A Knowledge-Based Meta-Paradigm for Sustainable Development


At the supra-level, value-laden mythological knowledge facilitates or hinders sustainable development in many ways and could give rise to a meta-paradigm of ‘sustainabilism’, incorporating vital knowledge for a new world knowledge order. This meta-paradigm could emerge in interaction with, in comlementarity and in conjunction / opposition with other powerful paradigms influencing sustainable development. These include hygienism (HIV), regionalism (integration), hedonism, messianism, christianism, islamism, animism, mysticism, shamanism, charlatanism, fundamentalism, modernism, environmentalism, naturalism, democracism, tribalism, ethnocism, socialism, capitalism, liberalism, scientism, technologism (bio, ICTs), pacifism, consumerism (eco-consumption, GMOs), universalism (UN), feminism, humanism (genocide), nationalism, patriotism, independentism (movements in many African countries) and globalism.


Globalism, for instance, could be pursed within the framework of a more equal, just, fraternal, cohesive, eco- responsible and sustainable mythological world society, with world identity, world citizenship and knowledge rights (a distant reality). Such a society would require a re-conceptualization of knowledge for sustainable development, including its concentration (centric, un-centric, poly-centric), its hierarchization (hierarchic, un-hierarchic, poly-hierarchic), its distribution (competence, poly-competence, specialization) and its globalization (migration, transmigration).


There is a need to evolve a meta-paradigm of sustainabilism, coherent with a mythological sustainable world society, and investigate how various types and structures of knowledge can better contribute to its realization. This calls for a reproblematization of sustainable development on a global scale.