The Ecosystemic Model for Being-in-the-World: A Four-Dimensional Approach to the Quality of Life
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. Democracy, ethics, justice, social equity, education, culture, health and natural and man-made environments are impaired, cultural values are annihilated, reality is fragmented by public policies, academic formats, mass-media headlines, market-place’s interests and common sense prejudices.
Instead of dealing with the “bubbles” of the surface (consequences, taken for granted problems) and ignore what is inside the “boiling pot" (the real problems), a multidimensional theoretical and practical ecosystemic approach and planning model consider the dynamic and complex configurations intertwining, as donors and recipients, four dimensions or components of being-in-the-world: intimate (subject’s cognitive and affective processes), interactive (groups’ mutual support and values), social (political, economical and cultural systems) and biophysical (biological endowment, natural and man-made environments).
The different dimensions are assessed, as they induce the events (deficits and assets), cope with consequences (desired or undesired) and contribute for change (diagnosis and prognosis). The methodology is participatory, experiential and reflexive; encompassing heuristic-hermeneutic processes in the socio-cultural learning niches, which unveil cultural and epistemic paradigms and subject-object relationships.
Keywords: Environmental Sustainability, Cultural Sustainability, Social Sustainability, Ecosystemic Dynamics, Planning Models
Prof. Andre Francisco Pilon
Associate Professor, School of Public Health, University of São Paulo