Abstract The concepts of transition and transition management offer a fruitful context for cooperation and debate among scientists, policy makers, and corporate actors. Transition management and transition approach in general provide an integrative approach to analyze and formulate an unconventional pathway towards sustainability. Transitions’ approach is not to achieve fixed goals, but to gradually work towards common ambitions through innovation, integration, and co-evolution. A transition to sustainability is an open-ended societal process of fundamental change in structure, culture and practices that comply with the sustainability values. In this paper we address not only what is a transitions’ approach, but also what transition management can offer to policy makers who position sustainability at the core of the development. Process-oriented tenets of transition management as well as propositions in face of global and local challenges to sustainability are analyzed.

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Note IHDP Open Meeting. 7th International Science Conference on the Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change 26-30 April 2009, World Conference Center Bonn, UN Campus, Bonn, Germany
Loorbach, D.A., Frantzeskaki, N., & Meadowcroft, J.. (2009). Discovering sustainability: A transition approach towards sustainable development. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/1765/34895