Previous on this topic (+to come):
- Part 1: The Challenge
- Part 2: From sustainable development to sustainable transition
- Part 3: Paradigm shift
- Part 4: Empowerment
- Part 5a: Sustainable economics: introduction
- Part 5b: Sustainable economics: growth, steady-state or degrowth?
Part 3: Paradigm shift
the need for a new paradigm was discussed in the previous posts and can be summarized in the following statement:
The dominant image of mankind and the subordinate role of our planet has created theoretical frameworks that lie at the base of several crises (ecological, social, economic, financial …). A new way of approaching our role as humans in this bigger system could both restore our ecosystem and get our socio-economic system back on track.
A paradigm shift is a change in the basic assumptions, or paradigms, within the ruling theory of science. Another closely related term for this is zeitgeist. For instance, at the time Darwin came up with his theory on…
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