SiD uses systems thinking and analysis of society, layered in the physical world, the networked world, and its dynamic systems. This allows for long term perspective, and fundamental understanding.
SiD’s framework is fully integrated, making sure projects take into account all aspects that relate to sustainability, from energy, materials, ecosystems and biodiversity to culture, economy, health and happiness.
From idea to action plan
SiD supports the entire life cycle of a project, from its inception and team building to idea development in co-creation, concept building and the implementation of action plans.
Flexible and extensible
SiD’s modular setup allows for the inclusion of custom tools and methods. Have a great skill or tool to help understanding, development or design? Just plug it into the process.
SiD is designed to be used by multi disciplinary teams as well as individuals. In either case, SiD stimulates users to think about a full-spectrum perspective across all layers of society.
SiD integrates stakeholder involvement to ensure understanding, adoption, and continuity of complex projects.
Our world is becoming increasingly complex. The impact of a growing world population on a finite planet is multiplied by the need for better living standards for all. It demands that we look at the long term of how we build our cities, make our food and products, organize our society, and define value. This creates challenges humanity has never faced before. To meet these challenges we need to understand the world we live in better, formulate the most effective improvement strategies for the long term, and execute them in the short term. We need an approach that works from idea to execution, and that takes into account all aspects of the sustainability challenge. This is what SiD was made to do.
In 1999 SiD’s initiator and main developer, Tom Bosschaert, set out to find solutions for the systemic issues facing our society. To enable this, he founded the sustainable research and development organization Except Integrated Sustainability. After evaluating and applying existing methods and finding them wanting, he saw a need for a more integrated and comprehensive approach. In 2001, he started work on the body of work that is called Symbiosis in Development today.
SiD in use
Since then, the SiD framework has improved and expanded with hundreds of experts contributing. SiD has been applied to over 500 projects since 2003 by Except Integrated Sustainability. It has been used and implemented at national an local governments in the Netherlands such as the province of Flevoland, at multinational companies such as IKEA and AHOLD, and is used by hundreds of individual sustainability professionals.
Since 2014 SiD is supported by the Except foundation for systemic sustainable development.
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