The ‘Middle-out’ Approach to Climate Change

It’s fashionable today to push for bottom-up approaches for addressing all major problems. However, authors of a new book argue for a middle-out approach that takes advantages of learnings and experience of leadership from the top and blend it with ground realities. Here’s a peek into the idea:

Given the scale and speed of global climate change and its attendant socio-ecological disruptions, there is an urgent need to begin identifying successful sustainable development strategies across multiple social, geographical and temporal scales. In this scenario neither top-down nor do bottom-up approaches alone have the ability to produce the needed insight. One possible solution to this puzzle is “middle-out” approach.

This is featured as cover story of leading sustainability magazine Sustainability Next: