MEN-MIDDLE: Towards a crossroads of knowledge for a methodology of interdisciplinarity, under the direction of Adélie Pomade
The relationship between men and their environment questions the human and social sciences and the natural sciences in different terms, using different methods and data, but in the convergent perspective of a better understanding of their interactions. In this context, how can scientists “work together”? How can they bring together, cross and address the multiple challenges of the same problem within a collective and integrated questioning? This interrogation leads the often compartmentalised disciplines to open up to concepts and methods of analysis that until now were foreign to them. This inflection invites researchers to a stronger “scientific empathy”. It is not a question of talking to the other, of becoming the other or of understanding him, but of placing oneself in one’s cognitive field. The book highlights the way in which the disciplines approach and understand the issues related to the relationships developed between humans and their environments, and questions the inter-multi-transco-or multi-disciplinary methodological issues related to them.
Ecological Negotiation is a negotiation whose object and consequences go beyond purely anthropocentric considerations and directly affect the future of nature.
For a long time, decisions about the future of nature have been made unilaterally between policy makers and promoters. Administrative procedures aimed at informing the public of a new project did not allow for a real sharing of knowledge about the local natural context, nor to obtain a real influence in the final decision-making.
Based on the work of a thesis in law, we realize that the law applicable to environmental impact studies could allow nature to be better defended in negotiations that may have consequences for its future.
To improve the consideration of nature in negotiations, a group of researchers and environmental engineering companies, called Nego-Eco ©, develops research and innovation in two main areas:
– training of actors in ecological negotiation
– development of methodologies and tools for decision support
These approaches allow a constant improvement of the consideration of nature in the decisions that concern it.
The goal is to tighten the human-nature links and better translate the influences of one on the other.
For this, it is necessary to better understand how the law is built and how each actor can find his place to act.
Ecological negotiation is a universal principle that humanity must learn to develop in a sustainable way taking into account the limits of the planet. These natural boundaries are non-negotiable. Nature can no longer be regarded as a negotiable thing that is available. Nature destroyed is irreplaceable. Human and natural temporality is not equivalent.
It is the human activities and demography that humanity must learn to control and negotiate within the confines of the planet. This negotiation can no longer be a business negotiation. It must be ecological. It must flow from the heart of humanity. It must use all the human potential to carry out this balancing exercise. Ecological negotiation implies a deep listening to the needs of humanity in its diversity, complexity, specificity and comprehensiveness. Humans must act together. They must beat to the rhythm of the same heart. To implement ecological negotiation, it is necessary that our decision-makers (State, private companies) learn to make their hearts vibrate to the rhythm of the planet. This approach is not economical but universal. Ancestral cultures teach us a lost discipline that we must find. Our modern knowledge offers invaluable tools to try to observe and orchestrate diversity as a whole. The ecological negotiation imposes a discipline first personal, then collective. An essential listening between the actors, economic and financial operators up to the territorial actors coordinates and impels this practice of the negotiation. The arrangement of the actors and the role of each must be clarified by the expression of the vital needs of each and must find root in a territory with limited resources. The territories support our families. They feed us and feed humanity. Earth is our Mother. It is hand in hand, with her, that we must build our future. Some territories are bursting with life and could revive our humanity by listening to these reciprocal needs.
Practicing ecological negotiation means accepting to live together, to listen to one another, to share, and to take one’s right place at the right moment in a perfect balance with the territory and, more generally, with our planet. Respect for nature – silent but present negotiator – is at the heart of this rare and yet daily practice in the business world. This world is still disconnected from the lands on which it is actually actually put into practice.
Ecological negotiation is thus reconnecting the needs of humanity and commercial and financial practices to ecological issues of the first order such as the protection of biodiversity, healthy food, environmental health, climate change…
We know the damage we are doing today to the planet, due to a lack of regulation and long-term visibility on our actions. Today we know and can correct our actions. Let’s act differently. From within what we are, outward. This will gradually bring peace and balance to our beautiful planet.