Governance…a topic traditionally reserved for governmental and institutional policy-makers is now within reach of private practitioners. And it is also a fair statement to say that our global SDGs can not be achieved until the private practitioners; those that work the land and oceans for the livelihoods, take a hands-on approach to governance.
Governance does not have to be imagined as a vague and confusing topic, but it can be understood as a tangible aspect of society consisting of actors, styles and frameworks as described as the science of collaborative governance.
Yes, governance is often a structure imposed on the masses as recognized by United Nations Goal #16 http://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/peace-justice/ , but it is as much as an emergent quality of complex social systems.
As an emergent quality, governance is an intimate aspect of Goals #1-15 and a shared governance model aptly describes the intentions of Goal #17.
A renewed perspective on the science of collaborative governance can initiate a new interest in governance from the practitioners perspective. We are now an interconnected world. One where organizational boundaries are becoming more porous and social boundaries less clear. Solutions emerge from networks of actors on a on-going basis. We and SDGs need a shared governance model that is robust enough to describe and define this dynamic activity.
We must be able to clearly define governance of sustainability supply chains, governmental programs and NGO efforts. We must put sustainability governance within reach of the practitioners.
Tim Gieseke has decades of experience in agriculture landscape sustainability as a public policy-maker, private policy-maker, public practitioner and private practitioner. He envisioned the governance compass several years ago while applying a shared governance approach to account for and value ecosystem services from agriculture lands.
His book, Shared Governance for Sustainable Working Landscapes, (Taylor and Francis/CRC Press) was released in August 2016. It introduces the world’s first method to describe an unlimited number of governance frameworks of socially complex systems using the two variables of actors and styles. With this governance compass, he analyzes the governance actors, styles and frameworks of eleven agriculture sustainability case studies from the corporate, government, utility, and NGO sectors