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Sustainability, Spirit & Community

Definition of Sustainability and a Sustainable Prosperity with a Meaningful Quality of Life for ALL

Prosperity means to thrive. It means to have the appropriate abundance necessary to maintain life and where appropriate grow.

Currently there are many different definitions of sustainability. Most of these definitions contain elements for not only allowing life to survive, but more importantly allowing life to thrive in all the important and meaningful ways --- for longer and longer periods of time.

"When its new definition and opportunities are understood, the new ideas of sustainability prosperity are indispensable for both long term financial viability and short term  prosperity." Lawrence Wollersheim

In addition to the above definitions, sustainability is also about living within natural or functional limits, understanding the inter-dependencies and inter-connectedness of life in a particular environment, economy and society and, the appropriate and fair (level playing field,) distribution of information, opportunity (access,) and resources within and between the parts of any given whole based upon both fair exchange and need.

Sustainability does not deny or attack financial viability and stability it enhances it! In fact, in most all of our personal or cultural organizations and systems without financial sustainability the organizations or systems simply could not continue to exist. Sustainability is not something opposed to financial viability it is something essential and critical to achieving it and expanding it in the most meaningful, lasting and satisfying ways.

Sustainability at its physical core is really all about energy exchange, balance and energy regulation. For any living thing (or any organization,) to continue to exist and prosper it must establish energy exchange and balance though proper regulation. Sustainable prosperity is about how to do that for greater and greater lengths of time and for greater scales of people, groups systems etc.

Any organizations or individuals that do not establish financial sustainability in the form of appropriate energy exchange, balance and regulation, (money is a form of energy too,) are just as unsustainable as many of our current lifestyle and livelihood practices are that are currently harming the environment. Knowing how to establish your life-critical personal or organizational financial sustainability in the near future will be just as important as establishing environmental sustainability, but this new financial sustainability will also be directly based upon  continually establishing an improving sustainable prosperity as it is further defined below. But first a reality check!

The Ever Dwindling Jobs Reality Check. How Sustainability is the Key to Future Jobs Creation

The harsh reality that no western business leader or government official will discuss on the record is that billions of jobs will be leaving the global economy permanently. It is not just the outsourcing in the Western economies that is causing this permanent decrease in the creation of new jobs. Western economies will eventually begin to see 10-16% or more unemployment as the new norm and soon even those numbers will continue to rise.

As robotics, bio-technology and nano-manufacturing as well as the new Web 3.0 Internet self-service tools become more developed and widespread the job and career paths of work as we know it today are going to radically and quickly change. There are so many examples of these new technologies increasing productivity and eliminating jobs that will never come back in each of these technology areas that it is unnecessary to mention them here.

We are on a new technologies path that will continue to create fewer and fewer jobs because it will continue to increase productivity through technology and/or, which does not require human participation other than a small portion of technology designers and maintainers. This is the harsh reality that needs to be acknowledged without denial or fear so that humanity can use this information and transition to move itself to an even better level of existence and jobs.

The information that you find below on how to create a sustainable prosperity for all deals with this job reality of the future and of the harsh present. It offers new directions and solutions as well as structural suggestions to meet the future work and jobs challenge with more good jobs and a practical and realistic hope and plan for a better life for all.

Building Sustainable Prosperity and Meaningful Quality of Life for All

"Sustainable Prosperity starts with increasing the time scope of our understanding about the 13.7 billion year evolution of life in the universe. It then moves next to our personal commitment to increasing the satisfaction and meaning of our lives and finally ends with, our commitment to allowing the same for everyone else." Lawrence Wollersheim

A sustainable prosperity and meaningful quality of life for all does deal with all of the elements mentioned above. Within the new Universe Evolutionary Worldview a sustainable prosperity and meaningful quality of life for all is defined as follows:

A sustainable prosperity would allow for and utilize the total and individual productivity ALL of humanity to create and maintain for itself through fair and appropriate exchanges for expanding periods of time and for greater scales (numbers of people, systems etc.) the following:

  1. an initial satisfaction of basic physiological survival, (nutrition, shelter, warmth, basic health care, etc.,) security and safety needs (police, army, courts, etc.,) this would also include creating through productivity an adequate surplus and reserves for care of the ill, the incapacitated, handicapped or elderly who truly are unable to be productive in fair and appropriate exchanges with others and the society.)

