On what basis do we say something is ‘good’ for humanity, or brings human ‘progress’? This was precisely the research conducted by Anne Snick for her PhD in Philosophy of Education. (If you want the official title, it was “the ethical and epistemological foundations of pedagogical judgments.”) For about ten years she was involved in various research projects at KU Leuven and VITO.
She also worked for more than twenty years in the field of poverty and sustainability, where she learned to better understand the systemic roots of poverty and of ecological degradation. Snick describes these roots as “manifold, complex and entangled,” ranging from language (e.g. how we define work) to money systems (e.g. how to design currencies that serve the well-being of communities).
Snick co-developed a transdisciplinary methodology involving women in poverty with migrant backgrounds as co-experts. This approach helps to understand that Western society – including its science and economics – is deeply influenced by ancient cultural narratives. Today, she works as a researcher, facilitator, teacher and writer. Her main current focus is on what kind of narratives are necessary to prepare youth for a future which will be highly uncertain and radically different from the present.
In other words, a highly relevant talk for us all to attend at and&.