IGS in brief

The Citizens’ Initiative for an Integral Green Slovenia, founded in April 2013 by a group of distinguished Slovenian experts and lead by Dr. Darja Piciga, is a pan-Slovenian and non-partisan initiative for a wholesome life in the internationally respected community of Slovenia.

Together with the authors of Integral Economics, Professors Ronnie Lessem and Alexander Schieffer, and their Geneva-based institute Trans4m Center for Integral Development, and also drawing upon a number of internationally renowned role models, in theory and practice, a new Integral Green Slovenian Economic and Societal perspective gradually evolved and is presented in the Gower and Routledge volume Integral Green Slovenia published in June 2016.

The Initiative for an Integral Green Slovenia is based on the conviction that by building on the country’s potentials for all four integral economic paths (i.e., self-sufficient community-based economy, developmental culture-based economy, social knowledge based economy and “living” life-based economy) and fundamental values underlying its cultural heritage, we have the opportunity, in both theory and practice, to co-evolve a knowledge-and-value based economy and sustainable society that can serve as a pilot case for the integral green approach at a time when Europe is seeking to develop a smart (knowledge-based), sustainable and inclusive society and economy.

The integral theoretical framework is being applied in an original and practical way:

  • by placing fundamental values, ​​underlying the Slovenian and European cultural heritage, in the centre and as the starting point of practical policies and measures;
  • by authentically building on Slovenian culture as well as incorporating elements of neighbouring and other cultures;
  • by connecting and upgrading a number of Slovenian good practices, aligning them with (already) internationally recognised models of integral economy and sustainable development;
  • by smart integration and effective implementation of EU developmental policies based on sustainable development principles;
  • by purposely building on the paradigm of sustainable development that encompasses four dimensions (i.e., economy, environment, society, culture), with particular emphasis on values ​​of sustainability and social responsibility.
  • Key components of the evolving Integral Green Slovenia model are, together with a few practice cases, presented in the figure bellow.
Diagram IZS