  2. the establishment of adequate other special reserves to maintain basic physiological survival and safety needs relating to natural disasters and other unpredictable emergencies, then

  3. creation of productivity based surpluses that eventually would also provide for and encourage the full satisfaction of all of the other physical, emotional and spiritual needs found on Maslow’s Needs Hierarchy, (in which points a-c here can only be attained in a sustainable way as defined as a way that simultaneously also balances and integrates the appropriate sustainability needs: of other living species, of our planetary biological support systems (clean air water etc.,) and that are also in alignment with the interests and needs of the progressive evolution of the universe as a whole. See Maslow’s Needs Hierarchy graphic to make this clearer.

When we say sustainable prosperity for ALL we mean all individuals, but we do not mean that some individuals can freeload or steal abusing the goodwill of the social group or others. If an individual is of able body and sound mind, can be productive and be in fair and appropriate exchange with others for their work --- they are part of the definition of all! This also means that the social group may and should also provide support for charity situations for the truly infirm or disabled from the surplus and reserves created by the group.

The above is a big new vision, but creates a true win/win/win at the highest levels and it is more that worth the effort and creativity needed because a sustainable prosperity and meaningful quality of life for all creates a far greater sense of increasing satisfaction and well being in the lives of those who practice it and will eventually lead to end of most war and crime. This is simply because it satisfies more of all of a human's needs listed on the Maslow’s Needs Hierarchy and most people find deep value in being able to achieve increasing levels of different meaningful need satisfactions in their lives.

Research has shown that personal life satisfaction is near highest in individuals when basic physiological survival and safety needs are initially met. Life satisfaction goes a tiny bit higher on this life satisfaction bell curve graph when just a few extra comforts or luxuries are added, but then satisfaction level begins to immediately level off and then starts dropping steeply when over consumption occurs with copious luxuries and other non essential material needs and people are not pursuing fulfilling their other higher Maslow’s Needs Hierarchy  needs.

One of the greatest beauties of sustainable prosperity is that through fair and appropriate exchanges it will also help us in monumental ways to create a lasting and meaningful just civilization for all. (Here by lasting we are defining “lasting” in universe time frames where 10 million human generations is hardly even a blink in the billions of years of universe time.)

How do You Create a Sustainable Prosperity and Meaningful Quality of Life for All?

There are many physical actions you can take to live more sustainably:

  1. Demand use of the Triple Bottom Line and Full-Cycle Accounting: Sustainable Prosperity is created by all businesses and organizations embracing fair and appropriate exchange, the Triple Bottom Line Principle and product and production Full-Cycle Accounting in managing and determining economic profitability. Full cycle accounting prevents businesses from exporting ANY costs related to the full production cycle of their product to any other entity including taxpayers.

    The Triple Bottom Line also redefines profit in terms of a sustainability, which involves fair and appropriate exchanges, the profit of the stakeholders (investors and employees,) of the organization and the community and environment the organization exists within. Profitability that makes profit for the organization and harms the community and environment is not sustainable or fair exchange profitability.

  2. Align all individual and group actions with the progressive directionality of evolution: Probably the single most important way to create sustainable prosperity is to align one's life, actions and goals (or one's organization,) with the progressive directionality of evolution within the universe. To successfully align one's actions (or one's organization's actions,) with the unstoppable directionalized power flow of progressive evolution one would specifically seek to align oneself to the highest degree possible with as many of the day-to-day practical action and attitude principles and "values" of progressive evolution.

    To learn more about the steps and levels of the progressive directionality of evolution in the universe, click here.

    To then learn how to apply the unstoppable directionalized power flow of progressive evolution to your day-to-day life in practical ways using the new Universe Principles of Life for successful action and attitude, click here.

    (The New Universe Principle's nine primary success attitudes [in the link just above,] are particularly applicable to uplifting and expanding the perspectives upon how the sustainability movement's environmental activism can be more effectively re-aligned and executed.)

