By Kenyon B. De Greene (auth.), Kenyon B. De Greene (eds.)
This publication relies on a few structures thoughts, of which the next are emphasised right here: oThe interacting platforms of society and the surroundings are dynamic and evolution ary oEvolution of those structures includes them via levels of differential balance and instability, continuity and discontinuity oAssociated with evolution and instability is structural swap that's primarily irre versible oThe current is a level of worldwide transformation that will not were equaled for many years or perhaps centuries oPolicies and judgements needs to fit the days, within the current case the level of global transformation The time 11:59:59 PM, nearly, on December 31, 2000 has an impor tant symbolic which means. It marks the top of a minute, the top of an hour, the top of an afternoon, the tip of a 12 months, the top of a decade, the top of a century, and the top of a millennium. The time and date supply a handy yardstick opposed to which we will be able to assessment the evolution of our pondering and the adequacy of our assumptions, psychological types, paradigms, and rules. Will the start tum out to be correctly dif ferent from the top? we are hoping that this booklet is useful in such overview. this can be a new-paradigm e-book, which either offers and advances the recent frame of mind in regards to the structures of technology, know-how, society, economics, politics, and the surroundings, and actively demands the alternative of the worn out cognitive/sociotechnical paradigm.
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2. Undertake local solutions to local problems and redesign institutions and inhabited areas accordingly. 3. Accelerate the implementation of means for reducing the rate of human population growth with the goal of a net reduction in numbers. Focus on the sustainable quality of human life. 4. Dismantle the Machine Model of Humanity, applying social solutions to social problems and psychological solutions to psychological problems, rather than the technological and institutional solutions now largely sought.
Ecology and economics have also developed as a mutually causal web. For example, deforestation has been intensified by economic factors. In the western US, Alaska, and western Canada, trees are clear cut and timber exported, mainly to Japan, 18 A SYSTEMS-BASED APPROACH TO POLICYMAKING in attempts to equalize the balance of payments. The hasty acquisitions of the 1980s have also been destructive to the ecosystem as companies accelerate the clear cutting of old-growth forests in order to pay back loans.
Manufacturing capabilities and job skills, even high-tech, were lost through improper automation and mechanization, mass firings, and the transfer of plants and jobs to cheap-labor countries. The US changed from being a major creditor nation to becoming the world's largest debtor. In many ways the US has retrogressed to the status of a Third World nation as exports have shifted from manufactured goods to a proportionately greater emphasis on commodities like agricultural and forest products; and as greater numbers of Americans face a decreased standard of living.