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How do you Make Sustainability a Sustainable Process?
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How do you Make Sustainability a Sustainable Process?

Are there effective solutions to implement sustainable development?

Why is virtually every effort at sustainable development currently unsustainable? Sustainability, like so many other very important terms, has become little more than a catch phrase. Terms like “green” and “eco-friendly” and “sustainability” have become more commonly used as nothing more than keywords used to increase marketing and sales.

Singular solutions that focus on little more than placing the proverbial band-aid over the bullet-hole are prevalent. Focusing on singular resolution of the symptoms will not allow for any real progress to be made against what are in reality complex and systemic problems.

What are the Current Problems With Sustainable Development?

Sustainability and virtually every associated term seems to have become little more than a means to increase marketing and sales these days. We have “green production” because we recycle our waste. Never mind the fact that more ground is torn up than ever before in the mining, and the recycling efforts create more pollution than that which was avoided.

Nations around the world have implemented “social assistance” programs that financially reward single parent households and other poor life decisions while at the same time financially punishing traditional options like marriage, and forcing single mothers to pay for their own child care and other needs when they seek out viable job opportunities and a means to become productive and contributing members of society.

After more than one hundred years of non-governmental organizations that were ostensibly introduced to put an end to warfare, we still have wars constantly raging around the world. These same agencies have been tasked with environmental concerns, yet climate change continues to accelerate. These agencies have further been tasked with the eradication of poverty, but despite this, nearly one-half of the population of the world lives in abject poverty.

Any attempt to put an immediate end to these programs, despite their inefficacy, would be wholly detrimental to those marginalized persons most in need of help and support. However, it should at the same time, be readily apparent that these programs have ultimately failed more than just the marginalized individuals and families.

These unsuccessful programs have put the world in a very precarious position that has the capacity to effectively end the human race and destroy the only planet that we know will support our lives. The question should not be about whether or not there is a viable solution, but what can be done without destroying humanity or the planet.

In this article, there will be a focus on the problems only insofar as it is necessary to understand them, quantify them and to understand what is needed for viable, long-term, and effective solutions. Once the problems are more well understood, the logic and reasoning behind the solutions presented here in will become more clear and completely comprehended. 

What are the primary ideas of Sustainable development?

Why Singular Solutions for Complex Systemic Problems do Not Work

The reality of the world in which we all live is that complex and systemic problems will always require complex and systemic results. A strip of duct tape may temporarily stem the leak from that rusty water pipe in that two hundred year old mansion, but the truth be told, all of the plumbing will need to be replaced in order to make the problems go away.

The United Nations Goals for Sustainable Development should be lauded, but like any of these other failed programs, they need to be seriously reconsidered and revised. If we lived in a perfect world, such programs would not be needed at all. As it is, we are all imperfect humans, living in an imperfect world, ruled by imperfect leaders.

Self-righteous indignation can be a powerful tool, but if all it leads to is an emotional diatribe railing against the current system, while at the same time offering nothing more than impossible platitudes, what purpose has been served? What problems have been resolved? All that has been accomplished is a popular uprising that offers more of the same methods that created the current morass to begin with.

To Dream the Impossible Dream – Equality of Outcome

Much is preached these days about the inequitable distribution of wealth around the globe. There are countless academic theories, propositions and other papers seeking to address these issues, but reality should always be factored into the equation at the same time.

It was once noted that in theory at least, there is no difference between theory and the practical application of that theory. In practice, or in practical application, there are countless “real-world” variables that will poke most theories so full of holes that any remnants of the original theory would be virtually unrecognizable.

The technical term for this is a “theory-practice gap”. Add in a healthy dose of human nature and we enter onto a path of the social sciences that many fear to tread, and most only circumvent. The leaders of the enlightenment, their more modern contemporaries and any others among those who are counted with the greats in the social sciences, should be well-studied and contemplated.

A comprehensive study of Nietzsche, Solzhenitsyn, Kant, among so many others, will indicate that the inclusion of human nature presents with it, the greatest of challenges. The Lorenz Curve is the means by which the inequality of wealth and its distribution is charted. It helps to visualize the inequitable distribution of wealth between the people of this world in which we live.

