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Date: 2018-08-14 Page is: DBtxt001.php L07-ACTIVITIES-SECTORS-STREAMS

ECONOMIC ACTIVITIES
SECTORS / INDUSTRIES
STREAMS / STRANDS / STRINGS

ACTIVITIES SUPPORT EVERYTHING / THEIR EFFICIENCY AND EFFECTIVENESS DETERMINES SUSTAINABILITY

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SECTORS / INDUSTRIES
In depth development of important technology has been enabled by specialization within sectors
Open L070-SI-SECTORS-INDUSTRIES
STREAMS / STRANDS / STRINGS
Everything has multiple impacts through the life cycle and through different parts of the socio-enviro-economic system
Open L070-SS-STREAMS-STRANDS-STRINGS
ENGINEERING / TECHNOLOGY
The effectiveness of the ENGINEERING and TECHNOLOGY determines tha capabilities of every industry in the socio-enviro-economic system
Open L070-ET-ENGINEERING-TECHNOLOGY
INFRASTRUCTURE
The efficiency of the infrastructure determines to a great extent the efficiency of the socio-enviro-economic system as a whole.
Open L070-IF-INFRASTRUCTURE

ARMS / MILITARY INDUSTRY COMPLEX GO TOP
Arms
Open L0700-SI-Arms
ARMS TRAFFICKING
If there is profit to be made, there will be people who will do it. This is one of the issues that is central to the dysfunction of the modern global socio-enviro-economic system that has alevated profit and money wealth as the dominant proxy for success. Making money doing good is fine ... but making money on top of evil is not!
TPB Note: In 2000 I was attempting to address the question of community poverty on top of immense natural wealth ... and in Liberia the use of diamonds that were being trafficked out of the country in order to pay for guns, bullets and pay for soldiers under the Charles Taylor regime. Fortunately I escaped with my life, but it was far too close for comfort!
Open L0700-SS-ARMS-TRAFFICKING
MILITARY INDUSTRY COMPLEX
Open L0700-SI-MILITARY-INDUSTRIAL-COMPLEX
Military
Open L0700-SI-Military
MILITARISM / MILITARY-INDUSTRIAL-COMPLEX
Open L0700-SS-MILITARISM

BAD BUSINESS GO TOP
CORRUPTION
POPPY FARMING
TAX AVOIDANCE
DRUG TRAFFICKING
If there is profit to be made, there will be people who will do it. This is one of the issues that is central to the dysfunction of the modern global socio-enviro-economic system that has alevated profit and money wealth as the dominant proxy for success. Making money doing good is fine ... but making money on top of evil is not!
Open L0700-SS-DRUG-TRAFFICKING
HUMAN TRAFFICKING
If there is profit to be made, there will be people who will do it. This is one of the issues that is central to the dysfunction of the modern global socio-enviro-economic system that has alevated profit and money wealth as the dominant proxy for success. Making money doing good is fine ... but making money on top of evil is not!
Open L0700-SS-HUMAN-TRAFFICKING

BANKING AND FINANCIAL SERVICES GO TOP
BANKING-FINANCIAL-SERVICES
Open L0700-SI-BANKING-FINANCIAL-SERVICES
INVESTMENT
Open L0700-SI-INVESTMENT
MONEY
Money has become the essential lubricant of the modern socio-enviro-economic system ... but at the same time it has become a dangerous constraint on getting done what needs to be done.
Open L0700-SS-MONEY
BANKING-FINANCIAL-SERVICES Open L0700-SI-BANKING-FINANCIAL-SERVICES
MONEY-LIQUIDITY Open L070-ML-MONEY-LIQUIDITY
L0700-SS-BF-BANKING-FINANCE Open L0700-SS-BF-BANKING-FINANCE
L0700-SS-BF-Central-Banks Open L0700-SS-BF-Central-Banks
L0700-SS-BF-Investment-Managers Open L0700-SS-BF-Investment-Managers
L0700-SS-BF-Personal-Finance Open L0700-SS-BF-Personal-Finance
L0700-SS-BF-Stock-Markets Open L0700-SS-BF-Stock-Markets

CONSTRUCTION GO TOP
CONSTRUCTION
BUILDING-MATERIALS
BUILDING MATERIALS flow into CONSTRUCTION. They have one sort of impact on the environment during their production, and another sort of impact on the environment during rheir life, which may be many years or decades.
Open L0700-SS-BUILDING-MATERIALS

