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Date: 2018-10-15 Page is: DBtxt001.php L07-CONTEXT-ISSUES-POSSIBILITIES

CONTEXT / ISSUES
RISKS / POSSIBILITIES
Top 1% The Rest of the Population

Obscene Wealth

Terrible Poverty

Urban slums

Malnutrition

Starvation

Genocide

1 CONTEXT / ISSUES / POSSIBILITIES
BACKGROUND / ISSUES / CONSTRAINTS / POSSIBILITIES
GO TOP
SYSTEMIC FAILURES / HUNGER / POVERTY / HOPELESSNESS / DESTRUCTION
GOOD PEOPLE / AMAZING TECHNOLOGY / HUGE POSSIBILITIES
CONTEXT
HISTORY / KEY EVENTS
TIPPING POINTS / CHANGES IN DIRECTION
Open L070-KE-KEY-EVENTS
PROGRESS AND PERFORMANCE
MANY DIFFERENT TRENDS
Open L070-PP-PROGRESS-PERFORMANCE
ISSUES
THOUSANDS OF ISSUES
ISSUES THAT CONSTRAIN SUCCESS
Open L070-IS-ISSUES-SUBJECTS
....... SOCIAL ISSUES Open L0200-IS-SO-SOCIAL-ISSUES
....... ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES Open L0200-IS-EN-ENVIRONMENTAL-ISSUES
....... ECONOMIC ISSUES Open L0200-IS-EC-ECONOMIC-ISSUES
ISSUES in alphabetical sequence of subjects Open L0200-ISSUES-Alpha
ISSUES in chronological sequence ... more than 15,000 pages by download date Open L0200-ISSUES-Chrono
EXISTENTIAL RISKS
MAINLY IGNORED BY INVESTORS, BUSINESS MANAGERS AND POLITICIANS
Open L070-XR-EXISTENTIAL-RISKS
... TOP RISKS Open L0700-XR-Global-Risk-Profiles-WEF
... ... Climate Change Open L0700-XR-Climate-Change
... ... Environment / Ecosystem Disruption Open L0700-CS-NC-ECOSYSTEM-SERVICES
... ... Bribery and Corruption Open L0700-XR-Bribery-and-Corruption
... ... Geopolitical Miscalculation
POSSIBILITIES
AMAZING POSSIBILITIES
DEPLOYMENT OF EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES HAVE HUGE POTENTIAL
Open L070-AP-AMAZING-POSSIBILITIES
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY
MASSIVE PROGRESS IN THE LAST 200 YEARS
Open L070-ET-ENGINEERING-TECHNOLOGY
IDEAS
INTERESTING IDEAS TO MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE
Open L070-II-INTERESTING-IDEAS
IDEAS ... Open L0200-IDEAS
INITIATIVES
EARLY STAGE OF MOVE FROM IDEA TO IMPLEMENTATION AT SCALE
Open L0200-OG-INITIATIVES

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A proliferation of knowledge ... but also dangerous misinformation

HUNDREDS OF IDEAS
Navigation to IDEAS by theme (alphabetic) There are hundreds of ideas ... probably thousands ... many of them of considerable merit.
Some, of course, will never work ... but many can be the basis of initiatives that will help to make the world a better place.
Sadly, many good ideas ... indeed most ... will never be used because they are poorly communicated and never funded.
These are hundreds that we know about!
Open L0200-IDEAS
INTERESTING-IDEAS
More education and there are more ideas ... but the conversion of ideas into initiatives and organizations that are able to make the world a better place is not easy.
One of the big problems is that financing for the development of ideas that do good for society or the environment without at the same time creating economic profit is almost impossible to obtain. To the extent that financing for this sort of project is available, it has to come from the philanthropic world, which usually does not have sufficient capacity to get the job done.
Open L070-II-INTERESTING-IDEAS

POSSIBILITIES
In my experience there are many very nice people on this planet ... many who have a very different background and life experience to my own ... who would welcome a better quality of life and be very grateful for it.
There is also amazing technology, very little of which is being used to make the world a better place.
When nice people are anabled to have a better quality of life using amazing modern technology, the world can be a far better place.
But this requires a change in thinking by many of those that currently have control of both money and politics.
Progress is possible ... but it will take perseverance.
Open L070-AP-AMAZING-POSSIBILITIES

