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Contributors: Aillon, Jean-Louis, Dr. (Movimento per la Decrescita felice)


M.D., trainee in dynamic psychotherapy. Vice-president of the "Movimento per la Decrescita Felice", coordinator of "Health and Degrowth" group. Concerning research, he is working in the issues related to the degrowth, health and youth distress, particularly in the context of critical ethnopsychiatry

Scientific paper contribution 1: “Health and Degrowth”, a new paradigm in the field of sustainability
Abstract: The current model of development is not compatible with protection and promotion of health of present and future generations. It is necessary to question and overturn the current economic system, implementing, both in health and generally, the degrowth theory. We will describe the paradigm of “Health and Degrowth” and propose four steps in order to achieve it, deriving from the application of the virtuous circle of eight R’s on health (S. Latouche). 1) Re-evaluation and reconceptualization of the ideas of health, illness and care. 2) Restructuring health services following the new health conceptualization, appropriateness, primary health care model (re-localization), independence from big stakeholders, a systemic, global and multidisciplinary approach. 3) Health promotion and prevention acting on socio-economic, environmental and cultural determinants of health. 4) Involvement of citizens and patients in health management. The experience of the new-born “Italian network for Health and sustainability” will be presented.

Scientific paper contribution 2: “Degrowth, youth and utopia: understanding the roots of distress in order to take ownership of our future
Abstract: Degrowth thinkers have mostly focused on the analysis of the adults’ reality while the world of youth, although retaining some similarities, requires a different approach. Teenagers find themselves alone in dealing with the meaning of life surrounded by a decadent world, in a scenario in which the future of the "promised land" has become a threat. Uprooted from their past but with no ability to project themselves in any future, left without guidance, it is almost impossible for youngsters to find their own way, thus ending up groping in the dark of an eternal present, easy prey for the market and its mirages. An analysis of the psycho, social and cultural discomfort of the young generations will be conducted, scrutinizing this world through the lens of the degrowth theory, looking for alternative horizons, where the concept of utopia can resume its critical role in driving human cultural evolution.

Scientific paper contribution 3: Well-being as a social must. But is well-being healthy? This contribution (poster) is authored by Francesca Gardiol, and presented by Jean-Louis Aillon.
Abstract: Today the frantic search for well-being seems to be a social must: living well has become the new imperative, sadness, anger, anxiety, are feelings to be deleted. Subjective well-being is actually a normative construct, that is the product of the values and core principles in a culture. In the consumer society the most important aim is a "happy life"; the necessary condition for being happy is to possess and consume certain items and enjoy a certain lifestyle, and being happy is a hallmark of respectability and therefore also of dignity and self-esteem. If we are not happy it’s our fault and we are inadequate. We should start thinking about a new idea of ecological well-being where well-being is no longer thought of as individual happiness of any kind, but as a holistic concept that reinstates the notions of community, negative emotions, sense of limits.