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account the interests of all social participants (participants in designing sustainable solutions that are not just the companies, but also institutions, local entities, voluntary associations and the final user). Another characteristic aspect of the contemporary systemic approach is the requirement to enlarge the research field and engage the solution in the framework of current technological, economical and social transformations. Because all that today has been learned on the subject of the networks about supportive infrastructures and organisational metaphors has rendered possible new operational methods. In particular, in the case of the systemic approach for design and production, it can be observed that networks allow us to move on from the notion of systems as great isolated buildings to be built from foundation to roof (as was seen during times of low connectivity) to a more sophisticated vision of systems as being part of larger and more flexible networks. In this new conceptual and operative framework, the topics of systemic eco-efficiency and of the management of complex solutions have to be attentively re-considered.

3.7 The Public Sector (and the Rules of the Game) The public operator, meant here to be a sum of all entities in a position to speak for society, has, at least in theory, the possibility to set the game rules. Therefore, it has a fundamental role to play in determining the timing and method of transition towards sustainable society in general and the sustainability of the production窶田onsumption system in particular. It is obvious that orientating the public and private choice towards sustainability is furthered or restrained by general political, regulatory and economic conditions. It is also self-evident that in principle the role of the public sector is to create more favourable conditions, to be more precise, to activate a virtuous circle amidst individual and private sector behaviour, so that competition among companies would shift more into the field that favours solutions leading towards sustainability. In short, the public sector has to facilitate and promote this great social process of learning we have spoken so much about. For a better understanding, let us take a quick step back before continuing with more general topics.

3.7.1 Facilitate the Social Process of Learning If transition towards sustainability could be seen as an adaptation-through-learning process, then what is necessary above all is to develop the ability of a social and productive system to understand the feedback given by the environment and

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