Pressing World Issues

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Global Grand Challenges

HintLightbulb.png Hint: Disclaimer: This page is a work in progress, and items are not listed in order of importance. The meaning of some of the following items may be different than what you may think, so please limit your assumptions. Further explanations will be provided and published in a forthcoming book, after being vetted and peer reviewed for general consensus and best practices

  1. General ecocide (Whole World issue)
  2. Disparity of wealth. High Gini Coefficient
  3. Desertification
  4. Deforestation
  5. High Cost of Living, preventing honest pursuit of Self-Determination by most people (a First World issue)
  6. Standing armies
  7. Genocide
  8. Enforced Mediocrity
  9. Political Ponerology, or promotion of evil within institutions
  10. Resource scarcity - water rights, clean air, clean food (Whole World issue)
  11. Patent system and other legal fictions for enclosing public knowledge
  12. Lack of public access to published journals. Solution possibility: cross subsidization or institution only pay for the service
  13. Limitation of liability (ie, fundamental unaccountability baked into the operation of enterprise)
  14. Biodiversity loss
  15. Alienation from work (related to high Cost of Living
  16. Access to healthcare
  17. Illiteracy, and especially collaborative illiteracy
  18. Innumeracy and Scientific Illiteracy
  19. Corporate funded research which encloses the intellectual output of public institutions
  20. Pollution, especially water pollution
  21. Corrupt institutions
  22. Economic system based on proprietary development as opposed to open source product development
  23. Training as opposed to education
  24. Disciplinary thinking, as opposed to systems thinking which acknewledges that things are connected.
  25. Agricultural monoculture
  26. Fossil fuel energy instead of renewable energy
  27. Global supply chains via cost extrernalization
  28. Externalization of social, environmental, and lifetime costs
  29. Slavery, including wage slavery
  30. Consequences of Colonialism + Neocolonialism
  31. Depression
  32. Insurance Racket
  33. Corrupt Officials and Bribes

Causes

  1. Fear

Human Structures

  1. Financialization

Psychography of Macrosocial Phenomena

This is an entertaining take on the relationship between nature and the power flows of society. We think that this is a brilliant encapsulation of the human psychology that makes the world what it is today. In particular - that both the cause and the solution is within each of us - we have the ultimate responsibility, not some 'tyrant on high'.

Universal Solutions

  1. Universal access to education (upgrading the operating system in peoples' heads)
  2. Circular Economies
  3. Open Source Product Development
  4. Transparency
  5. Ethical Economics
  6. Distributed Production - Distributed Manufacturing - and especially Distributive Enterprise
  7. Democracy
  8. Transparency
  9. Afforestation - planting trees. For example, transitioning from fossil fuels to biofuels can be accomplished by repurposing wasteland and other use to Integrated Polyculture biomass production
  10. Agricultural perennial polyculture
  11. Renewable energy
  12. Regenerative development of land
  13. Economics based on full cost accounting
  14. Building of (Renewable and self sustaining) Economies + Medical Systems + Infastructure in Developing and/or Island countries, Or rural areas of ones that do not fit those prior conditions, yet face similar problems
  15. Unlimited Liability Company
  16. Termination of Public Offering which separates agency from the executive role, ie - enforces conflict of interest between owners and operators. (this is a longer discussion)


Prizes

Solving pressing world issues is noble work. Here is a list of prizes that honors such work.

  1. Berggruen Prize

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