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4.2.2 -

Working Group #2:

What makes transdisciplinarity

succeed or fail?

To further explore the conditions that make transdisciplinarity

succeed, Working

Group #2 developed

transdisciplinarity

by

Prof. McMichael’s distinction focusing on a specific quote:

between

interdisciplinarity

and

cdn transdisciplinary

science, the whole is not just

its

derivative

disciplinary

parts,

but

it

has

greater than qualitatively

different

properties.

Further,

transdisciplinary

science

integrates its longer evident

contributory

disciplines such that

as

disaggregatable

components)).

they

are

no

The greatest attention was given to this thought of Prof. McMichael, which hinted at the “transformative properties” intrinsic in a transdisciplinary approach.

It is interesting L’transformation”,

to note Working

findings of Working Group

that, by making explicit reference to the notion of Group #2 upheld, through a fascinating integration, the #l. The latter was, at that very moment and behind closed

doors, trying to define the concept of “transdisciplinarity” issues.

by exploring complementary

In fact, the element of “transforming” praxis isolated by Working Group #1 is logically coincident with the “transformative properties” isolated by Working Group #2.

In both cases the active property of inducing a qualitative transformation.of the reality gets attributed to transdisciplinarity.

Furthermore, Working Group #2 stressed that, in a transdisciplinary project, the team

is supposed to work

in such a way that “people

“knowledge” - “become trans” .

should undergo a “transformative

themselves”

process”

  • -

    and not only

and, consequently,

In this light, Dr. Desmond Manderson proposed a new definition of transdisciplinarity,

more

closely

related

to

the

complex

but

essential concept

of

“transformation”,

which

constitutes a remarkable complement to the many others provided Group #1 :

by Working

CTransdisciplinarity

can

be

characterized

as

a

transformative

practice

of

knowledge)).

Proceeding towards

a broad agreement upon

transdisciplinarity

succeed,

McMichael

and corroborated

Working the need

Group #2 for “mutual

the key factors

needed

endorsed the

proposals

interest”

and

“willingness

to make of Prof. to trust”,

as well as the capacity to be “ready befearful of ignorance”, identifying transdisciplinary approach.

to feel all of

comfortable with uncertain@” them as crucial ingredients for

and “not to a successful

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