Before looking at the roots of SEED-SCALE, it helps to see how we shall describe the fruits that can come from its growing. The fruits that can be grown encompass the goals that every country in the world has agreed to: the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Every country in the world has agreed not only to the goals, also to its 169 targets, and its 232 indicators.
So, while scholars love to debate—and many still debate, calling these “no goal left behind” or “I’ve got questions about #XYZ.” SEED-SCALE buys in. Global discourse has come a very long way. We know where we’re going. SEED-SCALE presents current state scholarship for a system of thought how to achieve the SDGs.
The pivotal start being 1972 with Agenda 21 with the Stockholm Conference, a first articulation of the idea of sustainable development for a sustainable planetary future. Inclusion of the idea that sustainable development was possible for all people was first globally agreed to at the 1978 World Conference on Primary Care at Alma Ata where Carl E. Taylor (one of synthesizers of SEED-SCALE) inserted as the conference purpose the proposition of Health for All. International conferences and studies followed through the 1980s and 90s, culminating in 2000 with the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to be achieved by 2015. Progress was made, but in their pursuit specific areas of next focus were identified. These became the 17 Sustainable Development Goals—to be reached by the year 2030.
How to reach this transformation of the human and planetary condition? Climate change, an everything disrupting pandemic, financial systems meltdown, spontaneous mass migrations, deep psychological confusion bring into question the positive future. SEED-SCALE seeks to introduce an outside-in of ideas making the bottom-up energies of community more effectively utilize the top-down enabling structures that may exist, drawing on well-tested ideas evolved across more than century.