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Date: 2022-08-12 Page is: DBtxt003.php L0900-ACTIVITIES-03a
ACTIVITIES
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IMPACT IS ASSOCIATED WITH EVERY ACTIVITY FOR EVERY PRODUCT
NATURE EXTRACTION
SUPPLY CHAIN PRODUCTION
USE
POST USE
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NATURE'S CONTRIBUTION
MANGROVE SUN
AIR
Nature is the source of all value, whether it is what happens today (e.g. wind energy) or what happened in times past (e.g. fossil fuel). Nature is life itself. Nature produces food and regenerates itself. People live on top of nature. Nature has awesome power, and should be respected.
RESOURCE EXTRACTION
MINING
ENERGY
LOGGING Historically, resource extraction has been a major source of economic wealth accumulation, but this is diminished when resource depletion is accounted for. As more elements of a circular economy is deployed, this changes.
PRIMARY PRODUCTION
PULP & PAPER STEEL
PLASTICS
Modern production processes are impressive. They are highly productive and what used to be endemic shortage has been transformed into a surplus system.
AGRICULTURE
AG-LIVESTOCK AG-GRAIN FISHERIES Agriculture produces food. There was an agricultural revolution before there was an industrial revolution. Enough food is essential for human life. There is major disruption when there is famine.
TRANSPORTATION - GOODS
SHIPPING RAIL TRUCKING Agriculture produces food. There was an agricultural revolution before there was an industrial revolution. Enough food is essential for human life. There is major disruption when there is famine.
TRANSPORTATION - PEOPLE
ROADS RAIL MOBILITY Agriculture produces food. There was an agricultural revolution before there was an industrial revolution. Enough food is essential for human life. There is major disruption when there is famine.
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PERSONAL CONSUMPTION
FOOD - Vegetables FOOD - Meat FOOD - Processed Agriculture produces
CLOTHES FUEL
Agriculture produces
HOUSING HEALTH EDUCATION Agriculture produces
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POST USE WASTE
WASTE Agriculture produces
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POST USE RECYCLING
RECYCLE Agriculture produces
Every sector, every industry, has become very specialized and over a long period of time has been optimized for profit performance. Profit performance has been exceptional for decades, but too little attention has been paid to social and environmental issues. This must change. Process improvements are essential and must focus in improving social impact and environmental impact as well as merely being more profitable.
Every sector, every industry, has become very specialized and over a long period of time has been optimized for itself, and especially for its own profit performance. This sort of performance has been exceptional for decades, but very little attention has been paid to associated but external social and environmental issues. This must change. Process improvements are essential and must focus in improving social impact and environmental impact as well as merely being more profitable.

Sector specialization most always improves corporate profit performance, but over the years, impact throughout the product life cycle has not been accounted for. This has to change.
MANAGE FOR THE SECTORS / INDUSTRIES
WHAT IS THE IMPACT ON SOCIETY AND THE ENVIRONMENT?
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STREAMS / STRANDS / STRINGS
Everything that is used to support a high standard of living and quality of life has a long supply chain, then production and distribution, then use, and then a post use waste chain. For metrics to be meaningful, all of these stages must be brought into account.
STREAMS / STRANDS / STRINGS
WHAT ARE ALL THE IMPACTS FOR THE LIFE CYCLE OF PRODUCTS?
NATURE EXTRACTION
SUPPLY CHAIN PRODUCTION
USE
POST USE
Everything that is used to support a high standard of living and quality of life has a long supply chain, then production and distribution, then use, and then a post use waste chain. For metrics to be meaningful, all of these stages must be brought into account.

ACTIVITIES ARE ESSENTIAL AND EVERYWHERE
ACTIVITIES SUPPORT QUALITY OF LIFE FOR EVERYONE
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FLOW / ACTIVITIES
EXTRACTION / PRODUCTION / LOGISTICS / USE / WASTE / POLLUTION
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ROLE PLAYED BY INDIVIDUAL PROCESSES & FACTORIES
CONSIDER ALL THE PERSPECTIVES
EMPOWER ALL THE ACTORS
AND ACCOUNT FOR IMPACT ON ALL THE CAPITALS
TECHNOLOGY

Enabler of progress
ORGANIZATIONS
More than profit
PEOPLE

Men, women & children
PLACE

Where people live
PRODUCTS

Quality of Life
Some people are very fortunate, and others less so. The accident of birth should not be the main determinant of success and a happy productive life. There should be opportunity for everyone. The characteristics of the place make a big difference to quality of life. The choices people make regarding the products purchased and consumed impact the person, the economy and the environment.
Better results will be achieved when decisions are based on impact not only for corporate financial profit, but for all other the dimensions of the socio-enviro-economic system.
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ROLE PLAYED BY TECHNOLOGY
PRODUCT CONSUMPTION IS A DRIVER OF THE MODERN ECONOMY
CONSUMPTION
PROCESSES
MATERIALS
ENERGY
PAYROLL
Consumption is driving the modern economy. It looks like success as long as the depletion of natural resourcs and the degradation of the environment is ignored.There is strong correlation between better quality of life and more consumption in poor economies, but less so in mature rich econmies. Rich economies are increasingly associated with waste, luxury and inefficiency.
Innovation / Disruption
There is a celebration of innovation and disruption in the modern world that makes a good story for the media, but maybe is part of the reason for social malaise. In a market economy disruption usually means less work for ordinary people and lower incomes, but for the entrepreneur it can mean quite substantial wealth and power. The way the modern system is organized, the losers are on their own, and the winners are celebrated!

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