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Education for Sustainable Development and the Platform Society

Education for Sustainable Development and the Platform Society
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Author(s): Max Shatkin (Povolzhsky Institute of Management Named After P.A. Stolypin, RANEPA, Russia)
Copyright: 2023
Pages: 13
Source title: Digitalization, New Media, and Education for Sustainable Development
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Lars Keller (University of Innsbruck, Austria), Gerd Michelsen (Leuphana University, Germany), Martin Dür (University of Innsbruck, Austria), Syamsul Bachri (Universitas Negeri Malang, Indonesia) and Michaela Zint (University of Michigan, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-5033-5.ch004


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The chapter explores the risks of the platform society to sustainability and how education for sustainability (ESD) can address these risks. The platform society is built on a business model that depends on network effects and user productivity. It, therefore, with the help of algorithms, bots, and AI, maintains the kind of content that can stimulate user engagement. This content is often related to the polarization of society, the deepening of political conflicts, and the diffusion of biased opinions. The response of ESD can be the concept of devalorisation of society, which means the orientation of the development of society toward the reduction of the ecological costs of human and social habitation. Pedagogical approaches that can embody the concept of devalorisation in ESD include the widespread use in teaching of triple bottom line, meta-analysis of social media information, elaboration of transition scenarios between different futures, and the nurturing of ecological solidarity.

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