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Understanding Secrets of Sustainability through TRIZ Philosophy
SSRN eJournal, (2014)
  • Umakant Mishra

After creating the weapons that can destroy the world, the next challenge of man is not to win an enemy but to survive the disasters. The modern man realizes that the worst challenges to face are the manmade disasters. While the nature has given us a well-disposed atmosphere to grow we are spoiling the natural resources through various anti-environmental activities. Our partial knowledge on development has taken us through a so-called development, which is neither eco-friendly nor sustainable. It is therefore important to control our own activities and behavior to minimize their negative effects on other adjacent systems and environment.

Any system or process or practice can become unsustainable because of internal conflicts or contradictions. Gain of one group of people causes trouble to another group of people (say, by unfair trading). Improvement in transportation (say, running of vehicles) pollutes air and environment. Growth of urbanization causes deforestation and global warming. It is necessary to overcome these contradictions to achieve sustainability. The concept of sustainability is very similar to TRIZ concept of Ideality. An ideal or sustainable system should have all desired (positive) features and no harmful (negative) features. A sustainable system is ideal and an ideal system is sustainable. Both the concepts can be applied to anything, such as, a product, a process, a practice, a structure, a system or an organization.

  • Economic sustainability,
  • Environmental Sustainability,
  • Total Sustainability,
  • TRIZ for Society,
  • Co-systems,
  • Super-system,
  • Subsystems,
  • Contradiction,
  • Ideality,
  • Ideal Final Result (IFR),
  • Solving Contradictions
Publication Date
April, 2014
Citation Information
Umakant Mishra. "Understanding Secrets of Sustainability through TRIZ Philosophy" SSRN eJournal, (2014)
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