Part 1 Perspectives on sustainability: our common future and beyond - interpretations of sustainable development, P. Brinck; the global and the local, T. Hagerstrand; designing resource systems for sustainability - safe-fail versus fail-safe strategies, B.L.B. Wiman; local models; global change - community impacts and sustainability visions, A. Hjort at Ornas. Part 2 Instruments of understanding: the emergence of an ecological economics paradign - examples from fisheries and aquaculture, C. Folke and A.M. Jansson; on designing socio-ecological indicators, J. Holmberg and S. karlssonn; towards an ecologically sustainable economy - the perspective of an economics, L. Unemo; economical and environmental policies for sustainability, T. Sterner; GIS for the territorial concern - supporting local sustainable development with modern information technology, E. Wallin. Part 3 The shaping of minds: woodland polypony, A. Buttimer; towards drastic societal changes - historical experiences about the pace in which societies can turn, P.O. Hallin and O. Warneryd; the role of organizations in the establishment of ecological consensus in industrialized countries, D. Jahn; conceptions of future threats and developments - psychological starting points and educational possibilities, A. Bjerstedt; the interplay of research and politics - the case of Antarctica, A. Elzinga. Part 4 Concluding remarks: the challenge of the societal dimension to environmental issues - a Swedish research response, U. Svedin.