Contributors: Reichel, André, Prof. Dr. (Karlshochschule, Germany)
Dr. André Reichel ist seit September 2014 Professor für Critical Management & Sustainable Development an der Karlshochschule International University in Karlsruhe. Forschungsschwerpunkte sind betriebswirtschaftlichen Perspektive auf die Postwachstumsökonomie. Weitere Infos: www.andrereichel.de
André Reichel organizes the special session "Walk the line: Transformative practices for post-growth consumption & production" at the conference (for more information, please refer to the programme).
He contributes to the two special sessions: Degrowth Technologies I & II:
André Reichel (Zeppelin University, Friedrichshafen): There is no (non-technological) way out –Evaluating the odds for postgrowth technologies from a system-theoretical perspective.
Scientific paper contribution: Technology as system: towards an autopoietic theory of technology
Abstract: This contribution develops a new notion of technology based on core ideas of Niklas Luhmann’s sociological system theory. Technology will be conceptualised as a self-making, self-referencing system, distinct from society and the human individual. Its basal operation is information in the medium of operativeness, processing along the binary code of work/fail. Through close coupling with social systems as well as with human developers and users of technology, technological evolution is ensured as a co-evolutive network of technology and society. Thereby technology irritates society in a way that social reality is created by technology and all progress in technology as well as in society is now decided through technological means. This has great effects when dealing with the ecological crisis and the need for sustainable development. This will be illustrated with the example of the automobile in past, present and possible futures.