INITIATIVES
Having an idea really does not change anything ... the idea has to be implemented in some sort of meaningful way
There are many initiatives to go beyond idea ... some quite small and some that have been able to grow to a substantial size and last for a long time.
This link gives navigation to several hundred of them.
Open L0200-INITIATIVES

THINKERS ... WHERE IDEAS COME FROM
Navigation by NAMEe of the THINKER / THOUGHT LEADER (alphabetic) There are many thinkers ... many associated with well known academic institutions, others who are independent.
Truly independent thinking is not easy, because there are strong disincentives to any change in the conventional wisdom.
Some of these disincentives come from the way peer review works
Other disincentives come from inappropriate linkage between the researcher and the source of funding for the research.
Open L0200-PE-THINKERS

MANAGING MISINFORMATION
With the proliferation of information flows, there is a growing challenge to manage and control the dissemination of misinformation.
There is a complex balancing act between the desire not to limit free speach (and the rights expressed in the US First Amendment to its Constitution) and the deliberate propogation of information that is wrong.

DYSFUNCTION OF THE SYSTEM / SYSTEMIC FAILURE
HUNGER / HOMELESSNESS / DESTRUCTION / POVERTY
MORALITY / KNOWLEDGE and IGNORANCE
GOOD PEOPLE STRUGGLING / AMAZING TECHNOLOGY / AMAZING POSSIBILITIES / MISSED OPPORTUNITIES

Aleppo 2017
Biafra 1970

Genocide (Liberia)

Hunger (Kenya)

Frontier (Moon)

Albert Einstein

Nelson Mandella


OVERVIEW / THE ARC OF HISTORY
LOTS TO LEARN FROM HISTORY AND WHAT IT MEANS FOR THE PRESENT AND THE FUTURE
Even though there has been amazing technological progress, almost everyone seems to be disappointed with the way the world works because in large part, the world does not work very well.
There is more knowledge, there are more ideas, there are more thinkers, there are huge possibilities, but even with all of this there is rather little progress compared to what is needed and what is possible. Something important is missing, and part of this is the lack of a system of performance measurement that embraces everything that matters. With the right metrics, it will be easier to move from 'talk' to 'walk'.
There is a dangerous amount of economic inequality not only between countries but also within countries.
Thought this trend has been in place for several decades, very little has been done to change the trajectory. At some point it should be anticipated that there will be social dysruption that could easily get out of control.
Open L0700-PP-Economic-Inequality
Poor progress in most developing countries
This link shows material that was orignally prepared around 2000.
Open L0700-PP-Fixing-failed-development
TRENDS
PROGRESS AND PERFORMANCE

PROGRESS AND PERFORMANCE for the COMPLETE SOCIO-ENVIRO-ECONOMIC SYSTEM


Open L070-PP-PROGRESS-PERFORMANCE
Measuring Progress and Performance
Talking ... telling stories about progress and performance is easy and commonplace, but measuring is more difficult. But measuring is essential in order for objective better decisions to be made eaily and quickly.
Open L0700-PP-Measuring-Progress-Performance
Progress and performance of the SOCIETY
Some elements of society have progressed well, but too many parts of society are not working well. The potential for major social dysruption must be addressed
Open L0700-PP-SOCIAL
Progress and performance of the ENVIRONMENT
Degradation of the environment has been ignored for most of modern history. There is a growing appreciation that this is not sustainable.
Open L0700-PP-ENVIRONMENTAL
Progress and performance of the ECONOMY
GDP growth has been strong ... but does not correlate well with quality of life and standard of living in wealthy mature economies
Open L0700-PP-ECONOMIC
Progress and performance of the FINANCIAL ECONOMY
There are powerful metrics about financial performance ... but nothing of equivalent power for other segments of the system
Open L0700-PP-Financial-Economy
IDEAS
Hundreds of ideas ... but not many get the traction needed to make a difference
Open L0200-IDEAS
INTERESTING IDEAS
Some ideas have the potential to be game-changers
Open L070-II-INTERESTING-IDEAS
THINKERS
People are responsible for ideas, and putting ideas into practice
Open L0200-THINKERS
POSSIBILITIES
Modern engineering enables amazing products offering huge possibilities for a better world
Open L0200-POSSIBILITIES
INTERESTING IDEAS
Many different ways to describe the system, but critical question is how well the system performs
Open L070-II-INTERESTING-IDEAS

