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How can we measure sustainability? We do that by mapping feedback loops. Living systems sustain themselves by constant learning through interacting with environment. This is called ‘cognition’. Organisations are social systems of communication and therefore need to communicate constantly with their environment, people, society and nature. A perpetual exchange of information through the organisation’ cognitive abilities is essential to enable adjustment and adaptability of the system to survive and evolve. In other words; an organisation can steer or navigate itself by using and allowing all information. This manoeuvring capability is called ‘cybernetics’.

Measurement

Remember the Titanic? She sank because the captain ignored information (negative feedback) about icebergs and only accepted positive feedback (thinking the ship was unsinkable).

TitanicPath Dependency
In fact, we measure ‘Path Dependency,’ which can be defined as: The tendency of a past or traditional practice or preference to continue even if better alternatives are available. Understanding that dynamic adaptability is the very basis for sustainability and continuity, path dependency directly conflicts with our Realimiteit Principle. The most important example of harmful Path Dependency is our current financial system. This linear system called financialisation is sustained, not by adjustment or adaptability, but by creating more and more credit through quantitative easing. Because banks create credit without needing to have the money, the system is based on positive feedback only, rendering it highly instable, and inevitably leading towards entropy and chaos (the financial crisis of 2008). We predict that future financial crises are unavoidable.
   
         
             
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