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Life-and working-design interventions for constructing a sustainable human(e) world

Abstract : Since their very beginning, most of the "life design interventions" (which were previously named vocational guidance, career counseling or career education) developed in the 20 th century, have focused on the facilitation of access to available occupational functions and, especially, to paid employment. However, the severe crises afflicting the world at present compel us to inquire in how much the current forms of work organization, as well as of the organization of the exchange of work's products, have been accessory to triggering them. These organization forms are very efficient, but have negative consequences both for the planet (pollution, depletion of natural resources, etc.) and for the self-construction and health of a significant number of workers (exhaustion, stress, sense of worthlessness, burnout, occupational diseases, depression, suicide, etc.). But work as such is much more than just paid-work. Many work activities are exchanged in ways other than monetary ones (e‧g., domestic work). Work has indeed a psychological function of praxis: people seek to satisfy their need for achievement by engaging in production of goods and services. This desire of achievement and self-fulfillment through working makes it possible to develop life-design interventions that address the issue of constructing a human(e) sustainable world. Such interventions would be designed around the counselees' reflection in which their inclusion in the current world of work would be secondary to the overriding concern of their individual contribution, by their humane and decent work activities, to the development of a good life, with and for others, in just institutions, to ensure the sustainability of a genuine human life on earth.
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Jean Guichard. Life-and working-design interventions for constructing a sustainable human(e) world. Studia Poradoznawcze/Journal of Counsellogy , University of Lower Silesia, Poland, 2016, 5, pp.179-190. ⟨hal-03245058⟩

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