CONSUMPTION GO TOP
CONSUMPTION
Open L0700-SS-CONSUMPTION
CONSUMPTION
For PEOPLE, CONSUMPTION is required to satisfy basic needs. For most of history there has been a strong correlation between an increase in consumption and an improved quality of life and standard of living. This has been a fundemental reality in a world where shortage was normal. Over the past 100 years improvements in technology have changed the suply of goods and services from one ofAggregate endemic shortage to surplus
For BUSINESS, CONSUMPTION is good because it means that more PRODUCTS are purchased, and more SALES REVENUES usually means more PROFITS
For the SUPPLY CHAIN more CONSUMPTION means more PRODUCTS flow through the SUPPLY CHAIN creating economic activity and profits along the way
BUT
MORE CONSUMPTION and MORE PRODUCTION also means more impact on NATURAL CAPITAL and the ENVIRONMENT.
There is both DEPLETION and DEGRADATION
Open L0700-SS-CONSUMPTION

FARMING / FOOD / AGRICULTURE / FISHERIES GO TOP
FOOD
Open L0700-SS-FOOD
AGRICULTURE / CROP AGRICULTURE
Open L0700-SI-AGRICULTURE-CROP
AGRICULTURE / LIVESTOCK AGRICULTURE
Open L0700-SI-AGRICULTURE-LIVESTOCK
AGRICULTURE / CROPS
Agriculture / Farming is one of the very large users of land, water and a major cause of degraded natural systems and source of pollution
Open L0700-SS-Agriculture-Crop-Farming
AGRICULTURE / DAIRY FARMING
Agriculture / Farming is one of the very large users of land, water and a major cause of degraded natural systems and source of pollution
Open L0700-SS-Agriculture-Dairy-Farming
FISH AND SEAFOOD
Open L0700-SS-FISH-AND-SEAFOOD
FISHERIES
Open L0700-SI-FISHERIES
FISH FARMING (Aquaculture)
Open L0700-SI-FISH-FARMING
FISH FARMING (Aquaculture)
Open L0700-SI-fish-seafood-sector

ENERGY GO TOP
ENERGY
Open L0700-SI-ENERGY
ENERGY
Open L0700-SS-ENERGY
POWER
Open L0700-SS-POWER

GOVERNMENT / GOVERNANCE GO TOP
GOVERNMENT-PUBLIC-SECTOR
Open L0700-SI-GOVERNMENT-PUBLIC-SECTOR
POLICE
Open L0700-SI-POLICE
POLITICS
Open L0700-SI-POLITICS

HEALTH GO TOP
HEALTH
Open L0700-SI-HEALTH
PHARMACEUTICALS
The technology is impressive, but the industry is being driven far too much by profit maximization and stockholder benefit than for the best outcomes for people needing medication. This is a very sad state of affairs that must be addressed as a high priority. Good pain killers have morphed into opioid addiction and a tragic health crisis with in excess of 40,000 opioid related deaths in the USA in 2017
Open L0700-SS-PHARMACEUTICALS

KNOWLEDGE / EDUCATION / TRAINING GO TOP
EDUCATION
Open L0700-SI-EDUCATION
EDUCATION
Open L0700-SS-EDUCATION
KNOWLEDGE
Knowledge has been a major driver of progress in all of history, but especially in the last 200 years. There is more knowledge now than ever before about the big things like the universe and the tiny things that are important in the functioning of life itself. All of this is amazing. The challenge is to use it in the best possible way and for the right reasons.
Open L0700-SS-KNOWLEDGE
TECHNOLOGY
Open L0700-SI-TECHNOLOGY
TECHNOLOGY
Open L0700-SS-TECHNOLOGY

JOBS / EMPLOYMENT / WORK / WAGES GO TOP

MANAGEMENT GO TOP
MANAGEMENT
Open L0700-SS-MANAGEMENT
MANAGEMENT-GOALS
Open L0700-SS-MANAGEMENT-GOALS
MANAGEMENT-METRICS
Open L0700-SS-MANAGEMENT-METRICS

MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY GO TOP
HEAVY INDUSTRY
Open L0700-SS-HEAVY-INDUSTRY
HEAVY INDUSTRY
Heavy industry has enabled materialism and a higher quality of life, but has also been a massive polluter of the environment consumer of natural capital in many different forms
Open L0700-SS-Heavy-Industry

