Katherine Richardson, Robert Dyball, Needed: New Knowledge for Sustainable Development!, The Solutions Journal, Volume 7, Issue 3, May 2016, Pages 1-3 (https://www.thesolutionsjournal.com/article/needed-new-knowledge-sustainable-development/) Abstract: Throughout history, progress in human societies has come about thanks to an improved understanding of the world around us, which, in turn, has enabled us to identify new ways to draw advantage. The knowledge upon which such new understanding is based is derived through informal or organized observation—where organized observation is more commonly referred to as research. That new knowledge is a fundamental driver of societal development was formally recognized at the time of the Enlightenment and, since then, the mantra "scientia potentia est" (knowledge is power) has been an integral component of societal thinking, and has manifested itself in the establishment and support of universities and research. Knowledge, in itself, however, can only enable, and thus not ensure, progress, as it cannot dictate the choices that societies make. If and how knowledge is used to identify societal goals and make decisions is inextricably linked with the values that we hold.  Our values, in … Topics: Education; Sustainability