Survival: Climate change and innovation of habits toward more social responsibility of humans

Dr. Dr. Matjaz Mulej, Prof. Emeritus

(Systems and Innovation Theory)

University of Maribor, Slovenia,

International Academy for Systems and Cybernetic Sciences (Vienna, Austria),President,

IRDO Institute for Development of Social Responsibility, Maribor, Slovenia


Abstract: The European Union’s definition of innovation is broader in its basic document than in its statistics, which reflects the technological innovation only. Thus, the practical decision making has a one-sided and therefore misinforming basis. This has lasted for the entire industrial and information society periods. The dangerous climate change results from this absence, or lack, of requisite holism. The recent decade has seen official awareness of this dangerous absence of holism: United Nations and European Union launched documents supportive of social responsibility. In 2010 the ISO 26000 went a crucial step further: it calls (1) holism and (2) interdependence the two common denominators of social responsibility. Thus, these documents are asking for innovation of habits for humankind to overcome its dangerous economic theory of so far – the neo-liberalistic abuse of Adam Smith’s liberalism. Climate change can be addressed, once this innovation of habit, not technology only, has been attained by promotion of social responsibility.

Key words: climate change, innovation, neo-liberalism, requisite holism, social responsibility

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15 - 16 October 2020