What if the Lorenz Curve were flattened completely by equitably divvying up all of the wealth in the world tomorrow? How many days would it take before it began to rise? How long would it take the Lorenz Curve to start with a small growth and increase exponentially?

In reality, some would gamble away their fortunes almost immediately. Some would frivolously spend all their new-found wealth on so much that they lacked the ability to maintain that which they purchased, losing it yet again. Some humans would invest wisely while others invested poorly.

The world remains an imperfect place full of imperfect people, led by imperfect leaders through imperfect forms of government. Does this mean that there cannot be a happy ending? Does it mean that all that is needed is to tax the rich and feed the poor until there are no rich no more? (Paraphrasing a band named Ten Years After from the song “I'd Love To change the world)

How likely is it that safe and secure housing environments could be provided for everyone? In all honesty, it would seem that this is well within the realm of reason and possibility, but what problems would it solve? Would providing housing end homelessness?

How do families, some of whom have been homeless for multiple generations, and others who have been impoverished for multiple generations learn to become productive and contributing members of society? Is it possible to create such a result using the current methods of paying them a pittance for survival, while at the same time charging them more than they can afford for other necessary expenses required to improve their median quality of life?

Singular solutions are incapable of resolving complex and systemic problems, and often do nothing more than exacerbate the underlying conditions, ultimately making the problems worse. The only viable solution and the only real manner by which sustainability will become truly sustainable is through a more comprehensive focus on whole system sustainable development or systemic sustainability.

How do you Understand Whole System Sustainable Development – Including Human Growth and Development

An explanation of sustainable developmentRecycling all of the waste does not make a project “green” or “sustainable”, especially when more pollution is created in the recycling of those materials than was created making them to begin with. A charity or any other organization that must spend vast amounts of its donations seeking out additional donations to just stay afloat, is not sustainable by any definition of the term.

Even those environmental programs that do serve to protect the environment effectively, but at the expense of allowing humanity to enjoy those environments is not sustainable in any real fashion. Conversely, how can one encourage social behavior that will allow humankind to enjoy these pristine locales without destroying the environment?

Singular sustainability is in fact, exactly why so much of “sustainable development” is unsustainable in its current form. The only means by which these programs can be effective is to focus on systemically sustainable growth and development. Singular solutions may alleviate symptoms, but they are incapable of solving the root problems or causes.

Complex systemic solutions however, resolve not only the symptoms, but allow for solutions to be implemented for the ultimate eradication of the underlying causes behind so many of the challenges being faced by our world today. For any effort to be successful, it must simultaneously provide an effective solution for symptoms and also work to eliminate the disease causing the symptoms to arise.

Sustainability is accurately defined as the ability of the current generation to provide for basic necessities and desires while at the same time not inhibiting the capacity of future generations to enjoy the same opportunities to do the same.

Systemic sustainability focuses on three primary areas of concern, these being economic sustainability, environmental sustainability and social or sociological sustainability. In order to understand the solutions, it is important to understand the basic principles of the solution and why they can be effectively implemented as a unified program where other singular methods have failed.

How do you Understand Economic and Financial Sustainability

Economics and finance are two distinct fields of study, but included together for the sake of being able to offer a more concise overview of systemic sustainability. Economics is a very broad social science that concentrates on production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services. Finance on the other hand, is a more specific study of the value, worth, and flow of money and currency within the economic systems and financial markets.

How many charities use an inordinately large portion of their donations just to seek out more donations? This process continues ad infinitum, perpetually diverting funds that could be put to much more effective use providing training and paid jobs for the marginalized persons the charity is ostensibly designed to assist.

It does not matter what any program may be. If it is not economically sustainable, it will never be sustainable in any fashion. Conversely, it should also be noted that just because programs are economically sustainable, it does not mean that they are beneficial, either to the environment or to the people.

How do you Understand Environmental and Ecological Sustainability

If the earth and its surrounding atmosphere were an orange, all of the hard sciences together would not have a comprehensive or complete knowledge of the peel. While there have been some great and undeniable advances in science, it has also been amply evidenced that science can be easily corrupted by corporate and even government influence.

