To counteract the paradigms of development, growth, power, wealth, work and freedom embedded into the current public policies, research and teaching programmes, we need to consider the political and economic power asymmetries, the corporations-oriented public policies, the effect of megaprojects associated with increased pollution, corruption, consumerism and the appropriation of thoughts and bodies as commodities for sale.
Building social meanings beyond marketed technologies, creating new forms of individual and collective identities, imply the development of critical thinking in view of the essential conditions for the quality of life (education, security, health care, food, shelter, clothing) and a warning against “development projects” related to pollution, corruption, consumerism and the appropriation of thoughts and bodies as products put up for sale.
To counteract public policies segmented programmes, mass media headlines and reduced academic formats, which try to solve isolated problems without addressing the general phenomenon, the ecosystemic approach defines and deal with them deep inside the “boiling pot”, where they emerge, in terms of the boundaries, structures, techno-economic paradigms, support groups and rules of legitimation.
This means an expansion of concepts and ideas in view of an ecosystem approach, taking into account four dimensions of being-in-the-world (intimate, interactive, social and biophysical), since they combine, as donors and recipients, to generate the events (deficits or assets), to deal with the consequences (desired or undesirable) and to contribute to change (potential achievements).
Ref.: PILON, A. F., Developing an Ecosystemic Approach to Live Better in a Better World: A Global Voice for Humanity Survival in the 21st Century, Herald of the International Academy of Science (Health & Ecology), Moscow, 1, 2014: 12-15 [on line]: http://www.heraldrsias.ru/download/articles/02_Pilon.pdf