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Date: 2018-07-22 Page is: DBtxt001.php L07-CONTEXT-ISSUES-RISKS

CONTEXT / ISSUES
RISKS
CONTEXT THE PRESENT STATE OF THE WORLD
OVERVIEW ... THE ARC OF HISTORY Open L070-KE-KEY-EVENTS
TRENDS ... PROGRESS AND PERFORMANCE Open L070-PP-PROGRESS-PERFORMANCE
IDEAS ... THINKERS / POSSIBILITIES / ANALYTICAL FRAMING Open L070-II-INTERESTING-IDEAS
ISSUES Open L070-IS-ISSUES
ISSUES in alphabetical sequence of subjects Open L0200-ISSUES-Alpha
ISSUES in chronological sequence ... access to well over 15,000 pages by download date Open L0200-ISSUES-Chrono
SOCIAL ISSUES Open L0700-IS-SO-SOCIAL-ISSUES
ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES Open L0700-IS-EN-ENVIRONMENTAL-ISSUES
ECONOMIC ISSUES Open L0700-IS-EC-ECONOMIC-ISSUES
RISKS
EXISTENTIAL RISKS Open L070-XR-EXISTENTIAL-RISKS

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


Desmond Tutu

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
INTRODUCTION to ISSUES
There are ISSUES that have to be addressed in every society ... in every human organization ... and in every system. Most times, an effective outcome in addressing an issue cannot be achieved by a single simple 'silver bullet' but requires system thinking and addressing many ISSUES in parallel. This was the theme of much of the thinking that preceded TVM in the 1990s and into the 2000s.
TPB/TVIA commentary:
Far too much of policy making during the past 50 years has attempted tp solve a problem ... and issue ... with a single issue focus and response. This might have worked in earlier times, butas the world has become more and more interconnected this approach is bound to fail. Take for example, the United Nations, which has a lot of specialized expertise in its various specialized agencies all of which are organized on single sector lines. In the real world at the country level the poblems overlap many sectors, and this need for multi-sector solutions persists to every community on the planet. The same critique applies to other organizations like, for example, the World Bank and most national governments.
My work in international development and humanitarian assistance was successful when there was the opportunity to engage multi-sector initiatives, whereas single sector projects rarely worked.

BURGESS BOOK - HUNDREDS OF ISSUES
Hundreds of Issues that Impact Relief and Development Performance
This text originated in the early 1990s and resulted in a book published in 2006 to highlight the need to have multi-issue initiatives to solve complex enviro-socio-economic problems. A single bullet will not solve problems!
This was published using Lulu.com print on demand
The text may be viewed in this single webpage Open bk005A-Z
The text may be seen via this navigation Open bk005A-Z-navigation
The text may be viewed via this PDF
'http://truevaluemetrics.org/DBpdfs/Burgess/Book-texts/TAN-report-0032-060821b-Hundreds-of-issues.pdf'
Open PDF ... TAN-report-0032-060821b-Hundreds-of-issues

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
.
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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