This is no excuse to dismiss known science, or even to discount scientific theories that have not yet been disproved. Care should be taken though, to determine what is meant by environmentally sustainable and to mitigate as much of the detrimental impact to the earth as possible.

It also needs to be realized that whether one is building a home or digging in to a cave, burning wood to cook and stay warm, there will always be some adverse affects to the earth. Interaction by its very nature is intrusive to some degree, though environmental damage can and must be mitigated to whatever extent it is possible.

Environmental sustainability also needs to consider ecological variations, where even when building in a single environment, there may be numerous unique ecosystems all of which will react differently to the same methods of interaction. The salt marshes on the coastal regions of the Philippines will have very different ecological systems than those in the mountain ranges throughout the nation.

In order to reach a meaningful level of environmental sustainability, there will need to be a change in the focus on how things are currently done at present. Large-scale food forests can replace traditional farming for many crops. Monocrop production of grains can be largely conducted in semi-hermetically sealed environs that can also serve as carbon dioxide sinks.

Underground construction is another consideration that is currently unsustainable from an economic viewpoint, but not easily dismissed as a viable solution. Devices known as “worms” allow for underground construction to be undertaken in a single effort, being used for the creation of many underground rail systems, including often lavish underground stations.

Point of use power systems can also go a long ways to alleviate the need for unsightly and potentially devastating utility systems. This should be readily apparent based on the continuing forest fires throughout the State of California in the USA, many of which have been caused by transformers and the operation and placement of power lines.

Among the most challenging aspects of environmental sustainability are the “disruptive” nature of the technologies that should be implemented. While this view will perhaps tread dangerously close to the realm of conspiracy theories, there are many websites dedicated to the study of patents for disruptive technologies that have been bought and buried or simply hidden away due to concerns of “national security”.

Conversely, some “solutions” that focus solely on environmental concerns, fail to take into consideration the potential consequences of those programs. Depopulation is another “crazy” theory, but still one that is introduced in some circles. Other environmental approaches would literally destroy the global economy and throw people back into the stone-age.

This point serves as a prelude to the last, and most frequently ignored aspect of systemic sustainability. The human factor is always challenging, but only when people can experience a direct and tangible benefit from their actions, will they work in a concerted fashion to ensure economic and environmental sustainability. 

How do you Understand Social and Sociological Sustainability

Human nature is fickle even on the best of days, and difficult to ascertain with any degree of certainty given the diverse and eclectic nature of humanity. Social sustainability is complex, though the actual science behind these theories is primarily from Sociological fields of research.

Social sustainability focuses on the basic necessities of life and the local community itself. Communities must be safe, secure, and appealing to the masses in order to ensure that people will want to live within the community developments.

Sociology is another one of the social sciences, and is all about the interaction of people within the societal setting. In a more technical sense, sociology is the study of the development, structure, and functioning of human society and the study of social problems. It is important also to understand, that this will not be a traditional approach using the work of Edward L. Bernays in regards to propaganda and public relations or social engineering.

This approach does not seek to change the human mind and personal habits to better adjust to society through social engineering, but a reverse to that approach. This concept seeks to adjust society itself in order to better meet the needs of those persons living within the sustainable community developments.

The inclusion of the basic necessities of life, when combined with realistic potential for personal success encourages personal responsibility and a more communal, societal role at the same time. The success of the individual ensures the success of the community, while at the same time, the success of local commercial ventures and the community serves to ensure the success of the individual and familial units. 

How to Understand Alternative Education and Aptitude Batteries in Whole System Sustainable Development

One of the key factors in successful solutions will be the provision of education, training, and employment opportunities that offer a viable chance for the success of the individual. Comprehensive aptitude batteries are necessary, not to restrict the options of the individual, but to provide training in areas where they show a better likelihood for success.

The educational system itself should be a variation of the Steiner-Waldorf model of education, though focusing more on the courses relevant to the individual aptitudes displayed by the students, both young and old. Michiu Kaku once noted that Junior High School is the biggest killer of dreams, and heed should be given to this observation.

The concept of teaching to the test has failed not only the students, but society as a whole. The traditional classrooms and federalized testing standards have forsaken the individual for the collective. In addition to a return to teaching important skills like critical thinking and problem solving, there must also be a return to vocational and technical training for those students that do not fare so well in scholastic environments.

