Current efforts to alleviate the detrimental impact of poverty have failed miserably. A great many of the symptoms that force people to live and remain in impoverished conditions remain largely ignored and go unaddressed altogether. Perhaps worse still, a great many of the underlying causes that are not ignored completely, are further exacerbated by the supposed efforts to eradicate poverty. Complex problems that are systemic in nature, need complex, systemic solutions. This is the case at least, if the solutions are to be introduced as a means to cure the disease and not merely to relieve the symptoms temporarily. The Community Developments and the Community Service Centers are both complex and systemic in nature. These concepts are planned, designed and implemented with a focus on real-world results and the implementation of real and lasting change for the better.
Both types of systems are socially, economically, environmentally and systemically sustainable by design. There is a direct and tangible benefit to the local economy, the local environment and the underclass citizens living within any given region wherein these projects are implemented. While there is a limited, defined investment required for such systems, after they are fully established, not only are they financial and economically sustainable, but can be established in order to provide a positive return on investment. The only question that remains, is which is the better investment? An investment that exacerbates the underlying causes of poverty and benefits none other than the investor? Or a complete, systemic solution that benefits the surrounding environment and everyone involved, including the original investor(s)?
Nearly one-half of the population of the world lives in impoverished conditions. If this is not ample evidence that the current solutions have failed, there is nothing that is ever going to change. Many of those living in abject poverty are living in families wherein multiple generations have lived and/or are living in poverty. It is almost as if it is some surrealistic curse, passed down from generation to generation. Unfortunately, this is in reality, largely due to the fact that most of the current “solutions” for poverty, merely seek to temporarily alleviate the symptoms while they provide absolutely no possibility of actually curing the underlying “disease” or problems.
As if this were not bad enough, the underlying causes of poverty are generally systemic in nature. That is to say, once impoverished, these families can often not afford to provide education for their children, whom lacking an education, cannot get decent jobs and it just continues getting worse from there. Lacking any real hope, these children often grow up becoming addicted to drugs, alcohol or even gambling as a means of escape. Other children grow into a more criminal element and lose whatever modicum of hope for a better life that may be still remaining. This ensures the continuation of the same impoverished conditions for their children and the cycle grows, moving from generation to generation.
The underlying causes of poverty in essence, create a sense of hopelessness and despair that often leads to addictive behaviors and other debilitating conditions that essentially enslaves these people. Feeding the homeless may make someone feel good, but it does little to assist them in being able to feed themselves. The intentions of those assisting these people need not be questioned, but there is often a very real and often cruel difference between intentions and reality. The person crossing the street likely has no intention other than getting across the street. They may not see the bus, they may have been told the bus is there but not paid attention, or they may even believe with every fiber of their being that the bus will stop when they start to cross the street. The reality when they get hit by that bus cares nothing about their intentions.
When everything is said and done, intentions do not matter, only the reality. When these programs do not serve their intended purpose, or even worse, make the problems even worse, even the best of intentions have accomplished nothing more than making the situation worse and leaving people even more in need of hope and help.
It is very difficult to believe that the best and the brightest that the political realm has to offer, are so blind as not to see the adverse impact a great many social assistance programs have had on the recipients. Living on “that side of town” or “on the wrong side of the tracks” can lead to social stigma and even directly and adversely affect the ability of people to find work. Single parents are “rewarded” with an additional income for having more children out of wedlock and “punished” financially when they try to find work. Never mind that the financial gain is a relative pittance, but the financial punishment for attempting to improve their median quality of life is inexcusable.
Those single parents who do attempt to find work, often find themselves suddenly burdened with excessive, oppressive and restrictive daycare rates in addition to financial losses that far outweigh any potential gain they are going to get from any jobs that they can find. These social “assistance” programs are extremely limited in nature and scope, offer blanket solutions for singular symptoms and provide no cure for the underlying causes that have left these people impoverished in the first place.
