The Sustainability Analysis Framework: An Effective Knowledge Communication Tool in a Whole of Government Context
This paper focuses on the structural formation of the Sustainability Analysis Framework (SAF), which has proved to be an effective knowledge communication tool in the largest state administration in Australia, the Government of New South Wales. The SAF, devised by the author, has been implemented across thirty-eight state agencies and demonstrates that a whole of
government Sustainability perspective is achievable.
The level of the NSW Government’s commitment to
this process is evidenced by the fact that it was
coordinated at the highest levels of the administration and engaged high-level input from a comprehensive portfolio of its agencies. The SAF’s successful deployment across this significant bureaucracy shows that the generally applicable mechanism is effective in data collation, information sharing, knowledge organisation and the communication of Sustainability practice and wisdom.
At the heart of the paper is the author’s contention that one of the key problems which jeopardises our common future on Earth is the lack of effective tools to communicate Sustainability thinking and practice. In the course of the project, upon which this paper is based, the author identified the need for a visually and conceptually accessible mechanism to accelerate the uptake of Sustainability practice in a whole of organization context. In designing the SAF, which has successfully bridged this knowledge communication gap, the author employed two of humanity’s fundamental learning tools – the diagram and the story.