The integrated nature of the sustainable community developments will be such that, as the foundation is the owner of the corporations, the commercial interests can also serve as a means to provide training and education, in addition to paid employment opportunities for the formerly marginalized persons living within the community.

What are Integrated and Adaptive Systemic Solutions for Systemically Sustainable Development?

Why is integration so important for sustainable development?Systemically sustainable developments must be both integrated and adaptive in nature if they are to have the opportunity to be successful and sustainable. The three key areas of focus, economic, environmental and social must all stand on their own, while at the same time serving to strengthen the function of the others.

What is The Integrated Nature of Systemic Sustainability?

The integrated nature also must be prevalent within the organizational structure tasked with the oversight and management of the sustainable community developments. The persons living within the sustainable developments should have an active say in matters that directly pertain to their individual lives and their capacity to maintain a sustainable median quality of life.

At the same time, while their voices remain important, they must not have the capacity to prevent the commercial interests from actively engaging in the management and operations. Thus, while the people will have an added voice in programs of expansion and growth, they will have a lesser voice in terms of the commercial operations.

The multi-tiered nature of the organizational structure allows for each individual component to have a weighted voice, with more weight being given in those areas where they are best suited to realize the needs of the individual operations and the community as a whole, at the same time offering an enforceable voice to the individual through the Ombudsman Program and citizen review boards.

What is The Adaptive Nature of Systemic Sustainability?

The needs of those individuals living in the refugee camps will be different from the needs of the aboriginal tribes scattered throughout the globe. The environmental, economic and social requirements will differ even within single systems based on a wide range of different factors.

Historical, cultural and social traditions will vary among the many different groups and individuals living within any given sustainable development. Environmental sustainability in a coastal, tropical region will differ from the needs of a mountainous region with harsh winters. Even the variations in elevation can create entirely unique ecosystems within the same sustainable development.

The adaptive nature of sustainable development must be integrated into every aspect so as to allow for such change as may be necessary. While this is not ideal from a position of oversight, it remains a very important part of human nature and must be considered not only in planning and design, but also in continued operations.

Why Government is Not a Viable Solution for Sustainable Development

Why is government not a viable solution for sustainable development?The prevailing thoughts in the world these days seem to be to wait for governments and even certain non-governmental organizations to come along and save the day.

While this may be a nice thought, and certainly seems to lessen the need for individual responsibility, what lessons can be learned from the history of governments? What does the actual historical record show for the accomplishments of both the government and the non-governmental agencies throughout history?

It needs to be understood that nobody is calling for an end to these organizations or attempting to belittle the great works that have been accomplished, but merely a recognition that these agencies and their agents are not viable solutions for global problems. We have more than one hundred years experience with the non governmental agencies and even a brief look at the history of national governments will reveal that these are not viable, long-term solutions for the problems facing humanity.

The Rise of the International NGO for Sustainability in Human Growth and Development

1918 was a troubling year by any set of measures. The first “war to end all wars” had just ended, the world was in the midst of the global Spanish Influenza epidemic, economies and infrastructure around the world was in trouble and there was basically little more to work with outside of a very complex set of worldwide circumstances.

It is neither reasonable nor fair to demand an immediate solution to all of the problems being faced in that day and age, but that is where the journey must begin to look at the history of governments and the international NGO in resolving the problems of the world.

In 1918 the Treaty of Versailles would arrive, along with numerous programs put in place in order to alleviate war, poverty and even to address other global concerns such as the flu pandemic of the day. The groundwork was laid for the League of Nations which would ultimately become the United Nations, and grow to include other organizations such as the World Bank and International Monetary Fund.

The talks at Jekyll Island in 1913 would pave the way for the original funding for many of these organizations, through the introduction of the global central banking network and the Bank for International Settlements, which would last until being replaced by the BASEL Committee in 1974. Between these global banking institutions and the national governments, the programs were quite capable of being fully funded. The reasoning behind all this was to eradicate global poverty, prevent wars, and to ensure a more tactful system of global trade and unity.

