The Systematic Approach to a Sustainable Development 

The International Sustainability Management Education (ISME) network focuses on using a systematic approach to identify and manage the causes and effects of environmental, social, and economic issues. Based on sustainable development as the thematic area of study, the ISME main objective focuses on creating and encouraging interdisciplinary global sustainability teams in using sustainable development methods in problem solving.   

The ISME network is a virtual global organization that creates the needed direction and motivation to build education and research programs in global sustainability.  The growth of sustainability requires entrepreneurial thinking and innovation using the systematic management approach in developing and growing viable enterprises that continually create needed services and technologies for sustainable economic development.

The ISME supports:

1--Global Sustainability Teams (GST):  GST members focus on sustainability solutions to global economic, environmental, and social problems in various locations around the world.   Each GST will be formed by ISME members and during the ISME summer school.  The ISME summer school brings together knowledge and experience from around the world to join and participate in a GST.  Each GST has a team leader from an ISME member organization.  

2--Summer School:  The objective is to create and encourage interdisciplinary teamwork and build student competency in problem-solving.  The ISME Summer School consist of a one or two-week format:  Week one focuses on lectures and group work, where students become familiar with sustainability, management, and leadership. Further topics include aspects of sustainability, corporate social responsibility, eco-efficiency, accounting, integration of management systems, and value chain analysis.   Week two extends the week one learning through student and faculty presentations of identified solutions to current relevant global issues and problems.  Students will participate in activities, including, a visit to an organization that has integrated management systems;  analyzing continual improvement through management systems applications; solving environment, social, and economic problems within organizations and communities, or targeting areas where GST members are studying conflict resolution.

3--The Global Sustainability Working Group (GSWG):  The GSWG is a listserv of members from various countries that contribute opinions, articles, videos, and support the overall ISME mission of creating a global conscience that builds life connections through systems thinking.