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Roots of and Solutions for Poverty
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The problems with poverty are multi-faceted, including both causes and effects that are systemic and … dare it be said … self-sustaining and dynamic in nature, often exacerbating the original causes and creating an ever-increasing detrimental impact for those under its grasp.

There should be no doubt at this stage, that the many government “social assistance” programs have led to an expansion of the causes and subsequently, to the number of people adversely impacted and continuing to live in impoverished conditions.

The same path is being actively sought out by some who believe that we can just hand someone a minimal cash paycheck each and every month and all of these problems will magically disappear.

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The Government Dependency Class
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There is a lot to be said for charitable work but in order to be effective, it cannot be about intentions, feelings, emotions or any other intangible concept. For charitable work to be effective and meaningful, it must provide long-term, viable solutions to problems that currently exist and allow for the creation of environments that necessitate charitable giving. 

Unfortunately, we have seen and are living through the very real environment allowed to foment from the creation of a dependency class that rather than solving any issues, has created an entire class of people who not only rely on government (read taxpayer) subsidies, but whom are now reluctant at best to do anything to actually improve their lot in life.

Everybody needs a hand up from time to time and some people seem to have the worst of fortune and find themselves in exceedingly difficult circumstances on a somewhat regular basis but the key to successful charity is sustainability … of both the charitable programs and the results.

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Whole System Fish Farm and Vertical Farming
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A lot of people have asked about fish farming and also how to maximize garden space, and while such topics are normally approached separately, in this particular case, the solution is combined and comprehensive, thus, so is the explanation and the instructions for how to build it.

It is indeed possible to build a combination fish farm and vertical farm together, each continually “feeding” the other in what is for all intents and purposes, a complete micro-ecosystem.

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Philippine Humanitarian and Charitable Projects
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Projects we are working on and would like some help getting more well known. 

I am presently working with a zero budget but I do not want charity so much as an opportunity … for which I need some serious help marketing this. We will also need to get some decent camera equipment so that we can document some of our work. I have a little Canon but it takes two pictures and even brand new rechargeable batteries are dead. We have worked with ENRO both nationally and locally but have no documentation as well as the work we have done locally for the homeless and poor. All of that has effectively been a wasted effort in regards to the potential for marketing and growth so that you and I can get on payroll as soon as possible. We need both still and video cameras to document our work if we are going to use it as a means for marketing and growth. Lighting is damn near impossible to find here too so if we could find some aluminum drop lights even, that would be awesome. (Mind you we do use 220 volts here but for most lamps, that should not be an issue) I am including a list of projects with approximate prices we set up last year and that we would be ready to do within a week generally should you know anyone who wishes to start marketing them. 

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Ancient Farming Technologies
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There is no doubt that technology has advanced by leaps and bounds over the last century. Some technologies … computers in this particular instance … are already outdated by the time they hit the retail store shelves. Nobody is advocating giving up computers and going back to the days of the abacus and the slide rule, nor should they.

Why is it then, that we continue to advance agricultural technologies that are decades or in some cases, hundreds of years old? Why are we still using ancient farming technologies in the day of the technological automation revolution?

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STATED GOALS AND PURPOSES in Philippine Operations
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STATED GOALS AND PURPOSES

  • The incremental and complete eradication of poverty within the Philippines and around the world

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Large-Scale Food Forests and Reforestation Efforts
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Permaculture, by its very nature, generally seeks to avoid the destruction of existing ecological systems, even while at the same time replacing them with wholly natural, albeit man-made ecological systems in their stead. Perhaps however, the time has come to replace this thinking, not only in terms of regulation and restrictions, but in terms of acts and actions.

If nothing else, the food forests will be substantially beneficial in creating a more symbiotic and mutually beneficial existence between plants, the animal kingdom and humanity. One thing for certain about human nature, is that unless there is a real and tangible benefit for humanity, humans are likely not going to continue taking the sustainable path.

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Sustainability and size. Does size matter for sustainable development?
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Whole System Sustainable Developments or systemically sustainable developments are an admirable if not necessary goal for the future of humanity, the planet and the overall capacity for the continuation of human growth and development.

Is it possible though, that there may be times when sustainable development is not possible? What are the contributing factors that would prevent development from being conducted in a sustainable fashion? If a development is not sustainable in nature, should it ever be built?

The answers may be somewhat surprising, if not disturbing at least to a limited degree, but also necessary if a realistic approach is going to be taken to ensure the future of Human Growth and Development for the entirety of humankind.

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Why is sustainability unsustainable
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An Introduction to the Incorporated Foundation Organizational Structure and Whole System Sustainable Development

There is a great deal of lip service being paid to “Sustainability” and “Green” these days, primarily coming from for-profit industries and governments … none of whom have a very stellar record in actual matters of sustainable development. While efforts have certainly been undertaken, ostensibly for the sake of matters of sustainability, most of these end up being very little other than clever marketing tools designed to increase sales or campaign donations, or otherwise to directly benefit a very small, select group of individuals.

One thing that we must regrettably face is that the very same governments that put us in this situation are not likely to suddenly rise up together in a new and improved benevolent state. The fact of the matter is that current efforts for sustainable development are imperative for the survival of the human species, but if there is any real change to be made, it must come from the private sector and the people. But how?

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Understanding Sociological Sustainability
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Sociological (or Social) Sustainability is by far, the most frequently overlooked aspect of Systemic Sustainability. This is understandable in some ways, as human nature is fickle even on the best of days. The psychological nature of humanity is difficult to comprehend. The same people who would risk sacrificing themselves to save one another from a natural disaster, may very well kill each other on a whim should their respective governments decide it is time for war.

Some will claim that people are inherently good, but if this is the case, why must children be taught that it is wrong to steal and to lie? Attempting to fit all of the quirks of human nature into an already complex system is … challenging to say the least … but also necessary if true Systemic Sustainability is to be a realistic goal to be attained.

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What is the difference between sociology and sustainability
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I recently had something of a minor issue with some of the Sociologists I am working with in regards to Community Building and issues of Sustainability. It seems that all my numbers for production are quite viable. It would seem that mathematically at least, the world can contain and care for far more people than exist today and manage quite well as long as we do our part to take good care of the world that takes care of us.

In fact, our little “row” started over this very fact. While they do acknowledge that systemically at least, the world will sustain many times the current population. Their argument however, is that population density itself is unsustainable. In my mind at least, it seems that in their desire to grant people the freedom to live better, they would deny them the opportunity to live as they desire.

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