Despite all this, we have seen the continued increase in levels of poverty where today, effectively one-half of the total world population lives in abject poverty, most of it being multi-generational in nature. Climate change continues unabated, and while the climate has and hopefully will continue to change, efforts to maintain and ensure the continuation of the human species have been largely non-existent or otherwise ineffective.

What is the Role of National Governments as a Sustainable Solution?

Perhaps it is the undue influence of national governments within the international bodies that renders them so ineffective? While such matters may be open to both subjective and objective debate, the fact remains that many of the social assistance programs have proven detrimental in terms of long-term solutions.

The introduction to the great “war on poverty” in the US during the sixties has done little (if anything) to eradicate poverty. Isolated, “affordable housing” has seen great numbers of people suffering from debilitating conditions such as alcoholism, drug addiction, and even predilections for gambling, all gathered together.

Is it possible to believe for a moment that such people, gathered in such numbers, are going to actively seek out the means to improve their conditions? Quite the opposite has proven to be true in practice. Worse still? Children who are growing up in these environments have very few successful role models to look up to besides the criminal element that has managed to fight its way to the top of the local food chains.

Educational institutions are often lacking, and focused largely on teaching to the test rather than teaching meaningful life skills including vocational and technical training. Add to this the corporate monetary influence on national governments and politics, and the picture only becomes worse.

One need look no further back in time than the onset of the industrial revolution in the middle eighteen hundreds to ascertain the results of undue political influence purchased by those with the wealth to do so.

In the age of the Cattle, Land and other “Robber Barons”, it can be easily demonstrated how money can be used to gain the political force necessary to allow some to win while forcing others into a losing scenario. Add in the fact that government produces nothing, and the end result is a costly burden to the average person who cannot afford to purchase political influence.

Punishing Productive and Contributing Members of Society to Protect the Poor, Government and Government-Selected Winners

Current methods for funding these programs tend to rely on the force of law and government to tax the productive and contributing members of society in order to pay for the social assistance programs used to “help” those who are otherwise marginalized. This is just as true when it comes to welfare assistance for the individual and the family unit as it is in terms of corporate welfare.

Given the fact that government produces nothing in terms of material goods or wealth, this forces the system to financially punish the productive and contributing members of society. Given that corporations do not pay taxes at the end of the day, but merely pass these costs on to consumers, it forces the price of goods and services to rise accordingly at the same time.

There should be no doubt that government is necessary and plays an important role in the preservation of societal standards. It should be equally apparent at the same time that government is not the best solution when it comes to matters of environmental concerns, and not necessarily the best choice for charitable giving either.

If government is not the solution, with all of the resources at its disposal, what is the answer to make sustainable development actually sustainable in a meaningful way? Is it possible to fully fund humanitarian projects without raising tax levels on the productive and contributing members of society, and to ensure that those who are funded, are enabled to improve their median quality of life? Yes.

What is The Marriage of Not-For-Profit with the Corporate World?

How do you combine not for profits with the corporate world?The best solution seems to be a marriage of the Not-For-Profit world with the commercial or corporate world. The organizational structure, like the rest of the program, must be adapted to the local regulations in place wherever it is built.

In the US, this would most likely be in the form of a faith-based-organization or 508c, where in the Philippines it can be built as a more traditional not-for-profit foundation. The system is more complex than it may first appear, in part due to the need for comprehensive charters and articles of incorporation.

These documents must not only spell out the rightful powers of the individual parts of the organization, but also specifically prohibit such actions as may be used by future generations to usurp or centralize power and control.

What is the Three-Tiered Organizational Structure in Systemic Sustainable Development?

This system of checks and balances is further reinforced through the use of a multi-tiered organizational structure. The separation of powers extends beyond the different tiers and organizations and gives a weighted voice to those agents and agencies, including the individual and familial units who will be directly impacted by the decisions being made.

The ability to maintain a balance of power and mitigate the potential for the centralization of power is centered around the ability to weight the votes and the voice in direct relation to the relevance of the matters in discussion. The corporations will have more weight in terms of operational decisions within the commercial interests, wherein the foundation and the people will have more say in terms of growth and expansion.

