Holistic Heritage Management | The PUP Global Heritage Consortium
Emerging paradigms in heritage planning and management



Around the world in the PUP Consortium


Natural and cultural, where we work


Emerging in many fields that we apply to heritage

PUP Global Heritage Consortium

Conventional planning paradigms to protect Earth’s natural and cultural heritage are broken; too many plans go unimplemented. Our worldwide, grassroots network facilitates local Holistic Planning, feeds experiences into its Lessons Learned Center, and disseminates lessons through its Regional Learning Platforms to all scales, strengthening stakeholder communities to wisely, efficiently, and adaptively manage heritage in an uncertain world.

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These plans rapidly go out of date in the DICE World:

Impossible to completely understand
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.

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


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