Sustainable Economic Development

Alternative Government Approaches to Social, Economic and Environmental Challenges

As developing nations progress, it is important that their leaders take lessons from around the world. Blindly following the US-style westernization can be a recipe for problems.


In this workshop, we will examine alternative paths nations have taken toward development and explore which practices are more sustainable, yielding multiple benefits socially, economically and environmentally. We will customize the offering based on the pressing needs of the participants. Focus areas may include industrialization, urbanization, water, poverty, human health, natural resource depletion, and social capital. This course will help you foresee the long-term implications of the path you are now on and expose you to alternative paths, should you need to change course.

Course Format

After an overview of sustainability concepts and frameworks as well as the role government plays in ensuring a sustainable long-term future, we will focus on issues that are of prime concern to the participants. These may include:

  • industrialization
  • urbanization
  • water
  • poverty
  • human health
  • energy and climate change
  • natural resource depletion
  • social capital

For the focus areas selected, we will offer two or more common paths. The participants will forecast what they think would be the likely consequences or impacts of those choices. Then the participants will be provided real-world examples from around the world, both good and bad. We will expose the participants to best practices. Then the participants will explore the implications of this new knowledge on their own national strategies so they can determine how to adjust their plans to make their nation more sustainable.