Leadership and Sustainability in the Emerging Chaos: Understanding the Linkages among Technology, Economics and Societal Values

By Otto J. Loewer.

Published by The International Journal of Science in Society

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This paper targets those with an interest in sustainability (a) who wish to communicate more effectively and knowledgably about how change is being driven and (b) to alert them as to why there are indications of an emerging chaos.

For there to be sustainable prosperity and wellbeing, there must be enlightened leaders who are able to communicate effectively with dissimilar audiences about the foreseeable future. With this in mind, the goal of this paper is:

To present a conceptual model that provides an understanding of the nature of macro-level change using intuitive concepts and a vocabulary that promotes effective communication among those with different backgrounds, experiences and expertise.

The name of this new conceptual model is Latesvology (pronounced “lots-vol-ogy”). Latesvology is an acronym of sorts for the study of (“ology”) the Linkages Among Technology, Economics and Societal Values.

Latesvology forms the basis of a 3-hr graduate course and numerous state, national and international workshops, one of which was the 2010 Science in Society Conference in Madrid, Spain. This paper presents only that portion of the Spain workshop that focused on the description of Latesvology.

Keywords: Sustainability, Sustainable Prosperity, Wellbeing, Leadership, Society, Communication, Effective Communication, Linkages, Premises, Technology, Economics, Societal Values, Values, Modeling, Conceptual Framework, Feedback Loops, Chaos, Latesvology

The International Journal of Science in Society, Volume 2, Issue 3, pp.111-134. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.192MB).

Dr. Otto J. Loewer

Professor, Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA

Loewer’s area of expertise is systems analysis and simulation of agricultural, economic, engineering and biological systems where his work is known internationally. He’s authored over 300 publications of various types including a major textbook. His degrees are in agricultural engineering from Louisiana State University (LSU) (BS in 1968, MS in 1970) and Purdue University (PhD in 1973) and in agricultural economics from Michigan State University (1980). He has held faculty positions at the University of Kentucky, University of Florida (UF) and University of Arkansas (UA) with assignments in research, teaching, extension, economic development and administration (department head at UA and UF, UA dean of engineering and director of economic development).Honors include selection to the LSU Engineering Hall of Distinction (2008) and as an outstanding graduate of his department at Purdue University (2004). He served as the international president of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (2005-2006) and was elected as a Fellow (1996). He was named “Engineer of the Year” by the Arkansas Chapter of the National Society of Professional Engineers (1997) and as “Communicator of Year” by the northwest Arkansas chapter of the Public Relations Society (2004).