CONTEXT
OVERVIEW / BACKGROUND / ISSUES / CONSTRAINTS / POSSIBILITIES

SYSTEMIC FAILURES / DYSFUNCTION / HUNGER / HOMELESSNESS / DESTRUCTION / POVERTY / MORALITY / KNOWLEDGE

GOOD PEOPLE STRUGGLING / AMAZING TECHNOLOGY / AMAZING POSSIBILITIES / MISSED OPPORTUNITIES
Civil war / Devastation / Genocide / Hunger
Economic Dysfunction / Homelessness / Poverty

Moral Authority / Knowledge
Amazing Technology / Possibilities
Genocide (Liberia)
Hunger (Kenya)
Frontier (Moon)
Albert Einstein
OVERVIEW / THE ARC OF HISTORY
LOTS TO LEARN FROM HISTORY AND WHAT IT MEANS FOR THE PRESENT AND THE FUTURE
Even though there has been amazing technological progress, almost everyone seems to be disappointed with the way the world works because in large part, the world does not work very well.
There is more knowledge, there are more ideas, there are more thinkers, there are huge possibilities, but even with all of this there is rather little progress compared to what is needed and what is possible. Something important is missing, and part of this is the lack of a system of performance measurement that embraces everything that matters. With the right metrics, it will be easier to move from 'talk' to 'walk'.
This link shows material that was orignally prepared around 2000.
Open L070-OVERVIEW
THOUSANDS OF ISSUES
A MULTITUDE OF ISSUES NEED TO BE ADDRESSED ... SYSTEM DYSFUNCTION NEEDS SYSTEM SOLUTIONS
Around 15,000 webpages / papers about hundreds of important issues (chronological)
Navigation to resources by issue
Open L0200-ISSUES-TextFileNav

Open L0200-ISSUES

Open MAIN-NAV-#ISSUES
SYSTEMIC DYSFUNCTION OF A COMPLEX SYSTEM
AMAZING KNOWLEDGE AND TECHNOLOGY BUT UNSATISFACTORY PROGRESS AND PERFORMANCE
The global socio-enviro-economic system (SEES)comprising a PEOPLE dimension, a NATURE dimension and a PEOPLE BUILT (CREATED CAPITAL) dimension is massively interconnected.
Exponential growth in knowledge and the capabilities of technology, impressive growth in the wealth of owners, rather slow progress for ordinary working people.
Open L07-TVIA#SEES

Open L07-TVIA#SPP

Open L07-SEES
WRONG METRICS
METRICS ARE POWERFUL, BUT BEING USED MAINLY FOR THE BENEFIT OF A VERY FEW
Many of the aggregate measures of performance show improvement over time, but the diaaggregation of these measures show that a small number of people have done very well while most people have not. Management metrics are used to improve financial performance, but the same power is not applied for impact on people and society and the impact on nature and the environment.
Open L07-MEASURES#WRONG
IDEAS / POSSIBILITIES
HUNDREDS OF IDEAS ... BUT NOT MANY GET THE TRACTION NEEDED TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Open L070-II-INTERESTING-IDEAS

Open L07-IDEAS-POSSIBILITIES

Open L0200-IDEAS
THINKERS
PUTTING IDEAS INTO PRACTICE ... BUT VERY FEW ACHIEVE THE SCALE THAT NEEDED TO MAKE A SIGNIFICANT DIFFERENCE
Open L0200-PE-THINKERS
CRITICAL CONSTRAINTS
CONSTRAINTS SOMETIMES DETERMINE PROGRESS AND PERFORMANCE MORE THAN ANYTHING ELSE
POSSIBILITIES
MODERN TECHNOLOGY IS ENABLING AMAZING POSSIBILITIES
INTERESTING-IDEAS