PRODUCTS / MATERIALS GO TOP
PRODUCTS
Open L0700-SS-PRODUCTS
Cement / Concrete
Open L0700-SI-Cement-Concrete
Iron-and-Steel
Open L0700-SI-Iron-and-Steel
Pulp-Paper
Open L0700-SI-Pulp-Paper

MEDIA / COMMUNICATIONS / ADVERTISING GO TOP
MEDIA
Open L0700-SI-MEDIA
SOCIAL MEDIA
Open L0700-SI-SOCIAL-MEDIA
ADVERTISING
Most advertising is done to make customers buy products and services. Very little advertising is used to inform people about things that are important, but more usually to misinform the public in ways that are all about more sales and profits for the advertisers. This is important because the consumption driven economic model is unsustainable with more and more degradation of natural capital. Advertising is also used more and more to influence elections, and is doing serious damage to the democratic process.
Open L0700-SS-ADVERTISING
MEDIA / JOURNALISM
Free and open journalism is an important component of a successful society ... recognized, for example in the First Amendment to the US Constitution. When good journalism disappears, society suffers. Where any particular segment of society controls the press and access to meaningful information whether it is business or politicians, the public at large pay the price. Social media and technology have challenged long established norms and many unintended and undesirable consequences are becoming increasingly apparent.
Open L0700-SS-MEDIA-JOURNALISM

MINING GO TOP
MINING
Mining is the first link in many supply chains. Large scale mining has huge environmental consequences, as well as major social disruption
Open L0700-SS-MINING
MINING Open L0700-SI-MINING

NATURAL CAPITAL / ECOSYSTEM SERVICES GO TOP
CLIMATE
The risks associated with climate change are being ignored by too many important decision makers in part because they are not being accounted for in an effective way.
Open L0700-SS-CLIMATE
ECOSYSTEM SERVICES
Open L0700-CS-NC-ECOSYSTEM-SERVICES
ENVIRONMENT
Open L0700-SS-ENVIRONMENT
PHOSPHOROUS CYCLE / BIOCHEMICAL FLOWS
Open L0700-SS-PHOSPHOROUS-CYCLE
NITROGEN CYCLE / BIOCHEMICAL FLOWS
Open L0700-SS-NITROGEN-CYCLE
POLLINATION SYSTEMS
An essential link in the reproduction of most plant life
Open L0700-SS-POLLINATION

NATURAL CAPITAL / DEGRADATION GO TOP
POLLUTION
Open L0700-SS-POLLUTION
ATMOSPHERIC DEGRADATION / GHGs
Though there is more understanding now than in, say 2010, of the vital importance of GHG in the atmosphere in relation to climate instability, the scale of the risk is still not fully appreciated.
Open L0700-SS-CLIMATE-CHANGE-GHG
WASTE
Open L0700-SI-WASTE

NATURAL CAPITAL / DEPLETION GO TOP

SOCIAL CAPITAL / PEOPLE GO TOP
PEOPLE
People are the most important part of the world we live in. Their happiness should be the main goal of all economic activity, and this should be done with the minimum of damage to natural capitlal.
Open L0700-SS-PEOPLE
POTENTIAL
Open L0700-SS-POTENTIAL
WAGES
Maybe the most important part of the socio-enviro-economic system is the 'wage' component. Everyone needs access to money in order to purchase basic needs, and then more to have a decent quality of life. Money may come from inherited wealth, but mostly money comes from income / wages associated with employment. The availability of employment is a complex issue, and what has happened in the past gives little guidance to what needs to happen in the future.
Open L0700-SS-WAGES
LABOR / JOBS / EMPLOYMENT

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES GO TOP
PROFESSIONS
Open L0700-SI-PROFESSIONS
PROFITS
Open L0700-SS-PROFITS
SEWER
Open L0700-SS-SEWER
SUPPLY-CHAIN
Open L0700-SS-SUPPLY-CHAIN
TAXATION
Open L0700-SS-TAXATION
TOXINS
Open L0700-SS-TOXINS
TRANSACTIONS
Open L0700-SS-TRANSACTIONS
TREES
Open L0700-SS-TREES

