"Innovation Versus Environmental Protection Presumptions"


David Hawk


The paper is about negotiating with issues that discourage innovation. The subject is environmental deterioration, with concern directed at the impediments that keep it from being innovatively resolved. The paper is organized around three issues.

These impediments are seen in ideals associated with protection, prevention, recycling and sustainability that tend to do more to sustain harmful practices than to seek beneficial alternatives. Being able to appreciate the underlying restrictions of entropy could help stimulate a more innovative agenda. These issues are tested via a project funded by the EPA called Energy Star Homes.


"Innovation Versus Environmental Protection Presumptions", Systemic Practice and Action Research, (Special issue to honor Russell Ackoff's 80th Birthday), Volume 12, Number 4, August 1999, pp. 355-366.

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