Life Design Interventions and the Issue of Work

  • Jean GuichardEmail author
Part of the Lifelong Learning Book Series book series (LLLB, volume 23)


In postmodern societies, life design interventions are aimed at helping people direct their active lives. However, since the beginning of vocational guidance, this support has been understood as aiming to include them in the economically dominant system of production and exchanges. Directing one’s active life has been interpreted in ways such as “choosing a job”, “developing an occupational career” or “investing one’s skills in a professional assignment”. However, these dominant modes for organizing work and exchanging its products have massively contributed to the production of major current global crises (such as extreme wealth inequality, global warming, pollution and non-decent work), which the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development intends to resolve. To contribute to this agenda, life design interventions must now help people answer the following question: “how can I (or we) design my (or our) active life (or lives) so as to allow about 10 billion human beings alive in 2050 a truly human life in a world with limited resources?” This implies developing interventions in career counseling and education referring notably to a principle of ecological subsidiarity, which posits that a good or service must be produced and exchanged within the smallest group as economically possible with regards to the ecological footprint of its production and trade. A few drafts of interventions based on this principle are outlined to conclude the section.


Life design interventions Sustainable development Decent work Active life 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Conservatoire National des Arts et MétiersParisFrance
  2. 2.University of WrocławWroclawPoland

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