Sustainable development

The cindynic methodology is particularly suited to the operational efficiency of sustainable development: on the one hand, Cindynics allow to address the issues related to the risks-conflict-development complex, and on the other hand, sustainable development is based on three pillars: environment, social, and economic.

In particular, risk prevention concerns both environmental risks and risks to humans, notably psycho-social risks and health risks: risk management thus comes under the environment and social pillars of sustainable development. More generally, a topology of risk prevention can rely on three classes of entities: human, technology, and environment, each of which can be either a source or a target of danger. For example, technology can threaten the human and the environment (technological risk), human activities can threaten the environment, and the environment can threaten the human (natural disasters, pandemics ...).

A first key concept is the concept of vulnerability: the cindynic methodology aims to reduce the vulnerabilities of situations, in other words, to build resilience.

However, in practice, reducing vulnerabilities and building resilience can run into operational difficulties, which goes against the protection of the social and environment pillars of sustainable development. A second key concept is that of friction, ie the difference between the operations planned 'on the paper' and what is achieved in practice.

Second order Cindynics allow to identify divergences and disparities of perception among actors as sources of conflictualities causing these phenomena of friction. By identifying and reducing these disparities and divergences, the cindynic methodology reduces the friction phenomena, and allows a better operational efficiency of any action aiming at the protection of the environment pillar or the social pillar.

In addition, the reduction of conflictualities also makes it possible to reduce the friction phenomena affecting development operations: the cindynic methodology also benefits the development pillar by allowing operational efficiency gains.

The concept of conflictuality covers both weak or 'everyday' conflictualities and strong conflictualities, leading to conflicts in the traditional sense: the cindynic methodology allows the reduction of conflictualities, ie the reduction of the situations' propensities to degenerate into open conflicts. Conflicts threaten both the human, his health, his environment, and economic development. Thus, in June 2018, a UN report notes that conflicts hamper the sustainable development goals. By reducing conflictualities, cindynics benefit the three pillars of sustainable development.

One of the advantages of the cindynic methodology is its ability to simultaneously manage inseparable issues in the areas of risk, conflict, and development, without dividing problems, thus without masking solutions and without creating problems in related areas. In a way, the cindynic methodology allows for a simultaneous operational approach to the three pillars of sustainable development, which must be understood as inseparable.


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