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Global Transformation in the Mirror of the Ecosystemic Approach

Aim of the resource

An ecosystemic framework for public policies, research and teaching programmes is posited to define and deal with the nexus environmental problems, quality of life and the state of the world, considering fundamental causes, worldviews, values and perceptions, from a thematic (“what”), an epistemic (“how”) and a pragmatic (strategies) point of view (boundaries, structures, prevalent paradigms)


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<p>Public policies, teaching and research programmes, nowadays segmented in different domains, should consider the configurations intertwining the different dimensions of being-in-the-world, strengthening their connections and sealing their ruptures, in view of their dynamic equilibrium. coherent public policies, research and teaching programmes would:</p>

<p>1) define the problems in the core of the “boiling pot” in view of a holistic, ecosystemic framework, instead of reducing them to the bubbles of the surface (effects, fragmented, taken for granted issues);</p>

<p>2) combine the four dimensions of being in the world (intimate, interactive, social and biophysical) in the diagnosis and prognosis of the events, assessing their deficits and assets, as donors and recipients;</p>

<p>3) promote the singularity of (identity, proper characteristics) and the reciprocity (mutual support) between all dimensions in view of their complementarity and dynamic equilibrium;</p>

<p>4) prepare the transition to an ecosystemic model of culture to deal with the problems of difficult settlement or solution in the world, a condition for consistency, effectiveness and endurance.</p>
Potential benefits from using the resource
New paradigms of knowledge, development, wealth, power, growth, work and freedom, are embedded into the political, economic, social, cultural and educational institutions.
Public policies, research and teaching, education, culture, natural and man-made environments, physical, social and mental well-being are integrated into an ecosystemic model of culture.
Instead of dealing with segmented, reduced issues and trying to solve isolated and localized problems, the proposal address the general phenomenon, where the problems emerge.
Potential limitations from using the resource
Large differences in power between individuals and corporations (natural and legal persons), permit a substantial influence of business in public policy and State affairs.
Assessment of effectiveness of the tool or instrument
<p>In the socio-cultural learning niches, the individual and collective projects of life are unveiled and dealt with by heuristic-hermeneutic experiences; intermediary objects (curious things, images depicting everyday life), are presented to the participants to generate awareness, interpretation and understanding beyond established stereotypes.</p>

<p>The contributions of the participants are analysed from a thematic (“what”), an epistemic (“how”) and a pragmatic (strategies) point of view, encompassing the emphasis and inclusiveness of contents in the different dimensions (“thematic”) , the structure of thought embedded into subject-object relationships (“epistemic”)&nbsp; and the actions embedded in the outputs (pragmatic).</p>

<p>The methodology is experiential and reflexive, “reality” is revealed in a specific space-time horizon of understanding, feeling and action: subject-object relationships are unveiled (intimate dimension), statements are shared (interactive dimension), setting the ground to examine different forms for being-in-the-world (social and biophysical dimensions).</p>
Scale of application:
Practical information
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Other languages in which the resource is available:
Portuguese (Brazil)
Development stage:
Full, working product
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Instead of isolating problems, an ecosystemic approach for the planning of public policies, research and teaching programmes, encompasses four dimensions of being-in-the-world (intimate, interactive, social and biophysical), as they combine, as donors and recipients, to induce the events (deficits/assets), cope with consequences (desired/undesired) and contribute for change (potential outputs). The proposal provides leadership and encourage partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing, and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life.


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