The Inter/Trans-Disciplinary Balancing Act: The Exclusive/Inclusive Determinants, Processes, and Consequences That Impact our Socio-Economic Systems
Susu Nousala, Marie Davidová
In order to understand present conditions and the complexities, a review of past thinking that links us to a range of future, emergent possibilities may be necessary. Financial, digital and social landscapes are seldom static and those with the responsibility of maintaining and striving for natural-socio-economic equilibrium, have a never-ending task of sweeping back a dynamic, systemic tide.
The undesirable impacts of an unbalanced ICT (information, communication technology) focus based progress was voiced almost two decades ago by Huesing and Selhofer (2002), an argument that was reflected in the term “info-exclusion”. Observations regarding the digital age being “not so much as exclusion from information but rather by information” (ibid). This discussion relates purely to humans, not consider other species and other impacts.
Fast-forwarding to current experiences and observations, and we see how the close links between societal structures, financial landscapes and individuals currently interact. There seem to be echos from the past regarding basic questions of imbalance between the pace of ICT infrastructures, and the skills sets or accessibility of the societies it strives to service. This imbalance seems to suggest an emergent result, one of disconnection (Holt-Lunstad et al., 2015) but also cyclical, emergent impact (Nousala & Whyte, 2010) that repeats when the imbalance approaches a tipping point between the determining elements of the natural-socio-economic fabric.