Creativity, ethics and transformation: key factors in a transdisciplinary application of systems methodology to resolving wicked problems in sustainability

Palmer, Jane and Smith, Tanzi and Willetts, Juliet and Mitchell, Cynthia (2009) Creativity, ethics and transformation: key factors in a transdisciplinary application of systems methodology to resolving wicked problems in sustainability. In: Systemic development: local solutions in a global environment. ISCE Publishing, Goodyear, Arizona, USA, pp. 69-78. ISBN 978-0-9817032-7-5

Abstract

Sustainability is a wicked problem that requires a transdisciplinary approach. The defining characteristics of transdisciplinarity include collaborative, creative, higher order thinking which transcends discipline boundaries, the explicit contribution of an ethical or moral perspective to problem resolution, and the generation of new knowledge and new resolutions not available in multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary environments. These characteristics align well with theories on transformative learning and Wilber’s theories on consciousness evolution. However we need ways to translate this thinking into practice.
Soft systems methodology could provide this practical element, but does not necessarily emphasise transformative learning, or moral perspectives aligned with sustainability i.e. valuing of ecologically restorative, socially just, economically profitable resolutions. This paper explores how integration of a transformative learning process with soft systems methodology might provide a useful transdisciplinary approach to sustainability.


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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
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Faculty / Department / School: Current - Institute for Resilient Regions
Date Deposited: 11 Feb 2016 23:47
Last Modified: 12 Feb 2016 02:56
Uncontrolled Keywords: trandisciplinarity, transformative learning, ethics, systems, sustainability
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160807 Sociological Methodology and Research Methods
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2201 Applied Ethics > 220199 Applied Ethics not elsewhere classified
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1702 Cognitive Sciences > 170202 Decision Making
16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160805 Social Change
05 Environmental Sciences > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050299 Environmental Science and Management not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: D Environment > 96 Environment > 9606 Environmental and Natural Resource Evaluation > 960609 Sustainability Indicators
C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950407 Social Ethics
C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950403 Environmental Ethics
E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/28151

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