Investing in health through hygiene

An improvement in sanitation and cleanliness will eliminate much of the difference in malnutrition between India and the rest of the world, and across Indian States


Systemic Thinking that is… nothing can be seen in isolation. Everything is interconnected and interdependent?

Health is connected to everything else, hygiene (as the article posits) but also energy, material and cultural infrastructure, environment, climate change, food security and agriculture, financial security, ethics, business models, political decision-making, law, housing, and so many more aspects… For me, this article this although informed by some systemic vision, doesn’t go all the way to an integrated systemic vision…

If you view the material world as a network of inseparable patterns of relationships, the planet as a whole as a living, self-regulated system, the human body: the brain, the immune system, the bodily tissues, and even each cell as one cognitive system, evolution as a cooperative dance in which creativity and the constant emergence of novelty are the driving  forces… You will have to come to the conclusion that with new emphasis on complexity, networks, and patterns of organization, a new science of qualities is slowly emerging.

And you will conclude that the only way to look at any problem can only come out of a unified, systemic vision that includes and integrates life’s biological, cognitive, social and ecological dimensions with deep philosophical, spiritual and policy implications.

In my opinion such integrated view is urgently needed if we want to deal with the global crises we are confronted with, if we want to protect the continuation and flourishing of life on earth.

See on Scoop.itThe future of food health and agriculture


About charlesvanderhaegen

I am a grandfather of an immensely inspiring family, thanks to the most incredible wife. To satisfy my family's needs, I was for 30 years business entrepreneur, roller coasting between success and failure. 17 years ago I was forced to stop and reflect. I dug into theory and discovered the World out there, that my involvement in Business had kept hidden to me. I feared that I will not escape remaining amidst my trans-disciplinary quest forever, bouncing back and forth from action to theory, always puzzled by Europe's apparent incapacity to free itself from its Institutional/Technological Lock-ins. My horizon opened up when Gunter Pauly, my intimate friend of 35 years, asked me to join him and take charge ZERI's development in Europe. I am now fully engaged alongside Gunter Pauli in the and the @myblueeconomy Networks as CEO of ZERI.EU vzw (Non for Profit association)
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