The Agile Sustainability Initiative is an effort to create awareness about sustainability within the Agile community and explore how Agile can contribute to a more sustainable future.
We recognize the critical role Agile can play in building a sustainable and resilient world. We believe by embracing Agile values and principles and by evolving our practices, we can address the complex challenges facing our society, economy, and environment.
Inspired by the Agile Manifesto and the contributions of Agile Alliance members, we are uncovering better ways of working by doing it and helping others do it. Acknowledging, that the following Agile Sustainability Manifesto will change as we all learn over time, we have come to value:
1. People & Planet over Profit
We prioritize the well-being of place (ecosystem services and biodiversity) and people (individuals, communities, and future generations) over short-term financial gains, fostering a regenerative and equitable world.
2. Adaptability over Rigidity
We embrace change as an opportunity for growth, resilience, and sustainability, valuing adaptability over rigid plans and structures. Being adaptable to changing conditions is a key skill in the face of climate change.
3. Abundance over Scarcity
Consciously moving away from narratives where if I win you lose, away from increasing market share at the cost of others, away from blaming each other and instead working together across boundaries. Resulting in a mindset of abundance, where “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.”
4. Value over Consumption
We strive to reduce the consumption of energy, materials, and transport in all that we do, with the courage to ruthlessly prioritize value and advocate for responsible resource use and mindful consumption on our finite planet with the pursuit of regeneration across all our stakeholders.
By embracing the Agile Sustainability Manifesto, we commit to using Agile principles to address the urgent challenges of our time, striving for a more sustainable, equitable, and prosperous world for current and future generations. Together, we can build a resilient and harmonious future that prioritizes human well-being, adaptability, collaboration, and transparency in the pursuit of sustainable development.
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