Balancing individual and collective action: humanity and systems interaction


Pierre Bricage (University of Pau and Pays de l’Adour, Pau)
Matjaz Mulej (University of Maribor)
Francisco Parra-Luna (Universidad Complutense de Madrid)



Paper session

Call for papers

From individual to collective actions (associations) and conversely from organisations actions (lobbying) and societies actions (lawing) to individual actions: from ago-antagonism to symbiosis

The aims of this symposium are focused on the most significant elements that have characterised the relationship between humans, natural ecosystems, anthroposystems, economic systems and societal systems. In this particular context, it is very important to know the systemic mechanisms that explain these relationships and their consequences.

We can focus on the individual human being because at the end each action is the result of one people who decide to do it or not and how to do it. How is it that she/he achieves viability beyond survival in wild ecosystems, anthroposystems or economic systems that offers opportunities as well as challenges to their health, mobility, recreation, social communication, knowledge and so forth?

But, this is not enough. We have to focus first on organisations and societies because they are individual actors who are influencing or constraining everyone to do or not to do and how to do. We need to pay attention to the impact/effect of all natural and societal evolutionary trends on individuals. It is the co-evolution of individuals and their systems that requires studying and action (education) to improve people’s quality of life and to restore both a disrupted nature and all forms of ill-conceived social forms that we have created (for example dis-education by lobbying to make more money or to have more power).

Indeed, it is possible to think in people ś relationships with their eco-economic-systems, and to put the emphasis in the silent majorities and the challenges we all have in the co-evolution with our eco-economic-systems. How do we (individuals) engage with society and organisations to make them amplifiers of our individual concerns regarding our survival?

Ecological and economical studies addressed from a local and global perspective are welcome.

Descriptors listed below can give ideas to the researchers who wish to present a paper. They are not the only ones, and researchers may present other approaches related to the subject:

  • climate change,
  • economical and social/societal systems,
  • living systems and ecosystems,
  • ecosystems/economic systems and the management of their complexity,
  • ecological footprints,
  • overexploitation/overpopulation,
  • environmental management policies,
  • disasters management.

Target groups

Researchers, scientists, engineers, people from business enterprises, policy shapers, designers,… who are usually engaged in the study of creative, destructive, disruptive, restorative and transformative processes; who are usually facing to the ethics of  corporate social responsibility, ecological footprint, economic crisis, engineering technology and using the concepts (key words) of antagonism, competition, cooperation, mutualism, symbiosis, win-win.