The 3 Pillars of Sustainability

The 3 Pillars of Sustainability

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The concept of sustainability stands on the pillars of economic, social, and environmental. But is it possible to balance out all the pillars while working towards building a sustainable world? Watch our episode to know more.

Course Description

Why is it that many development policies end up being unsustainable? One significant clue is in the Three Pillars of Sustainability framework. Many researchers advocate looking at sustainable development as three pillars: economic, environmental and social, but what happens when policies support only one pillar, at the cost of the others?

Learning Objectives

  • The importance of the three pillars of sustainability framework. 
  • Why we need to depart from our traditional definition and practice of development? 

  • What happens when policies support only one of the three pillars of sustainability? 

  • Join us on this course, as we answer these questions by using examples from Kenya and China. 


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Technology and globalisation are creating rapid and complex transformations. Our vision is to help societies adapt to this fast change, and to do it sustainably. We believe that education is the key to improving the state of the world and responsible use of technology is the lever we can use to bring education to not just students, but everyone, everywhere. Based in Switzerland, we are well positioned to access a large network of partners and collaborators from academia, industry and government. Although we are headquartered in Switzerland, our mission is global: We seek to do our part in changing the way the world thinks of education, as not just a tool, but a way of enriching lives.
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