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

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)