The “ABCD” tool is an implementation of the Framework for Strategic Sustainable Development.

  • A(1): Awareness of the system
  • A(2): Visioning
  • B: Baseline assessment
  • C: Brainstorming of possible actions
  • D: Prioritization of actions

Implicit in this planning process is the idea of “backcasting,” i.e. imagining an envisioned future in a way that disconnects with current trends.

The prioritization step includes three guiding questions:

  1. Does the action move in the right direction, i.e. towards sustainability
  2. Is the action a flexible platform, i.e is it NOT a “blind alley”?
  3. Does it offer a return on investment, i.e. will it provide resources for us to continue after we have implemented this action?


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