  3. Create a manufacturing culture where sustainability is engineered into every part of the manufacturing cycle and life cycle of the product. Products that will help create a sustainable prosperity are first sustainable, functional, cost effective, artistic and fully recyclable or replaceable in sections during the products life cycle.
  4. Embrace the New Deeper and Broader Definition of Growth and Sustainable Prosperity: One creates a sustainable prosperity though the recognition that prosperity is not just or primarily defined by material things that fulfill life's basic physiological survival and safety needs from the Needs Hierarchy. A true sustainable prosperity focuses even more upon also attaining the meanings and satisfactions of the higher level needs of Maslow’s Needs Hierarchy once one's basic physical and material survival and safety needs have been met.

    Growth and prosperity needs to be seen not just in physical and economic material terms, but also in terms of non-physical and non-material growth such as in the deeper and broader satisfactions and meanings that come from maturing and maturity, learning, wisdom and having quality experiences. Growth can also be seen and well-served by seeing it like the developmental process of the human body in life.

    The body does not keep physically growing forever. At some point the body stops growing physically, but mentally and emotionally (and spirituality for those so inclined,) it can continue growing and maturing (prospering,) indefinitely along the higher non-material needs of Maslow’s Needs Hierarchy.

    Individuals, organizations and a civilization can keep growing and prospering indefinitely if that growth and prosperity is not just focused primarily on non-sustainable physical growth. (Organizations and civilizations can also be seen as seeking the various levels of Maslow’s Needs Hierarchy.)

    Moving from a view of growth and prosperity near exclusively in material terms to a view of growth and prosperity also including and valuing the higher non-material needs of Maslow’s Needs Hierarchy is both a critical and essential part of the sustainable prosperity objectives of the new Universe Evolutionary Worldview and Job One for Humanity, which is reducing human pollution caused severe climate change and preserving the planet’s life support systems.

  5. If you are of a spiritual or religious nature practice ecospirituality as a key element of your faith. Click here for more on ecospirituality.

Creating Billions of New Jobs in The New Sustainable Prosperity and Meaningful Quality of Life Economy

Sustainable Prosperity will create a whole new fair and appropriate exchange based economy based upon satisfying more and more of the Maslow’s Needs Hierarchy for humanity. The types of new or expanding job types you will see in the new sustainable prosperity for all economy for all are:

  1. Hundreds of millions of additional new teachers of all kinds and skills will be needed as more of our leaders recognize that this is primarily a learning universe and education of humanity is the foundation to resolving all humanity's many challenges,
  2. Hundreds of millions of farmers will be needed as food productions shifts away from unsustainable huge scale factory farms to local smaller scale more sustainable farming,
  3. Hundreds of millions of local business persons will be needed as business shifts away from unsustainable "too big to fail" multinational business corporations (who are finally made to capture all their true costs using the Triple Bottom Line,) to more sustainable local businesses and cooperatives that can now compete fairly in the new sustainable prosperity economy,
  4. Hundreds of millions of new sustainable energy and recycling related jobs will be created as the world shifts away from unsustainable energy supplies to more sustainable energy sources and energy supply systems and the world begins to recycle and reuse almost everything! This also includes all the jobs that will be created as we upgrade and retro-fit our existing structures to become more energy efficient. For more details on exactly how this is done see The Third Industrial Revolution: How Lateral Power Is Transforming Energy, the Economy, and the World by Jeremy Rifikin (September 2011)
  5. Hundreds of millions of new jobs will be created by the new sustainable products and production that will mandated by all world governments,
  6. Tens of millions of therapists and coaches of all kinds will be needed to help individuals and organizations achieve Maslow's higher needs,
  7. Millions of artists of all kinds will be needed to help us achieve Maslow's higher needs,
  8. Tens of millions of police and regulatory agents will be needed to create the security and safety needed for the learning to take place and to enforce the new sustainable life style regulations until it become a natural part of the lives and habits of the peoples of the world,
  9. We will need millions of new specialized mathematicians and accountants who can create the continually evolving algorithms and formulas necessary to track full consequence capture and the triple bottom line. This will allow businesses, organizations and governments to have this information available to make better choices for sustainable prosperity and to accurately assign consequence responsibilities for current business costs that are currently being unfairly exported to others and often invisibly placed upon communities, individuals and the environment. And,
  10. Tens of millions of other completely new jobs of all kinds will be created to help achieve Maslow's higher needs.

