André Francisco PilonAssociate Professor (Senior), University of São Paulo / Int. Academy of Science, Health & Ecology
- University of São Paulo / Int. Academy of Science, Health & Ecology
About André Francisco Pilon
Trying to solve localized problems without addressing the general phenomenon is a conceptual error. To face the problems of difficult settlement or solution in the world, science–policy interface should overcome conventional public policies, segmented academic formats, market-place interests and mass-media headlines, which accommodate people to the prevailing order, instead of preparing them to carry meaning, purpose and life-enhancing values (relational and ontological), to the individual and collective projects of life.
Anthropogenic views do not distinguish between the whole of the human beings and the destructive action on nature and culture of the political-economic establishment; power asymmetries should be considered, that confer to a small and privileged part of the world population the decisions about the destiny of the entire mankind. Offsetting proposals only mitigate a situation here and there, but do not address the causes of the problems continuously re-created within the system (like corruption that involves state capture).
Instead of taking current prospects for granted and project them into the future (exploratory forecast), the definition of desirable goals and the exploration of new paths to reach them (normative forecast) is posited in view of a set of values, norms and policies that prioritizes socio-ecological objectives and human well-being, the quality of natural and built environments and the aesthetic and ethical values linked to a moral and cultural meaning of the existence.
Given the dynamic field of events encompassing the forms of being in the world, the transition to an ecosystem model of culture encompasses heterogeneous attributes, behaviours and interactions of individuals and the dynamics of the systems in which they live (institutions, populations, political, economic, cultural and ecological background), that could add positive or negative value to the environment, equity and the interactions between people and ecosystems.
An analytical, ecosystemic framework to identify and deal with the problems of difficult settlement or solution in the world is posited in the publication below (please see link), in view of a transformative change of the current paradigms of development, growth, power, wealth, work and freedom embedded at institutional, cultural, economic and political level, encompassing four interwoven dimensions of being in the world (intimate, interactive, social and biophysical).
The proposal extends to environmental problems, quality of life and the state of the world a larger conceptual framework that includes ontological and epistemological issues, in view of the isomorphy and transfers of concepts, laws and models in various fields, enabling groups and individuals in the socio-cultural learning niches to develop new action pathways, empowering people to explore new scenarios and information relevant to achieve new outcomes.
Ref.: PILON, A. F., Governance, Science-Policy Interfaces, Societal Organisation and the Transition to an Ecosystemic Model of Culture, University Library of Munich, MPRA Paper No. 84373, 2018 [on line]: https://mpra.ub.uni-muenchen.de/84373/9/MPRA_paper_84373.pdf