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Private Island Development and Economic Sustainability
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Economic Sustainability is a multi-faceted approach developing an economically symbiotic relationship between the community economic and financial systems and the individuals within the community development. In such an economic environment, the individuals within the community would provide the necessary force to drive the corporate entities to success through the dedication of manpower and by becoming at least part of the consumer base of the corporate entities1.

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How can I volunteer in the Philippines?
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Wastewater Effluent, Municipal Solid Waste and other garbage and solid waste materials in the Philippines are building up at an alarming rate. Currently, most of the garbage will be dropped into what are effectively dumps, rarely even landfills11. Those “landfills” that are covered, are often covered incorrectly and there is no managed effort to reforest or reclaim these lands. The end results are often mudslides or even flooding that wash the garbage back into populated areas, often resulting in unnecessary disease and even death to the surrounding populations. While these issues are certainly more pronounced around larger, urban population centers and the big cities, this problem is a common theme throughout the Philippines. Many different current technologies turn this waste into viable, marketable products with a return that generally pays back the entire investment within a three year period.

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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 Some technologies … computers in this particular instance … are already outdated by the time they hit the retail store shelves.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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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