The reasoning behind this is so that the commercial interests can operate largely unhindered, but cannot divert funds to build business interests that do not directly benefit the community, or to otherwise divert funding that may be more well spent in other areas such as the provision of the basic necessities of life.

While the foundation can recommend new programs for the benefit of the community, the commercial arm will determine the viability of funding and the people within the community will have the opportunity to vote both directly, and to voice any concerns or challenges on an official level through the Ombudsman Program should suitable cause for objection be given to the Citizen Review Board.

The boards of directors should not have fewer than three nor more than seven voting board members, though non-voting members of the board will be appointed so that each organizational body has representatives involved in the meetings and decision making process for each board.

These non-voting board members will serve to represent their individual organizations in the decision making process, ideally reducing the decisions that will be contested at a later date, and ultimately serving the interests of the community, the individuals and families, and of the organizational bodies.

All of the organizations will be subject to third-party, independent auditors not more than once per year and not less than once per three years, subject to other contingencies that may require additional auditing from third-party auditors. It is believed that the creation of open and transparent accounting by a comptroller should also be maintained as part of the public record of all organizational bodies.

What is the Top-Tier Foundation?

Alone on the top tier of the organizational structure is the foundation. In all likelihood, the foundation will be working in cooperation with local organizations. The indigenous tribal leaders in the Philippines, the aboriginal tribal leaders in Australia or in the case of West Africa, with existing tribal and other political leaders.

Given the autonomous or semi-autonomous nature of the aboriginal and indigenous tribes, these solutions are more ideal. Negotiations have taken place in nations of West Africa and to a lesser degree in other areas wherein Special Economic Zones can be created or expanded to accommodate a systemically sustainable community development.

What is the Second-Tier Trade Platform?

In the early phases of operations, it is likely that a private hedge fund or other similar financial institution will be used in order to allow for the investment of funds, and to establish the requisite accounts for operations. Money will be invested by the foundation from the proceeds of the commercial enterprises. These funds will be invested into accounts established by the foundation for all the programs within the community developments.

Accounts can be established for general costs including infrastructural operations such as police and fire departments and even civil engineering and maintenance projects. Additional accounts or funds will be established to fully subsidize educational institutions based on the costs of operations at full capacity.

Two relevant factors regarding medical care and treatment are the potential variations in costs of operation and the fact that providing treatment at no costs tend to overload the system. Thus, residents will bear some of the cost for health care to prevent overloading the system. Funding will likely be extended in the same way as it would be for fire and police departments in the event of unforeseen circumstances, though it is believed that some type of insurance program will also be needed for the hospital and care facilities.

Additional accounts will be established for the continued growth and expansion of operations such as the food forests, permacultural institutes, public facilities and other such needs of the community as shall be determined in a functional community development.

What is the Second-Tier Incorporated Commercial Enterprise?

All of the commercial enterprises will be incorporated under a single body or incorporation, owned by the foundation. As these will be established as commercial ventures, all businesses will pay taxes in accordance with generally accepted accounting practices. The incorporation should serve as a viable means to adjust the tax liabilities as necessary and in full accordance with the relevant tax laws.

As the sole owner, the foundation will be within their legal rights to determine what should be done with the net proceeds of the incorporation, establishing the investment accounts as described before and using those funds to finance all other operations within the community developments.

What is the Third-Tier Philanthropic Foundation?

The funds from the investment accounts will, upon maturity, be transferred to funds owned by the philanthropic foundation for distribution to the various programs, payroll accounts and other such expenses as need to be paid for the daily operations within the community development, and which have been approved by the interested parties.

What are the Third-Tier Commercial Ventures?

As was noted, all of the commercial ventures will be incorporated under a single umbrella, owned by the foundation. These commercial ventures will provide education and training to select, marginalized members of the community developments.

Current estimates show that ten to fifteen percent of the workforce can be comprised of formerly marginalized residents with little or no measurable impact on labor production. Ideally, many of these commercial interests such as construction companies and others, can be expanded to continue offering paid employment opportunities to those persons who have completed training but still require paid employment.

Power to the People – How do you Give the People an Enforceable Voice in Systemically Sustainable Human Growth and Development?

