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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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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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How do you provide opportunity to the poor
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The Isolated Community Service Center (ICSC) derives its name from its conception as a means to provide for the basic essentials of life in more rural and largely isolated communities. The overall concept however, has been greatly expanded to include it in additional programs and to utilize the resources generated more efficiently in order to assist even larger numbers of people.

As such, the name may change but the overall concept will remain the same. Ideally, there will be at least one ICSC facility for every five to ten Barangays based on local needs and the strategic positioning of the facilities on a national level. Once these facilities are in operation, they can immediately begin to assist the local populations and upon the completion of the networks or districts, they can begin to provide even more assistance on the national and even global level.

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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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The People must always have an enforceable voice in government
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Holding the Corporations and Government in Check Without Impeding the Social Standards or Growth and Development

There are those that will claim that all corporations are evil … except for those that are not of course … which is beyond just hypocritical … though that is a topic for another article perhaps. There are also those that believe corporations, as the driving factor behind economic stability and growth, are the only solution. Likewise, the same can be said for government.

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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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Why government is not the best solution
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And what is the most likely solution …

Government will most likely always be a necessary social construct. While there will always be those fiercely independent types who elect to live as far away from governmental authority and control as possible, there will likewise and conversely be those who prefer living under the illusion of freedom in order to remain relatively safe. Indeed, the very term “Politically Correct” is a reference to the demands of a great many members of society to have the government control what people may or may not say and even what they may or may not legally think or believe. While both of these sides may be on the outer fringes and extremes of society, the fact remains that government is among us, and whether or not we care about politics, politics cares about us … but that does make government the best option for the future of sustainable human growth and development?

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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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What is the answer to the global refugee crisis?
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Let us avoid, to the extent that we can, the arguments and differentiation between those refugees who are actual refugees fleeing war and its subsequent ravages and those immigrants who are “merely” fleeing oppression and impoverished conditions in their home countries. Let us instead focus on the fact that there is a major refugee crisis that needs to be addressed. There are a limited number of programs in place, but by and large, these people are poorly housed, poorly fed, poorly cared, ill-equipped to assimilate in their new environments and frequently, turned loose without any real chance of being successful or becoming overly productive, contributing members of societyi.

Most of the current solutions merely seek to put a band-aid on the proverbial bullet hole. Blanket solutions that seek to soothe the symptoms often do nothing to effect a cure for the disease … and in far too many cases, actually serves to exacerbate the very problems it claims to be attempting to rectify. So what is the best solution for the global refugee crises?

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Are large scale food forests sustainable?
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The food forests, by many accounts, are a relatively recent (re)discovery from the works of David Holmgren and Bill Mollison regarding Permaculture. It should be noted that there are still food forests that have been in existence for literally thousands of years (in Southern Morocco) that are still producing ample and varied supplies of food even thousands of years after being planted and with very little human assistance … and literally going hundreds of years without being farmed at all … and still producing a surplus of fruits and vegetables.

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Sustainable Timber and the Paulownia Princessa
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Renewable Resources are going to be imperative if we are ever to implement a truly symbiotic relationship with our natural environment. Among the issues that exist with CO2 buildup, with a sincere effort not to delve into the entire political realm, is the vast deforestation that has occurred across the globe. If there is to be any solution, it needs to include the potential for profitable, sustainable programs for the raising, harvesting and utilization of lumber across the globe. Such a program is not as impossible as it would seem as there is a single variety of tree that will allow for the implementation of just such a system.

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