Are We There Yet?!? Crossing the Threshold into Thresholds-Based Thinking and Action

Figure 1: Alex Steffen Twitter Thread on Predatory Delay
Figure 2: The Sustainability Quotient (Source: Mark McElroy, Social Footprints, 2008)

UNRISD Three-Tiered Typology of Sustainable Development Performance Indicators

Tier One: Incrementalist Numeration: Numerator indicators focus on actual impacts, including absolute indicator, as well as relative or intensity indicators that are non-normative, and therefore incrementalist by definition.

Tier Two: Contextualised Denomination: Denominator indicators contextualise actual impacts against normative impacts. Also known as “Context-Based” indicators take into account sustainability thresholds in ecological, social, and economic systems, as well as allocations of those thresholds to organizations and other entities.

Tier Three: Activating Transformation: Transformative indicators add the element of implementation and policy to normative denominator indicators to instantiate change within complex adaptive systems.

(From: UNRISD Three-Tiered Typology of Sustainable Development Performance Indicators (Baue, Compared to What? UNRISD, 2019))

Figure 3: Outside-In Impacts & Risks (Enterprise Value) v Inside-Out Impacts & Risks (System Value) (Adapted from Matthias Täger, ‘Double materiality’: what is it and why does it matter? London School of Economics, 2021)
Figure 4: r3.0 Transcending Incrementalism Campaign
Figure 5: Scalability Leverage Vectors

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