MANY IDEAS ... some might be game-changers
Open L070-II-INTERESTING-IDEAS
ISSUES
THOUSANDS OF ISSUES NEED TO BE ADDRESSED ... SYSTEM DYSFUNCTION NEEDS SYSTEM SOLUTIONS
Around 15,000 webpages ... text about hundreds of important issues in chronological download sequence
Open L0200-ISSUES-Chrono
Navigate to thousands of issues ... navigation by issue. No one single silver bullet will work!
Open L0200-ISSUES-Alpha
Some KEY ISSUES
SELECTION of the top few key issues Open L0200-ISSUES-Clusters
CLIMATE CHANGE Open L0300-CLIMATE-CHANGE
SYSTEM DYSFUNCTION of a Complex System Open L0300-Systemic-Dysfunction
CONSTRAINTS that stop better progress and performance
Open L0300-Constraints
INADEQUATE METRICS that focus almost exclusively on money profit and wealth, ignoring society and environment.
Open L0300-Wrong-Metrics
THOUSANDS of ISSUES
Multiple ways to access the information
Thousands of issues
in alphabetical sequence of subjects
Open L0200-ISSUES-Alpha
Thousands of issues
in chronological sequence ... access to well over 10,000 pages by download date
Open L0200-ISSUES-Chrono

SOCIAL ISSUES Open L0700-IS-SOCIAL-ISSUES
ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES Open L0700-IS-ENVIRONMENTAL-ISSUES
ECONOMIC ISSUES Open L0700-IS-ECONOMIC-ISSUES

Interconnected issues ... clusters
Overlapping and connected issues
Open L0200-ISSUES-Clusters
CLUSTERS of issues
Overlapping and connected issues
Open L070-CL-CLUSTERS-of-issues
Selected issues ... TOP FEW Open L0200-ISSUES-Top-Few
Selected issues ... HEALTHCARE Open L0200-ISSUES-HEALTHCARE
Selected issues ... getting MEDIA attention Open L0200-ISSUES-MEDIA-NEWS

INTRODUCTION to ISSUES
Thousands of Issues ... Relatively Few Meaningful Practical Solutions
GO TOP

ISSUES
MANY TERRIBLE SITUATIONS
STARVATION / MALNUTRITION

Africa

North Korea

Somalia
WAR / DESTRUCTION

Aleppo, Syria

Sanaa, Yemen

Mosul, Iraq
... and DEATH ... wanton killing

Monrovia, Liberia

Darfur, Sudan

Rwanda
Urban degradation

Detroit, USA

Modern slums

Not so modern slums
INEQUALITY

Obscene Wealth

Terrible Poverty

Juxtaposed
Pollution

Air pollution

Land fill

Plastic
Land Degradation

Mining

Deforestation

Desertification
Extreme Weather Events

Hurricanes

Rain events / Flooding

Ice Melt
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WHY?
Some very nasty national leaders

Ali Abdullah Saleh, Yemen

Charles Taylor, Liberia

Bashar al-Assad, Syria

Muammar Gaddafi, Libya

Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe

Idi Amin, Uganda
Money making nasty business ...

Viktor Bout, Arms Trafficker

el-Chapo-Guzman, Drug Trafficker

Sex Trafficking
Energy Industry ... Big profits and big pollution

Crude oil in Niger Delta

Flaring gas in USA

Refinery air quality

Coal (Open pit)

Fracking

Oil Spills / BP
Free enterprise oligarchs

Carlos Slim / Grupo Carso

Larry Ellison / Oracle

Bill Gates / Microsoft

Peter Thiel / PayPal etc

Mark Zuckerberg / Facebook
Jeff Bezos / Amazon
Too much militarism

Atomic Bomb / Mushroom Cloud

Powerful Navy

Air Power
Too little development cooperation

UN headquarters

US State Department

UNHCR / UN Refugee Agency
SOCIAL MEDIA
The challenge of controlling the 'dark side'

Google

Facebook

Twitter
LAND USE
Economic value respected ... Natural value ignored



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