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Sustainability Calling by Patrick Corsi, Pierre Massotte

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7Aging and Survival: Application to Human Beings, Eusociality and an Inclusive Society

7.1. A general consideration: what is new behind life?

Beyond the notions of birth and death, this chapter is intended to develop some aspects related to the survival of enterprises. Here, we do not consider an enterprise as a whole. Indeed, human resources are a key asset of the enterprise and talking in terms of enterprise survival requires us to discuss and develop this subject matter: the so-called evolution and survival of humans in such economic or financial environments will strongly influence the underlying aging processes of a company.

7.2. A little bit more about aging, survival and eusociality

The aging a humans, like the aging of a company or a civilization, is not an individual problem: it is a global societal phenomenon, since a complete population and the society as a whole are involved by this fact. Presently, according to the advances gained in sociobiology, we can state that:

  • – an aging population is not just a demographic problem, but it also has some societal impacts;
  • – any agent (and people too) is subject to aging and then to death, because the structure of the markets, the social, consumer, health and working conditions are changing and evolving, etc;
  • – education and hiring of young people is increasingly delayed: a long time ago, an individual was at work from the age of 12; now, a graduate student is still studying at 24 and is not yet ready to leave the family nest; ...

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