Instead of indicators which often provide the users with some insights on the status quo, this paper argues it is possible to secure the system on a sustainable trajectory through using navigational indicators. To this end, it is suggested to characterize 'Self-origination' mechanism by adopting System Dynamics approach. Built on the Self-origination idea we can make sure that the current scenic route running through the growing environmental challenges is consistent with the root drivers explaining why system is here and to where it is heading to. To illustrate this characterization, two case studies (Zayandeh-Rood river Basin, and Mashhad Plain in Iran) are used. The results of the simulations show how defining organic navigational indicators can more effectively inform policymakers about the (in)consistency of the taken routes and the roots needs to be addressed.
Keywords: sustainability indicators, Navigational Indicators, Self-origination, System Dynamics, water resource systems