History has demonstrated that those who want power, tend to be the most inclined to seek out power, and generally attempt to use How do you give an enforceable voice to the people?that power to gain more control over whatever they seek to rule. The only way that can be foreseen to prevent this, is by instituting some optional and some mandatory programs for the persons living within the community as a means to keep those in a place of power in check.

What is The Ombudsman Program?

The ombudsman program effectively serves as the legal arm, representative not only of the persons living within the community developments, but as an arbiter between the organizational bodies as well.

The home of the Ombudsman Program will also serve as the central facility for record keeping, including annual journals containing board meeting minutes, records of decisions, and other information regarding the daily operations.

The office of the Ombudsman will also serve as the means by which the individual and the families have the means to ensure their voice will be heard on an official level. Any such communications will be introduced first to the Citizen Review Board, and in such cases where a reasonable merit is found to exist, the voice of the residents will be formally and officially introduced to the Ombudsman Program for action.

What is The Citizen Review Board?

The citizen review board will serve as the first stage of an official voice for the persons living within the community developments. Citizen review boards will serve as a means to analyze and record official decisions, though the initial reviews shall be limited in scope.

In such cases when individuals or families may have extenuating circumstances that should be considered, the citizen review board will serve as the point of entry into the system. Offices for the citizen review board personnel should be established in every neighborhood in much the same way as precincts in the USA or the Barangay Halls in the Philippines.

These offices will house key personnel from the citizen review board capable of assisting individuals with any claims or civil concerns as they may have. It will also contain offices for a representative of the Ombudsman program and will house offices for the Community Support Teams.

What are Community Social Support Teams?

As a rule, the individual is reluctant to bite the proverbial hand that feeds them. This is especially true in cases where those providing the assistance are not from the local area and who will always be to an extent, outsiders.

There will be elected support teams housed in each CRB office space, chosen by the locals from among the local population and serving to directly interact with local populations. It is hoped that such a system in place, along with the ability to remain largely anonymous will encourage a more active approach to concerns that may not be seen or fully recognized at the upper levels of operational oversight.

Not only will these team members maintain an open-door policy for local residents, but will have the opportunity to interact with the local population even in more informal settings where the locals can be more relaxed and will likely be more open and honest regarding their concerns. This program is specifically designed to allow an active voice to members, allowing for positive change at the local level and mitigating the potential for the implementation of programs that do not directly benefit the local communities.

What are The Separation of Powers and Weighted Voices in Societal and Human Growth and Development?

The separation of powers, the voice of the individual, and the importance of the implementation of viable programs at the local level are all necessary if the solutions are going to be effective and resolve both the symptoms and the underlying causes. The underlying causes for all of the problems facing humanity are not only complex and systemic, but as much local problems as they are global concerns.

Large, global or even national level programs rarely provide consistent solutions at the local level. There is a good reason that marketing firms take a different approach to advertising in different areas of the same location.

Effective solutions for large cities do not work the same in smaller, rural locations. This should serve to highlight the need to include adaptive solutions that can be tailored to the needs of both local regions and the individual. In this way, the localized structures will all be fully independent and sustainable, while at the same time all working together to reinforce and strengthen the overall systemic structure.

What is Systemically Sustainable Project Design and Implementation?

Sustainable development in isolated communitiesWhat would it take to systemically sustainable project such as the one set forth here? A viable business that can be used to create the foundation, both literally and figuratively. A group of people who were intent on providing direct assistance to those who are most in need of a hand up. A vision, based not on wishful thinking and dreaming, but based on a very realistic, systemic approach to solutions.

It is necessary to look at the problems and their underlying causes carefully and completely. Once the problems have been fully quantified and can be readily understood, the focus must shift to solutions that can provide relief for the symptoms while at the same time, focusing on systemic solutions that defeat the cause.

Singular sustainability is a foolish and dangerous pursuit, giving only the illusion of sustainability, touching only on emotions while ignoring the reality. While the solutions are complex and systemic by necessity, they are the only way that sustainable development will ever be truly sustainable in any meaningful fashion.

The earth must be maintained if we are to survive, but there must be an economic and sociable incentive for the individual and the family unit if the measures are to be put into effect long enough to provide viable solutions.

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