More about how Sustainable Prosperity and a Meaningful Quality of Life for All is Being Built Upon the "Values" of the New Universe Worldview and the Principles of Progressive Evolution

To see more cosmological and progressive evolution principles and practical working "values," actions and attitudes effective for creating the New Universe Worldview's sustainable prosperity found:

  1. expressed within a quick overview of the nature of the universe as a master system, click here.
  2. expressed as a creative interpretation of the vital success attitudes in what we call the new Universe Principles of Life, click here. (The new Universe Principle's nine primary success attitudes are particularly applicable to uplifting and expanding the perspectives upon how the sustainability movement's environmental activism can be more effectively re-aligned and executed.)
  3. expressed within a quick overview of the core steps and levels of progressive evolution, click here.
  4. expressed as a creative interpretation of the practical success actions derived from progressive evolution and what we call the new Universe Principles of Life, click here.

(The new Universe Principle's of Optimal Actions for Sustaining Life are particularly validating of existing actions as well as applicable to further uplifting and expanding the perspectives upon how the sustainability movement's environmental activism can be more effectively re-aligned and executed.)

The Principles of the Sustainable Prosperity Activism

The principles that inform the new activism activities of individuals or groups seeking to make a fair and appropriate exchange based sustainable prosperity a global reality include the above new Universe Worldview principles, but particularly also include:

  1. the creative interpretation of the practical optimal actions derived from progressive evolution or, what we call the new Universe Principles of Life Part 1. Click here for all of these activism optimal actions.
  2. the creative interpretation of the vital optimal attitudes or what we call the new Universe Principles of Life Part 2. Click here for all of these activism success attitudes.

Using the above optimal action and attitude aspects of the universe principles of progressive evolution creatively and wisely applied to most all activism situations shifts the attitude, perspective and actions of the environmental movement away from often reactive activities driven by impending crisis and fear consciousness to a proactive, big picture, progressive evolutionary process focused consciousness far better suited to co-creating the best environmental results in the most effective and efficient ways.

The early-adapter groups currently most aligned with the sustainable prosperity activism principles are known as Millennials, sustainability advocates, the new environmentalists, conscious evolutionaries, Lohas advocates (lifestyles of life health and sustainability,) integral evolutionaries, eco-spirituality practitioners, simple living advocates, universe evolutionaries, cultural creatives or big history advocates. In addition to these early-adapter groups many progressive members of religious faiths are also becoming sustainable prosperity advocates and activists.

What You Can Do to Help Create a Sustainable Prosperity for Yourself and Your Groups:

1. ) Learn the new full definition of sustainable prosperity found on this page so that you can adjust your actions and incentives and disincentives towards achieving this new goal.

2.) Understand the basics principles of the progressive directionality of evolution.

3.) Align your life with progressive evolution principles through the application of the Universe Principles of Life.

4.) Build a support group for yourself and your friends for this evolutionary change. Once you have the facts having adequate support is 90% of the reason you will be successful in building a mini culture of sustainable prosperity and eventually a macro culture that embraces sustainable prosperity.

5.)  Do everything within your influence and creativity to educate your political representatives as to the shift society must make from the old job and corporate culture to the new job and corporate culture as described in the principles and definitions of sustainable prosperity.

6.) Forward Job One For Humanity because it is critical to creating a sustainable prosperity. Click here to read about Job One For Humanity. It will become apparent quickly how this essential program to reverse sever climate change is vital to the goals of creating a sustainable prosperity.

What's Next?

Click here, for your next personalized best exploration step to find out...

…what types of individuals this new science and universe-informed spirituality integrated organization is designed for and, what would be your best next exploration step based upon your greatest current interests and unique personal background?

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