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An Ecosystemic Approach for New Ways of Being in the World: Impacts on Public Policies, Research and Teaching Programmes – André Francisco Pilon, University of São Paulo

By on September 27, 2016
Lecturer - profile

Name
André Francisco Pilon

Title
Associate Professor [Senior]

Main affiliation
University of São Paulo; International Academy of Science, Health & Ecology

email
gaiarine@usp.br

Country
Brazil

Region
South America

Qualifications
CV
http://uni.unhabitat.org/index.php?gf-download=2016%2F09%2FAbridged-Curriculum-Vitae-Copy.pdf&form-id=9&field-id=48&hash=e4d855985b023f9f105f1f5ee929cf25f66c794d5050809a5df2026948a3f9f9

Biography
André Francisco Pilon has an extensive academic and professional career as an Associate Professor, University of São Paulo; as a Psychologist, Court of Justice of the State of São Paulo; as a Director, Health Education Department, Ministry of Health, Brazil, as an Editor-in-Chief, journal Academus. His ecosystemic approach for public policies, teaching and research programmes encompasses politics, economics, ethics, social sciences, education, culture, natural and man-made environments, physical, social and mental wellbeing, public health and overall quality of life. His proposal comprises breakthrough research with a high potential for shifting existing paradigms, and puts forth normative forecasts for more sustainable future states through an ecosystemic framework for policies planning and evaluation, based on long-term sustainability issues and problems rather than short-term events. He has a long list of peer-reviewed publications and presentations at national and international scientific events in terms of new paradigms of growth, power, wealth, work and freedom embedded into the cultural, social, political and economical institutions. His affiliations include: International Union for Health Promotion and Education, Inter-American Consortium of Universities in Health Education, Centre for Development and Research on Healthy Cities, International Academy of Science, Health & Ecology. Link to public profile and selected publications: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/305700604_Abridged_Curriculum_Vitae

English Proficiency
Fluent

Previous experience of recording video lectures
Yes

Experience of lecturing to large audiences
Yes

Experience of lecturing to large audiences
Yes

Frequency of lectures
Often

Recording opportunities
Habitat III attendance and availability
Yes
Attendance depends on the availability of scholarship funds to cover travel and accommodation expenses.

PROPOSED LECTURE

Main themes
Sustainable Cities
Planning and Design
Governance
Environment
Capacity Development

Title
An Ecosystemic Approach for New Ways of Being in the World: Impacts on Public Policies, Research and Teaching Programmes

Focus
The proposal puts forth normative forecasts to reach a better quality of life and includes concrete steps to apply an ecosystemic framework for planning and evaluation of public policies, research and teaching programmes, in view of long-term sustainability issues.

Issues which the lecture addresses
The transition to an ecosystemic model of culture includes 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).

Short analysis of the above issues
To address contemporary complex issues and provide strategic options for new policies, new paradigms of development, growth, power, wealth, work and freedom should be embedded into the cultural, social, political and economical institutions. Development projects, technological solutions, fragmented in pieces by public policies, academic formats, mass-media headlines and market-place interests, usually ask for more resources, increase pollution and waste, bind natural capital with financial domains and ignore social, cultural and environmental impacts. In view of the transition to an ecosystemic model of culture, ethics, education, culture, natural and man-made environments, physical, social and mental well-being should be supported by societal structures and integrated into an overall project of quality of life (not treated as separate objects, different domains, or segmented programmes) by public policies, mass media and research and teaching programmes. Instead of taking current trends for granted and project them into the future (exploratory forecast), the definition of the desired goals and the exploration of new paths to reach them (normative forecast) is posited in view of the development of new policies and structures. To elicit the events, deal with the consequences and contribute for change (potential outputs), an ecosystemic framework for the planning and evaluation of public policies, research and teaching programmes combines four dimensions of being in the world: intimate dimension (knowledge, values, feelings, beliefs, commitments); interactive dimension (allegiances, solidarity, partnerships, leadership); social dimension (public policies, citizenship, advocacy, mass-media); biophysical dimension (vital needs, natural and built environment, artefacts).

Propositions for addressing the issue
In the ecosystemic approach, evaluation and planning of public policies, research and teaching projects
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);
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;
3) promote the singularity of (identity, proper characteristics) and the reciprocity (mutual support) between all dimensions of being in the world in view of their complementarity and dynamic equilibrium;
4) contribute for the transition to an ecosystemic model of culture, in order to deal with the problems of difficult settlement or solution in the world, as an essential condition for consistency, effectiveness and endurance.

Additional Reading Materials
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

PILON, A. F., “The Right to the City” An Ecosystemic Approach to Better Cities, Better Life. University Library of Munich, MPRA Paper No. 25572, 2010 [online]:
http://mpra.ub.uni-muenchen.de/25572/1/MPRA_paper_25572.pdf

PILON, A.F. Environmental Sustainability, Urban Problems and Quality of Life. Urban Gateway for the International Urban Development Community [Article], 2013 [on line]:
http://www.urbangateway.org/document/environmental-sustainability-urban-problems-and-quality-life

PILON, A. F., A Normative Ecosystemic Forecast to the Problematic Trends of our Times [Author’s Repertoire] DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.1.3448.0882 [on line]:
https://www.academia.edu/s/078655c839

Draft presentation
http://uni.unhabitat.org/index.php?gf-download=2016%2F09%2FThe-Ecosystemic-Approch-to-Ecohealth.1-Copy.pdf&form-id=9&field-id=33&hash=ea44981ff5c4cdf68043f4535e264a191d33dabc04ae4bb24b27fed1d1a3b345

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