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4.3.2 -

Working Group #3:

What global issues need transdisciplinarity?

Developing a collective reflection on the basis of Prof. Fyfe’s stimulating speech in the course of the third plenary session, the participants endeavoured to widen the perspective implicit in his talk, mostly focused on environmental problems,

The debate isolated four global issues that, according to the group, would mostly benefit from a transdisciplinary approach:

Human aggression, Harmonious distribution of resources; Development of anthropocentric world views; Realization of human potential and empowerment through education.

Particular urge was expressed for the world to undertake “a shift from aggression to harmony”, a harmony which should characterize relationships among human beings as well as between humans and other living beings.

In this regard, the working group It was specifically recalled - contribution:

identified education as a crucial topic of our time.

and

stressed

  • -

    the

final

part

of

Prof.

Fyfe’s

CWe need universal literacy, numeracy and science education; but above all we need a new education)).

Moreover, the participants devoted their attention to “TuansecforaZ2~~“, a concept calling for thorough reflection and specific analyses. A significant level of consensus was reached on the utmost importance to consider transectorality in close relation with the notion of transdisciplinarity.

Consequently, it was urged to convey and to “transfer”

to the concept of

transectorality the many reflections transdisciplinarity.

started

and the elucidation

achieved on

There was a specific suggestion to make use of the new definition of transdisciplinarity

jointly

presented by this working

group, where the notion of “integration”

was

highlighted once more:

((Transdisciplinarity

is the process

characterized

by] the

integration of efforts by multiple disciplines to address issues or problems))

The findings of this Working

Group were eventually integrated

in a broader

perspective, where it is hinted outcomes also when applied to

that a transdisciplinary approach ‘simpler issues’ (see 93.4).

can

produce

insightful

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