Fueling Sustainability through Self-Concept Transformation
N. Abreu†*, J. Begeman††, M. O’Carroll††
Increased social sustainable practice can be promoted through psychological environments that stimulate individual sustainable manifestation or self-sustainability. It is widely accepted that the frame of reference for most human endeavors – including economic, environmental, and social sustainability – is related to one’s pursuit of survival, well-being and development. Specific priorities and actions emerge from paradigms adopted by individuals. The relationship between proneness to sustainable action and one’s self- and world-views is explored through a pilot survey; an overview of emerging alternate worldviews influenced by contemporary studies of ethics, consciousness, and physics; and the International Academy of Consciousness – a European campus dedicated to the scientific study of subjective experience.
Keywords: consciousness, sustainability, sustainable communities, paradigm shift
Nelson C. Abreu studies at the
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at
John B. Begeman is an environmentalist, artist, and architect. Begeman graduated from the
Michelle R. O’Carroll received a B.A. in architecture from the University of Florida in 2005 with a concentration in psychology; she continues to assimilate the immediacy of the mind/matter connection through her studies with the International Academy of Consciousness, the New York School of Feng Shui, the Florida Vedic College, the International Institute of Building Biology, the University of Integrated Sciences, and the departments of Urban Design and Sustainable Construction at UF. O’Carroll is the co-founder of Thoscene Design, an architecture firm inspired by a sustainable vision and post-Cartesian models.