Advancing Holistic Heritage Management

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The PUP Global Heritage Consortium unites people and organizations dedicated to introducing emerging paradigms about management and planning into the heritage management field in order to stem the tide of non-implemented natural and cultural heritage management plans and transition to a more holistic, integral management approach.


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Why Holistic Planning Is Critical for Heritage Management

Training new managers is not enough. We must also overcome the global crisis of unimplemented management plans.

Conventional planners blame the big five: LACK of money, personnel, time, information, or political will. And then lament that the problem is out of their hands.

So they plan the next time only with more of the big five and still produce more unimplemented plans.

The real problem, though, lurks much deeper than simple lacks. The problem emerges from conventional planners’ concept of planning and the world. 

They assume the PLUS World: Predictable | Linear | Understandable | Static

PLUS plans are essentially scientific studies that only technicians can prepare and read.

These plans rapidly go out of date in the DICE world:

Dynamic
Impossible to completely understand 
Complex
Ever-changing or evolving

Rather, in the DICE world we need...

Planning processes that adapt quickly
Community support to implement
Managers who learn as teams
Plan formats easily updated
Continuous planning
Holistic understanding of the DICE World

In summary, for the heritage field a new concept of planning is coming…

The PUP Global Heritage Consortium integrates emerging paradigms from many different fields into a revolutionary form of planning and managing that keeps pace with the DICE World:

  • Holistic Planning.
  • Dialogue and Consensus Building
  • Transactive Planning
  • Evolutionary Spirituality
  • Participatory Heritage Interpretation
  • Integral Theory
  • High Reliability Organizing
  • Mutual Gains Approach
  • Adaptive Co-management

To do this, though, requires considering ideas and holding conversations where many conventional planners and managers dare not explore.


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