Conclusion

As outlined throughout the previous sections, two major challenges for mainstreaming life cycle management exist that are intrinsically linked: collaboration and communication. In order to radically increase the take up of life cycle based approaches in business and government, life cycle professionals need to enhance global collaboration among themselves, users of life cycle information, as well as with others and communicate to a wider set of stakeholders.

To facilitate this process, a home for the community is needed that enables it to become one coherent and clearly identifiable stakeholder but also acts as a central information and networking hub within the community. Such a home would need to respond to a variety of issues and gaps, as identified before. It would also need to make an effort to provide not only a space for collaboration and communication, but more importantly be rooted in a shared set of ideas and principles. Community members will need to be able to identify easily with the new organisation and be interested to engage with the organization and its members to jointly shape its future. The newly established Forum for Sustainability through Life Cycle (FSLCI) is built around these considerations and will need to demonstrate in going forward that it can live up to and address the issues outlined throughout this chapter. Its success will be largely depended on its acceptance by the community, in particular those life cycle practitioners that make changes in real life by putting LCM theory outlined in the first part of this book into practice. At the moment, it remains to be seen, whether the life cycle community is ready to become a stakeholder of its own. Whether it is ready to get out of the niche, and aim for actual global change towards creating a global sustainable society, where decision makers have fully integrated life cycle

management into their regular decision making processes.

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