TRANSPORT / LOGISTICS GO TOP
LOGISTICS
Logistics have become an important part of the modern global economic system, combining huge improvements in the efficiency of the physical components of the system ... ports, cranes, ships, aircraft ... and the information technology that has made it possible to manage the system in a reliable manner.
Open L0700-SS-LOGISTICS
LOGISTICS
Logistics ... mainly ships, have made international trade possible and over time increasingly economically efficient. The application of engineering and technology to optimize for cost and profit performance has been impressive. Social and environmental innovation now needs to catch up.
Open L0700-SI-LOGISTICS
RAILWAYS
Open L0700-SI-RAIL-TRANSPORT
SEAPORTS
A critical choke point for efficient international trade. There have been massive improvements in productivity in the period since the 1950s as a result of containerization and use of computerized management practices.
Open L0700-SI-SEAPORTS
Shipping
Open L0700-SI-Shipping
TRANSPORT
Open L0700-SI-TRANSPORT
TRANSPORT
Open L0700-SS-TRANSPORT
TRANSPORT-AIRCRAFT
Open L0700-SI-TRANSPORT-AIRCRAFT

REAL ESTATE GO TOP
REAL ESTATE
Open L0700-SI-REAL-ESTATE

RECREATION / SPORTS / ARTS GO TOP
SPORTS
Open L0700-SI-SPORTS

WATER / SANITATION GO TOP
WATER / SEWER
Open L0700-SI-WATER-SEWER
WATER Open L0700-SS-WATER
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BUSINESS-ORGANIZATIONS
Business organizations have been one of the most important drivers of socio-economic progress over the last 200 years. They have responded to profit motivation but not so much to the issue of the associated environmental degradation. Business organizations more than any other segment of the socio-enviro-economic system must change to make the world a better place.
Open L0700-SS-BUSINESS-ORGANIZATIONS
CONSTRAINTS
Good ideas are often stopped by constraints. Remove constraints and amazing results can be achieved. Quite small constraints can mean failure of otherwise good projects.
Open L0700-SS-CONSTRAINTS
LAND
LIFESTYLE
Open L0700-SS-LIFESTYLE
ORGANIZATIONS
More than anything else, ORGANIZATIONS are the most efficient way to get things done
Open L0700-SS-ORGANIZATIONS
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All ACTIVITIES have these characteristics:
(1) CONSUMPTION (COSTS)
(2) CONTRIBUTION (BENEFITS)
all of which have IMPACT that changes the CAPITALS
CONTRIBUTION
CONTRIBUTION is
Open L0700-SS-CONTRIBUTION

THE PURPOSE OF ECONOMIC ACTIVITY
The original purpose of economic activity was to improve and maintain quality of life for an individual and the family. For most of recent history there has been a favorable relationship between the profit performance of an organization and the wages of people, which in turn improved and maintained quality of life. This assumption is baked into much of the socio-enviro-economic analysis that is routinely reported to the public. However, in the past 40 years productivity has increased at a fast pace, with the result that less and less people are needed for the same level of production. The dynamic is more productivity leads to less labor and more profit ... in other words a good result for owners of the organization and a bad result for working people and society as a whole. MDIA accounts for not only the impact on the organization, but the impact on people and the impact on place (society).

HISTORY OF PROCESS
It is improvement in PROCESS that has enabled productivity improvement over time. Almost everything that is a part of the modern enviro-socio-economic system that supports a decent quality of life and standard of living is produced using a process that is more efficient than the process that was used in the past. Take the transport sector for example, the process to convert fuel into energy for transportation has moved from the steam locomotive of the 19th century to the jet engine of the 21st century. Take computing for example, a process that was aided by teh abacus, and later various forms of calculator to modern electronics with processors that will do many millions of calculations in a second. In the MDIA framework the standard performance of a process will make it possible to understand the truvalue of a product that has flowed through multiple processes in the course of its flow through the supply chain.
WHY PROCESS IS IMPORTANT
PROCESSES are important because their efficiency is what makes (or not) the aggregate socio-enviro-economic system efficient or inefficient. A better world will b e achieved when all the PROCESSES that are used to support our QUALITY OF LIFE are more efficient not only for the making of PROFIT and growing FINANCIAL CAPITAL, but also having a BETTER IMPACT on SOCIETY (PEOPLE) and having a BETTER IMPACT on the ENVIRONMENT (PLANET).
PROCESSES
The production process is a major determining factor in the quality of the product and the impact that is associated with the product and society and the environment
Open L070-PC-PROCESSES
Many processes
Navigation to resources about specific processes
Open L0200-PC-PROCESSES
Processes are an essential part of the socio-enviro-economic system
Navigation to processes from the perspective of Streams, Strands and Strings
Open L0700-SS-PROCESSES



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