-driven society, learning, education and training are key to sustainability. Sustainability initiatives need to explicitly make learning strategic in order to succeed in the face of growing challenges. No organization, no sector can do so alone.
Professionalization alone is not the answer. Education is failing to prepare humanity for disasters, climate change, globalization or conflicts. Existing partnerships do not address this gap. Attempting to do more of what has been done in the past is not the answer.
There are three main reasons why a profit-making enterprise has a shared interest in sustainability:
- To increase and maintain stability
- To resolve crises so that business can continue
- To improve the economy
This is what links profit and non-profit sectors. Learning is the unexplored conduit.
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