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Living Better in a Better World: An Ecosystemic Approach for Institutional, Cultural and Educational Development and Change

Pilon, André Francisco (2011): Living Better in a Better World: An Ecosystemic Approach for Institutional, Cultural and Educational Development and Change.

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Abstract

Quality of life, natural and man-made environments, physical, social and mental well-being are currently undermined by all sorts of hazards and injuries; political, economical, social and cultural disarray normalise atrocious behaviours and violence throughout the world, in a context of dehumanisation, depersonalisation and reification. A theoretical and practical multidimensional ecosystemic approach and planning model is posited, intertwining, as donors and recipients, four dimensions of being-in-the-world: intimate, interactive, social and biophysical. Events are not reduced to fragmented representations of reality, but considered as configurations, resulting from a dynamic field, expressing the connections and ruptures between the different dimensions. Instead of being directed to the bubbles of the surface (reduced, taken for granted problems), projects of change contemplate the dynamic configurations formed by the intersection of the different dimensions "inside the boiling pot”.

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