When I tell people I’m back in school, I give them a moment for a spit take and then wait for the following questions.
Q1. Didn’t you get an MBA a couple of years ago?
Q2. And you’re back in school?
Q3. (Pause) Why are you back in school?
A. I enjoy building voluminous debts. It’s character building… Also, I want to become an expert in Sustainable Development so that I can pair that knowledge with my MBA to work on some of the toughest problems facing humanity.
Q3. That’s great. (Long pause coupled with a confused look.) So, what exactly is Sustainable Development?
A. It’s like… Um… Err… Well… You know when…
From there I typically launch into a long-winded explanation which causes eyes to gloss over at which time people invariably remember an appointment they are late for. Given that repeated experience, I thought I should do a bit of navel gazing to come up with a better answer. The following Venn diagrams are the output of said navel gazing…
Having shared that, I think from now on I’ll just steal the definition coined by the Bruntland Commission, which states that Sustainable Development, ”meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”
Yep. That’ll do just fine.