5.3.1 Build transition on initiatives within society

It is important to recognise that a large number of initiatives are already being undertaken to realise more sustainable development, worldwide. Precisely these initiatives could prove to be the seeds of possible transitions.

Public policies need to better capitalise on the numerous civil society, consumer and business initiatives regarding sustainable development, which have been created thanks to or in spite of government policies. By approaching sustainability issues from a societal perspective, governments may gain effectiveness and legitimacy if they view society as a producer and allow scope for further cooperation between public organisations, businesses and citizens. Sustainable development considerations would need to be accounted for in public and private decision-making, and to channel the energy in businesses and civil society into the right direction.