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It can be effectively obtained by reducing the overall demand for products and services, heightening the overall intelligence of the system, and decreasing its functional material and energy flows11.

1.4 Transition Scenarios What has been elaborated so far explains some of the aspects behind the ecological sustainability and the roadmaps that theoretically could reach sustainability. But no practical guidelines for actual realisation have been provided. Hence, we have to move from the merely technical arguments outlined so far, to propositions related to other dimensions of this problem – its social, cultural and economical aspects. As a first step in this complex field the following observation could be made: environmental sustainability is achievable without any traumatic phenomena only if such living conditions are foreseen and put into practice during the transition, and that the community perceives them as achievements compared with the actual living standards. In fact, this is the precondition to catalyse necessary energy for “voluntary” transition: nobody would ever choose to go in the direction of a destination considered worse than the starting point. Thus, the possibility of putting into action a painless course towards sustainability is based on the capacity to envision it as a new and attractive quality of life that would also be a sustainable quality of life. This intricate complex of problems gives the expression that no move towards sustainability is possible without keeping an eye on the social and cultural dimensions of this issue. This is only partly the case. For the same reasons, the socalled “soft transition” that we are using to outline a possible roadmap disallows any dramatic ruptures of economic systems. In other words, on the local and global levels, the overall socio-technological system has to change radically, searching for new economic assets that might guarantee it. Hence, no move towards sustainability is possible without keeping an eye on the economic dimension of this issue either. On the other hand, at least today in industrial societies, the view on living standards and their growth has been connected to an increase in availability of goods and because it also means further employment of natural resources, the real issue lies in breaking the connection among the expected living standard, available goods and consumable resources. Is it even possible to imagine such an event? In principle, yes. Breaking such a connection can be achieved if we employ a certain strategy that in turn consists of two complementary tactics: strategies of efficiency and sufficiency. 11

In particular, heightening the intelligence of the system means to have the information and communication technologies turned into the nerve system of social metabolism and thus allow it to blend more easily with industrial ecology.

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