Systemic thinking, regenerative culture, and new forms of prefigurative politics

Ana Margarida Esteves, investigadora no CEI-IUL, acaba de publicar um artigo na revista “Globalizations”:

Pensamento sistémico,’ cultura regenerativa ‘e novas formas de política prefigurativa: desafios para a esquerda global

Um dos aspectos da atual crise da esquerda institucional é uma ‘cegueira epistemológica’ que impede a renovação ao ignorar formas de ação coletiva que não se encaixam no pensamento ortodoxo, incluindo iniciativas comunitárias com base no “pensamento sistêmico” e destinadas a promover uma “cultura regenerativa”. Tal categoria inclui iniciativas econômicas não capitalistas, como as do movimento de transição, da economia social e solidária e da Rede Global de Ecovilas, bem como das comunidades temporárias criadas pelo movimento Occupy Wall Street e pelos protestos do Dakota Access Pipeline. Tais iniciativas abordam a polarização social, o patriarcado e a crise da democracia como dimensões de uma disfunção civilizacional que exige soluções sistémicas. Essa abordagem, se adotada pela esquerda, pode contribuir para sua renovação e fortalecimento político.

 

Ana Margarida Esteves, Researcher at CEI-IUL, just published an article in the international journal “Globalizations”:

‘Systemic thinking’, ‘regenerative culture’, and new forms of prefigurative politics: challenges for the global left

One of the aspects of the current crisis of the Left is an ‘epistemological blindness’ that prevents it from identifying opportunities for its own renewal. That includes the dismissal of the contribution of prefigurative forms of collective action which do not fit its institutionalized orthodoxies. Their most significant expression is a range of grassroots initiatives based on ‘systemic thinking’ and aimed at promoting a ‘regenerative culture’. It includes non- capitalist economic initiatives, such as those of the transition movement, social and solidarity economy and the Global Ecovillage Network, as well as of the temporary communities created by Occupy Wall Street movement and the Dakota Access Pipeline protests. They regard social polarization, patriarchy, and the crisis of democracy as interconnected dimensions of a civilizational dysfunction that asks for whole-systems solutions. Such approach, if adopted by the Left, may contribute to its renewal and political strengthening.

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Ana Margarida Esteves

Researcher at CEI-IUL. PhD in Sociology (Brown University); held a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Tulane University’s Roger Thayer Stone Center for Latin American Studies (New Orleans). Research interests: Social and Solidarity Economy, popular education, community-based finance, participatory action research, alternative food systems, local development, and direct and participatory democracy, as well as on how to integrate “specialist” and “lay” knowledge in academic and activist research.

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