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CFP: Special issue on the Commons and Political Ecology

--  Gabriel Weber:

We are writing to you on behalf of Ecologia Politica, a semi-annual journal in Spanish addressing environmental questions and their link to society. The journal is more than 20 years old and distributed mainly in Spain and Latin America. Its target is academics and environmental/social organisations. You can find more information underwww.ecologiapolitica.info, where you can also download the digital version of the first 41 issues.

The next issue will be focused on "Commons" which will be published in June, 2013. We would like to invite you to send us proposals of articles about this topic or proposals of people who could write a good article about it. We publish the following types of articles:

  • In-depth articles related to the main subject of the issue. These are articles which analyse the topic in detail, and their length should be approximately 8 pages.
  • Short articles with a regional approach and related to the main subject of the issue. They analyse a concrete case study and are approximately 4 pages long.
  • Opinion articles related to the subject of the issue. They give a personal and critical vision of the subject matter. 
  • Articles about resistance or social movements related to the subject matter.

The proposals should include an abstract of the article. Deadline for sending proposals of articles will be 8/03/13 and deadline for sending the final version will be 3/05/13. The proposals have to be sent tosecretariado@ecologiapolitica.info.

We are looking forward to receive your proposals. If you have any questions or you want more information about details please don't hesitate to contact us.

Best wishes,
Coordination of Ecología Política journal.



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Comment by daniela terrile on February 28, 2013 at 17:24

hi love to participate

i will send an abstract of my thesis on participatory leadership in urban planning, via the use of systemic constellation; reference is made to EU directive on participatory leadership and the system working process

love and peace from bxl


Comment by daniela terrile on February 28, 2013 at 17:38

5.0       Directive 2003/35/EC –sense making approach


            A practical example where to use systemic constellation could be the implementation of the DIRECTIVE 2003/35/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 26 May 2003 providing for public participation in respect of the drawing up of certain plans and programmes relating to the environment and amending with regard to public participation and access to justice Council Directives 85/337/EEC and 96/61/EC


            On 25 June 1998 the Community signed the UN/ECE Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-Making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (the Århus Convention). Community law should be properly aligned with that Convention with a view to its ratification by the Community.   Among the objectives of the Århus Convention is the desire to guarantee rights of public participation in decision-making in environmental matters in order to contribute to the protection of the right to live in an environment which is adequate for personal health and wellbeing.


Since the objective of the proposed action, namely to contribute to the implementation of the obligations arising under the Århus Convention, cannot be sufficiently achieved by the Member States and can therefore, by reason of the scale and effects of the action, be better achieved at Community level, the Community may adopt measures in accordance with the principle of subsidiarity as set out in Article 5 of the Treaty.  The systemic constellation could be an effective tool to explore why these obligations are not sufficiently achieved by Members States, what are the impeachments, and, on the contrary, identify those countries where these obligations haven been fully achieved.


Figure 1: Levels of Change


Member States could be defined as a group:  as part of a larger system, the Member State could be activated (Team) starting from the single public administrators (self): from a change point of view, the different actors could be perceived as "Drivers" and their awareness and capacities could active the 'change' could be addressed as "Levels".

Karl E. Weick has defined the phases of sense-making as:

1. The activation (enactment), i.e. that process of interaction of the individual with the ecological environment ";
2. The selection (selection), according to which the individual operates the choices, eliminating the ambiguity contained in the flows of the experience;
3. Retention (retention), that is the phase in which the selected information is processed and integrated into the "cognitive maps" standards.

The concept of "ecological change" means changes that attract attention and start a process of sense-making at the same time portraying the raw material. As long as everything goes as usual, there's virtually no opportunity for the creation of meaning. The term enactment indicates cognitive interaction and operation of the protagonists with their environment. On one hand, the protagonists react to changes extrapolating certain aspects of context and trying to name them, on the other hand, with their (re-) actions have caused themselves of changes.        Enactment produces "multiple - speeches" that serve as raw material for the sense-making. In a second step, people attach a meaning to these "discourses".   This is the stage of "selection" as they apply orders and / or structures that have the form of causal maps. They contain variables whose relevance is ensured by previous experiences. The "retention" involves storing the results of the selection and their integration into causal maps that give meaning to the phenomena observed.

            Through this methodology it could be activated that process of implementation of this Directive which enables transparency and enhance civil society commitment towards their territory:  a shift of paradigm: from "sight to seeing": I cannot have a broader systemic vision, if I cannot see that particular element in my daily life.



Comment by Michel Bauwens on March 1, 2013 at 3:31


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