The real issue of concern is that the underlying causes of poverty are systemic in nature. Most of the purported solutions that are in place, are singular and only seek to alleviate symptoms without ever offering any real cure. Rather than taking such a singular approach to a complex, systemic problem, a comprehensive, meaningful and systemic approach needs to be undertaken if the end results are to be meaningful, effective and lasting. It is both foolish and a complete exercise in futility to believe that a homeless person only needs a home to become a productive, contributing member of society. A person who suffers under the chains of poverty can not merely be fed one time and expect to suddenly have opportunities open to them.
Worse still are those programs that dole out crumbs on a regular basis, only to remove those crumbs when the person tries to improve their personal situation. These programs have historically been proven to do little more than to create a dependency class, whom, after multiple generations, often feel entitled to these crumbs and betrayed when they are not given. A comprehensive and systemic approach is needed that provides sociological support, training, education, assistance and perhaps most importantly of all, real opportunities to enjoy a real improvement in their lives.
Both the Community Developments and the Community Service Centers are complex systems by design. They are wholly and completely sustainable, economically, socially, environmentally and systemically. A system of support is in place to provide assistance with the basic necessities of life for daily living and other means of support, primarily in the areas of childcare when needed, basic food supplies, basic housing, training, education and even offering courses in basic life skills. The recipients of benefits are assured to have a sufficient and viable means of living in place while they actively seek to improve their place in this world. Education and training are provided with roughly ten percent of the work force comprised of the formerly indigent and other underclass citizens. The educational, vocational and/or technical training offered to the individual is based on their individual aptitudes as identified through a series of highly specific aptitude batteries.
Rather than seeking to temporarily alleviate the symptoms of poverty, the Community Developments and the Community Service Centers are focused on establishing the independence and ability of the individual to succeed. Based on the corporate and/or organizational structure operating the Community Developments and/or Community Service Centers, this training will be supplemented by gainful employment in real-world environments. Upon the completion of their training, they can be offered jobs within these same Community Developments, sometimes within the same locations they were trained. Other times, employment will be sought through job placement programs that work hand-in-hand with governmental agencies and other employment services.
Throughout their training, they will also receive courses in basic life skills, learning things such as language skills, basic reading, writing and other scholastic necessities that may be currently lacking, budgeting, effective grocery shopping and menu planning and other skills necessary to more fully integrate into society. The housing provided will be integrated into the local community, so unless these individuals choose to tell people that they are the recipients of assistance, very few people would even be aware of this fact. Thus, the social stigma often associated with impoverished communities or sections of town or even receiving social assistance, is completely removed from the equation. As these individuals and families become more socially adept, they are “replaced” (in the assistance programs) with new recipients of social assistance. How does such a system maintain its integrity and its ability to function though?
The issue of sustainability was a major concern in the design of the system. Sustainable Development, despite so much rhetoric being floated around the internet, is a very real and necessary concern. However, sustainability must not be limited to a singular issue in a complex systemic environment. Environmental, Social and Economic Sustainability are all imperative to the success of any complex system such as these. Sustainability is best defined as being able to provide for all of the basic necessities of life today, without in any way impeding the ability of future generations to provide for their basic necessities of life. Environmental Sustainability is requisite if the human race is to have any hope to survive as a species on this planet.
Economic Sustainability is imperative if the programs are to be expanded and to continue to provide real, meaningful and lasting solutions towards assisting the individual (and the family unit) and eradicating poverty once and for all. Social (or Sociological) Sustainability is absolutely necessary again, as much for the survival of the human species as for any emotional, well-intended ideologies. Together, these address the primary concerns of Sustainable Development as set forth by global “leaders”, but much more importantly, they provide a direct and tangible benefit to everything and everyone around the locations where they are built.
As was previously noted, reality does not care a whit about intention or emotional gratification. These programs are not designed to make people feel good about themselves or to “try” to solve anything. These programs are put in place with an overall principle for the establishment of communities wherein poverty can be eradicated locally, with these efforts growing outward as the programs mature and begin to produce real results in the local areas. The local environment(s) and ecosystems receive a direct benefit from the utilization of sustainable growth and development for all new construction. Furthermore, environmental programs are established that not only create new and more diverse, albeit wholly natural and largely indigenous ecosystems, but also serve to produce a surplus of goods that are utilized for sale on the open markets in addition to providing food and benefits to the employees, community members and those receiving social benefits.
