The Concept of Sustainable Development has been popularized and developed for several years, but it has not shown sufficient effectiveness or resulted in macropolitical, macroeconomic and macrosocial changes that would make a genuine contribution to solving global problems, especially preventing a global environmental catastrophe.

The concept developed within the framework of the Planetary project has been called the Concept of Managed Harmony. Analysis and criticism of the Concept of Sustainable Development, has brought us to a review of a number of tenets of the theory, and a realization of the necessity to considerably modernize it and further develop its correct ideas.

The concept of “harmony”, as a philosophical category, implies consonance and balance of diverse and even opposing elements as many in one. The word “harmony” is of Greek origin, and it carries the idea of integral wholeness of all living things in the cosmos. This can be possible only due to the internal reasonable order that is capable of being grasped by the human mind. Harmony keeps things in wise agreement in the world. This agreement is accessible to human understanding, and is the opposite of chaos.

The dialectical relationship of chaos, cosmos and harmony in the philosophical tradition of Ancient Greece described systematicity and manageability vs accidentalness and shapelessness as development stages of nature and society. Later, harmony started to be applied to characterizing and evaluating regularities, commensurate combinations, consistent dynamics and managed systems. The concept of harmony includes the idea of the identity of thinking and being, at least in the sense that the orderliness of thinking is possible due the orderliness of nature.

In our view, to apply the concept of “harmony” to social reality is relevant if only due to: the existence of such institutional mechanisms of enforcing social order through human activity as education, morality and law; as well as to such macrosocial mechanisms as democratization, progress, and cross-cultural relations.

The Concept of Managed Harmony can underlie the paradigm of planetary world order and noospheric civilization.

Unlike the Concept of Sustainable Development it is characterized by:

  • A different understanding of the process of development and its current requirements;
  • Identifying development driving forces;
  • Solutions to administer the processes of harmonious development in terms of schemes, mechanisms and methods.

The ultimate goal of the Concept of Managed Harmony is the creation of a noospheric civilization based on resource substitution production, creative economy and biocompatible culture while WE-humanity and the integrated people will be its agents. The strategic prospect is revealing human cosmic potential, implementing human planetary mission to explore actively outer space. Managed harmony will be the paradigm of advancement in these directions and at the same time the form of existence for post-crisis humanity and the planetary community.