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.
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.
and the elucidation
There was a specific suggestion to make use of the new definition of transdisciplinarity
presented by this working
group, where the notion of “integration”
highlighted once more:
is the process
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).