As the economic system matures, it is utilized for the funding of basic necessities, the most important of which are likely the provision of low-cost health and medical care and treatment and educational institutions that provide educational opportunities to community members and to those receiving social assistance, at little or no cost to the individual receiving the education1. The Corporations are owned and answer directly to the people through a Citizen Review Board and an Ombudsman program. Since the corporate entities and/or other structural organizations will be funded by the Community Developers, the local community members serve as shareholders of a sort, thus creating a cyclical, systemic program wherein the individual benefits from the success of the organizations, and the organizations benefit directly from the success of the individuals2. The proceeds from the organizational structures will be invested back into the community through accounts established in a Private Hedge Fund, specifically for and on behalf of the communities and community members3.
Social or Sociological Sustainability is relevant and necessary in order to a Societal Setting that is permanent in nature. Such a system should provide all of the basic necessities of life, but should also provide a host of other opportunities, diversions and activities to allow and encourage the individual to be able to enjoy their lives and not to merely continue existing. Furthermore, while it may be somewhat competitive in nature, as human nature and societies tend to be, but it should also be mutually supportive and an environment that encourages the growth and success of the individual. Sociological support systems need to be put in place to offer a host of opportunities to learn and practice life skills in areas that may be lacking for the individual, and in support of their efforts to enjoy a higher standard of living. These activities however, are integrated into social events that provide an opportunity to learn, but to do so in a fun, friendly environment that again, fosters no detrimental social stigmatization on the recipients … in addition to being provided without cost to the individual.
What would the cost of such a system be however? Would it be financially viable to build such a complex system to provide for those individuals who currently live in dire financial straits? Would such a system be beneficial to the global goals for sustainable development? Moreover, would such a system be financially and economically viable for investors and/or others who sought to create such a system? Such systems are in part, designed with the investor in mind. These programs are not limited to large and cumbersome, often bloated and inefficient bureaucracies, governments and/or non-governmental organizations. The cost is extensive, but not to the level of many (failed) programs already in place.
Furthermore, the established Community Developments and Community Service Centers are structured to provide a long-term, secured return to the original investors. While it is not seen as a necessarily (or overly) profitable business model sufficient to be the sole course of business for a corporate entity at this time, such a business concept may not be out of place in the near future. In the meantime, for larger investors who want to diversify their investment portfolios and to gain major traction in globally relevant areas such as Sustainable Development and global leaders in environmental and humanitarian causes … and to enjoy all of the positive public relations returns on such an investment, it is well within the range of affordability.
When someone is seeking out investments, at the end of the day, they are looking for a positive return on that investment. While the required amounts will vary depending on numerous factors, the additional savings are important to note as well. The establishment of a full community development, largely underground with environmental programs covering the surface areas, are going to be more expensive. The establishment of a basic, standard Community Service Center is going to be substantially less than some corporate interests currently pay for public relations alone.
The overall design of these complex, systemic and sustainable developments is not, at the end of the day, merely about generating a positive return, though that is certainly possible for long-term investors. Nor should these complex systems for the eradication of poverty be seen merely as a means to get rich and be favored by the press and governments and their agents and agencies. However, for the long-term investor who understands the value inherent in being a global leader in Sustainable Development, Environmental Sustainability and the pursuit of humanitarian ventures, such an investment opportunity is substantially more than merely viable.
1A system is also put in place to provide real, financial incentive to the individual for their improving their personal situation in life, and to avoid the creation of a class that is wholly dependent upon the society and/or the individual programs. Creating a complacent, dependent society is not an option, though that premise will require an entirely separate article … which is on the list but has not been written yet.
2Again, the established system is complex in nature and will require an additional article for a complete explanation, though it is also on the list of articles to be written.
3It should also be noted that these programs and the overall economic sustainability are currently theorized to be capable of dealing with the impending economic and financial crises that will arise as a direct result of automation and the technological revolution that is already upon us. Research in these areas is currently ongoing with results to be published as they are written.