There is a broad understanding that intergenerational equity is a necessary, if not sufficient, condition for sustainability. Likewise, there is a growing consensus that sustainability science requires stakeholder engagement to be successful. These two ideas demand some meaningful way of engaging the future as a stakeholder if sustainability is to be operationalized. Rawls' theory of justice provides a model for how this might be accomplished, yet there are both conceptual and practical problems with a Rawlsian approach. We propose using retrospective assessment as a means of learning how to approach future stakeholder engagement in sustainability.
Anderson, M.W., Teisl, M.F., & Noblet, C. L. 2012. Giving Voice to the Future in Sustainability: Retrospective Assessment to Learn Prospective Stakeholder Engagement. Ecological Economics 84, 1-6.
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