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Date: 2019-09-17 Page is: DBtxt001.php L07-CONTEXT-ISSUES-POSSIBILITIES
CONTEXT
ISSUES / RISKS / POSSIBILITIES
SYSTEMIC FAILURES / HUNGER / POVERTY / HOPELESSNESS / DESTRUCTION
GOOD PEOPLE / AMAZING TECHNOLOGY / HUGE POSSIBILITIES
Top 1% The Rest of the Population

Obscene Wealth

Terrible Poverty

Urban slums

Malnutrition

Starvation

Genocide
MANY ISSUES / EXISTENTIAL RISKS
GREAT POSSIBILITIES
THERE IS AMAZING TECHNOLOGY
We have got to use technology to make it possible for people to have a better life. This is a lot more than deploying technology to make the most financial wealth ... it is about people and environment and profit, not just the profit.

TOP RISKS GO TOP
INEQUALITY
A problem that has been growing for about 4 decades ... and ignored for all this time. Rich 'successful' people are responsible for this and will not do anything about it.
Obscene Wealth Terrible Poverty Juxtaposed More ... Open L0700-XR-Inequality
STARVATION / MALNUTRITION
Mostly caused by war and violence, but increasingly also being caused by dysfunctional governing institutions and climate change.
Africa North Korea Somalia More ... Open L0700-XR-Food-Insecurity
WAR / DESTRUCTION
The value destruction associated with war is ignored in metrics like GDP ... though the production of the bombs that do the damage are included.
Aleppo, Syria Sanaa, Yemen Mosul, Iraq More ... Open L0700-XR-War
DEATH ... WANTON KILLING
The horror of killing ... genocide ... is tough to witness. But too many world leaders have been responsible for this behavior in both the distant and recent past.
Monrovia, Liberia Darfur, Sudan Rwanda More ... Open L0700-XR-Wanton-Killing
URBAN DEGRADATION
The modern 'for profit' market driven economy does not result in quality affordable housing, but rather extreme opulance or derelict properties and slums.
Detroit, USA Modern slums Kibera, Kenya More ... Open L0700-XR-Urban-Degradation
POLLUTION
Products are important to improve standard of living and quality of life, but most products post use then become waste that in many cases pollutes the planets for a very long time.
Air pollution Land fill Plastic More ... Open L0700-XR-Industrial-Pollution
LAND DEGRADATION
Undeveloped natural land is very important for the operation of the global ecosystem, but more and more of natueral land is being developed either for agriculture or for industrial or urban development.
Mining Deforestation Desertification More ... Open L0700-XR-Degraded-Land
EXTREME WEATHER
Extreme weather events are getting more frequent and more ferocious. This is not suprising given the huge increase in the latent energy of the climate system that results from just a small increase in global temperatuve.
Hurricanes Rain / Flooding Tropical depressions More ... Open L0700-XR-Climate-Change
DROUGHT / WATER SHORTAGES
In a drought ... without water, vegetation dies, livestock die and eventually people die. Without water, life cannot be sustained.
No water everything dies More ... Open L0700-XR-Drought-Water-Shortages
MORE Open L070-XR-EXISTENTIAL-RISKS
WEF GLOBAL RISK PROFILES 2018 Open L0700-XR-Global-Risk-Profiles-WEF
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IDEAS AND INITIATIVES
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-OG-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

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.

ISSUES
MANY TERRIBLE SITUATIONS
GO TOP
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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