Pragmatism, Morphogenesis and the Possibility of Sustainability


  • Mike Tennant Imperial College London


sustainability, pragmatism, morphogenesis


Population growth and demographic shifts are placing an increasing burden on the planet. By 2050 it is projected that humanity will require almost three planets to live in if we continue to consume as we currently do.

Changing the way we live in the world will require that we transform our current structural and cultural systems. The democratic and creative generation of good solutions is the beginning of this process, but effective transformation requires that these be successfully integrated and new, enduring systems emerge.

This poster outlines some exploratory work  that attempts to make sense of the contributions that Dewey’s pragmatism and Archer’s morphogenesis can contribute to systemic transformation.



How to Cite

Tennant, M. (2014). Pragmatism, Morphogenesis and the Possibility of Sustainability. Proceedings of the 57th Annual Meeting of the ISSS - 2013 HaiPhong, Vietnam, 1(1). Retrieved from



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