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Why won't physical currency ever die
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There is a lot of talk about the death or disappearance of physical currency from the markets across the globe. At first glance, this seems like a perfectly reasonable probability, especially given the ease with which people today can utilize their purchasing power electronically. Numerous methods of spending “digital currency” are already available and the constant introduction of new technologies means that this is becoming easier and more common all of the time.

In the minds of some people, reverting to more physical currency seems archaic and even foolish. For better or for worse however, it is fairly certain that physical currency will always be a part of the human economic and financial systems, no matter how advanced it may become.

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Was the creation of a dependency class intentional
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There is more than just a little belief that the American “War on Poverty” was little more than a partisan political ploy by Lyndon Johnson to secure the votes of a limited class of people for an extended period of time, without having to waste precious time and resources courting this class of people and potential voters.

This was made all the more conspiratorial and “obvious” by his now (in)famous speech in which he declared that he would “have them N’ers voting democrat for the next two hundred years”. While there is indeed a strong case to be made for this argument, and it may even be true to some limited extent, the reality is much harsher … and global in nature, and has everything to do with the global creation of a dependency class of people, who will be reliant on the government for whatever crumbs their benevolent dear leaders may see fit to dole out to the people.

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Investing in fruition or futility?
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Whether investing in the markets or in more humanitarian endeavors, it is unreasonable to think that anyone is investing merely for the sake of losing money. Oddly enough, a great many investors in the current alternative energy (and even humanitarian) industries are consistently investing in scarcely anything other than losing propositions. Investing in a singular solution to a complex, systemic problem is not very likely to provide a positive return, financially or in any other form.

Is it possible that the reason behind this is that such investments are virtually non-existent in the current marketplace? Is it even possible to find complex, systemic solutions to current crises that provide both a positive return on investment and viable, long-term solutions to issues of a more global concern? Would any potential returns from such an investment be worth the risk inherent in such a “radical” investment opportunity? Finally, could such an investment opportunity really help to diversify and enrich the investment portfolio and serve the common good at the same time?

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Financing Corporate Investments with Philanthropic Funding
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The idea of using Philanthropic funds for the purchase or funding of a Corporation may seem unethical at first glance. It may be that some people would consider such an action to be illegal in nature, though it is not. It could very well be that if this was the only information available, people would avoid donating to such a foundation altogether. What if those Corporate Entities were in fact, an integral part of the Philanthropic efforts and whose “donations” in return to the foundation and the direct beneficiaries, far exceeded any costs associated with establishing said Corporate Entities?

What if, in fact, the Corporate Entity was owned by the foundation itself, and the recipients of aid were the actual shareholders of the Corporate Entity? The fact is that such systems are already in place, though most of the current efforts do not focus on beneficiary ownership of the corporate entity by the recipients of aid. What is being introduced herein is similar in nature, but focused solely on its role within the realm of Corporate Social Responsibility, providing for and giving back to the recipients of assistance.

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Did Disney know about Sustainable Development
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AUTHOR’S NOTE: While I normally shun writing in the first person … despite enjoying it immensely … and finding it substantially easier and quicker to write that way, I have written this article largely in the first person because it is as much a personal story of my introduction into the realm of sustainable development as it is about the events that would shape my future plans for entire Community Developments.

There was a rather large and diverse group of people (including the author) who laughed when some “fool” began purchasing all of the available swampland around Kissimmee, Florida back in the nineteen sixties. These days, one would be hard pressed to call Walt Disney a fool in any sense of the word … although there are still many personal grudges going back to the days when Eisner went from being in charge of Food and Beverage to being in control of the theme park, but that is more personal in nature and not really relevant to the overall issue being addressed herein.

When this individual made known their plans to build a massive theme park in the middle of the swamps, skepticism among the locals was … prevalent … to put it nicely. Much of the surrounding land was at or below sea level, prone to flooding and certainly seemed more well-suited for the cattle grazing that was going on than it did for the establishment of any kind of commercial development … much less for the creation of a global theme park attraction. My math tutor when I was a very young man, was one of the people who would ultimately become one of the chief design engineers for Corporate Disney. However, my personal introduction to the mouse only goes back to some time in the early nineteen seventies.

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If someone disagrees, is that violence
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A difference of opinion, even based upon the same set of facts, is not a personal attack and should not be seen as an offensive affront to a reasonable person. Not “dissing” one another, but “discussin’ without the cussin’” should be the common basis for any reasonable discussion … even one wherein people disagree. These days, it is unfortunately, far too common for people to launch into ad hominem attacks and resort to kindergarten/sandbox exchanges of names and stalking off convinced they were somehow a “winner” in an “argument”.

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Good intentions and the reality of systemically sustainable developments
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There is an old adage about the road to hell being paved with good intentions. However, with the Social Justice Warriors and others who seem more obsessed with emotions and intentions than results, this old adage seems to have been forgotten. While it may seem callous and rude at first glance, there is very good and sound reasoning behind the adage, even for the atheist or others who do not necessarily believe in any god, gods or God.

To clarify this a bit, take a look at a rather simplified example and stop to think about the actual consequences of the actions, despite what may have been intended in the beginning. In this example, there will be a scenario, a “typical” emotional reaction, an intention, a physical reaction and the reality of the consequences from the actions.

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Commercial Development and Social Responsibility
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Introducing a new way of doing things is never an easy task, especially when it comes to the development, planning, design and implementation of major Infrastructure Projects. “New and Improved” may be great at the supermarket but when it comes to resources such as energy, housing, food production and other social necessities, people are hesitant to introduce any major changes even on the best of days. For some however, the passion is not so much about the introduction of new and improved technologies and principles, but the idea of introducing fully sustainable, adaptive and integrated systemic solutions for society as a whole.

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What Does Equal Opportunity Mean
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There is a lot of news these days about prejudice and bias and working everything out so that life is more fair. There is absolutely no doubt that social and economic disparity exists globally. There should be even less doubt that something radical needs to take place when nearly half of the population of the world lives in abject poverty, lacking not only the basic necessities of life, but lacking the ability to harbor even a glimmer of hope for a better future.

Still, extensive research has been conducted on this topic but most of the solutions to date have been to alleviate a symptom or two without ever offering a real cure. Is it possible to create a system wherein everyone has an equal chance at success? Is it possible to fully eradicate at least the economic disparity that exists in the world today?

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Complex Systems and Sustainable Development
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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.

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How does the desire to unite actually serve to divide us?
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We all have an inherent desire to be around people that are similar to us, be it similar in appearance, similar in interests or similar in beliefs, but is this really a good thing? Is it possible that our desire to belong actually alienates us?

Human nature is an interesting if not fickle and eclectic mix of emotions and emotional responses. It is quite natural for humans to have a desire to be a part of something larger than themselves, furthermore, this also tends to large groups of like-minded people gathering together and uniting in a singular group. This habit or human trait is well documented and evidenced in our love of sports groups, types of music, literature of choice and even with the foods and drinks we love or love to hate as the case may be.

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