We believe that learning is a key dimension of the human condition and that it is essential for the harmonious growth of individuals and humanity at large. We also believe that the harmonious growth of the society of human beings, in constructive interaction with the rest of the universe, is of essential importance within a vision that recognizes the ecological integration of humans and humanity in the broader context.
That belief is furthermore based on the assumption that the capacity of humans to reflect upon themselves and on their relations with their environment, dispositions them uniquely to play a critical role in how the world evolves. We see ahead of us incredible potential, the wise use of which can benefit all of humanity and the habitat on which it thrives and to which it contributes, as well as the possibility of total decline and eventual self-destruction. We see learning as having everything to do with the human ability to live on the edge and thus to keep local and global systems in dynamic equilibrium, providing them with the best abilities for co-evolutionary growth.
Within the framework of the above vision, the prime goals of Sustainable Development Management Institute are :
to promote learning in the broadest sense possible, ranging from individual learning to organizational learning at different levels of complex organization
to foster the development of the conditions in society that promote and facilitate learning in the above sense
to care for the organic integration of the learning environment at large, ensuring its ecological soundness.
In pursuing the above goals, Sustainable Development Management Institute will engage in activities that are directly linked to these goals. It may also undertake activities that are only indirectly connected to them.
Sustainable Development Management Institute sees it as its responsibility to continually develop its internal consciousness about how its strategies and actions relate to its vision, mission and goals. In addition, it undertakes to clarify this position in transparent ways to its partners, clientele and sponsors and seeks to involve them in this process. It is conscious of the desirability to always be as constructively critical of its own vision and the ways it tries to implement it as of the thoughts and actions of others. It therefore adheres decidedly to the idea that the best way for it to play its role is by applying to itself the principles it also advocates to others : those of organizational learning.
The above position has implications for how Sustainable Development Management Institute cares for itself and its resources. Such care, as expressed in sound administration and management of resources (financial and otherwise), will never be an end in itself. Institutional sustainability and growth are seen as part and parcel of the larger problematic of Sustainable Development Management Institute considers itself part of. Within that context, it will be conscious of both itself and its environment and seek to develop them together in a balanced manner. In other words, while money will have to be charged for services provided, this will be done within the spirit of the goals of the organization. Modalities will be sought that take into account the nature of established partnerships and reasonable expectations as to what each can and should contribute and how parties should work together to generate, share and manage the resources required to attend to their shared interests Sustainable Development Management Institute is, in this context, particularly concerned with the unequal distribution of resources and opportunities in the world. In working with partners in different circumstances, Sustainable Development Management Institute will seek to act in a balancing manner while providing services and being compensated for them.