Care as human Being: Introducing a new field of study and practice

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This paper serves to introduce a new field of theory and practice called anEcology of Care. In briefly describing its history of formation, present status andprojected activities, the process of establishing an Ecology of Care (EoC) can beseen as laying the groundwork for a robust and complex new field with real andrelevant value to many of the most profound issues confronting modern humanlife. The author proposes that in establishing and promoting an ecology which isbased on Care, change can begin to take place in some of the destructive thinkingcurrently shaping a less than optimistic future. An ecology based on Care offersthe possibility of a positive and generative mindset that will enable people andorganisations to rebuild some of the ecological stewardship that has been erodedby rationalist thinking since the industrial revolution. With stewardship or socialand personal responsibility as a core systemic value, it is proposed that this fieldand the many industrious forms it might take, offers a real panacea for theincreasingly moribund institutions of capitalism and other antiquated beliefsystems that are now negatively impacting on human life. These ponderousinstitutions, themselves shaped by unrealistic aspirations for growth and greed,combined with ecological short sightedness can by their nature, offer no viableanswers. An Ecology of Care or a Care-based ecology provides a sound, logicaland realistic philosophical/theoretical basis for developing many practicalsolutions across any field of human endeavour; assuming there is the strength ofcommitment necessary to apply it. The role of this paper is to provide a record ofthe formation of this meta-theoretical perspective in terms of its earlydevelopment as a platform or framework for change; a non-partisan movementdesigned to provide a focus for the collective efforts of many groups of peoplewith many different interests. This story of the brief history of an Ecology ofCare, serves to establish a credible foundation for a movement whose futuredevelopment and application will attempt to address a multitude of challengesfacing human beings as a species.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-17
Number of pages17
JournalFusion Journal
Volume12
Issue numberSpecial issue
Publication statusPublished - 22 Nov 2017

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