What is CSQ?
CSQ – Common Sense Quotient – is a term coined first in our CSQ Common Sense 101 Civics Course for high-schools. CSQ is a measure of the socially worthwhile contributions of our decisions and actions. A person with High-IQ and High-EQ can be said to be a successful person – but this can also describe a serial murderer as easily. A High-CSQ individual is one who makes decisions that benefit society and can be called worthwhile as well.
Why are we called CSQ Research Inc.?
CSQ was first defined in the book CSQ Common Sense 101; a textbook and course designed to help middle-schoolers improve their decisions in Civics, Economic Policy, Democratic Voting, Community, School, Families and coping, learning and memory skills in their own lives as well. CSQ never stops at a description of WHAT needs to happen; we always want to explain HOW to Design and then Build our needs as projects too.
CSQ Research’s SUSTAIN Project Management Method requires:
Discovery (WHAT is needed) -> Design (HOW will we Implement) -> BUILD -> Monitoring & Life Cycle Management
This means that CSQ Common Sense 101 (the book) had to identify all of the social, economic and engineering projects needed to build a Good Life from a Global to a Personal point-of-view. Thirty-eight major projects were identified, then sequenced chronologically, and this created the CSQ 100 Year Plan.
Now, cherry-picking just those 100-Year-Plan projects needed to deliver an easily scalable Good Life was simple. World Peace – The Transition explained in detail the #WPProjects that were exactly needed and it also explained how to build them. Detailing the explanations of how to repair our economy in order to allow for these changes, required a new field of Economics that we called Transition Economics. The RAI – Renewable Automation Index and The CMI – Country Management Index were important tools needed in Transition Economics.
Once we had explained a list of social and automation projects needed for a bright future and Good Life locally, we can scale it for everyone else globally as well.
We live on a planet where just 20% of us are assured the basic human rights of food, clean water, energy, transportation and shelter. This approach let us very easily target the minimum number of highly-scalable projects needed to make a positive difference rapidly.
Remember, that science fiction just takes an engineering project to make it a reality. How quickly does it happen now? The Driverless Car took just two years to develop and pilot – and at the time of this writing those pilot cars have completed one-million miles of accident-free driving. Worldville 1.0 will take just two to five years to Pilot as well.
At CSQ Research, we run Projects of tremendous value that can be realized very quickly – and with very high quality as well, because our build process is well-defined and proven in engineering offices that run 500+ projects annually. To us, this is just another day at the office.
In the end, just nineteen projects were needed to build World Peace – Six Social Projects and Thirteen Engineering Projects. #WPProjects is a mitigation plan for one of these nineteenEngineering projects: #WPProjects explains and then assigns the 250 engineering projects, one per country, that robotically automate our basic human needs of food, shelter, energy, education, transportation – at least until a working self-powered replicator can be invented and installed in every home in every community.
We are CSQ Research because everything we recommend, design, and build – aligns with a Right Plan – a method of Planning Worthwhile Projects that build Good Lives and a Sustainable Society.
The Right Plan is the one whose ends, means, practical thinking and purposeful action result in a Good Life. A life full of things you need – and not necessarily a life full of everything you want. With a little luck, goods in body and soul, and by making a habit of good choices that reflect moral virtues of temperance, courage, and justice, a Good Life should be sought and found.
Abridged from Aristotle’s Politic 322 BC (see Messerly, 2013)
What does CSQ Research build?
We build Planning, Policy, Intellectual Property (IP) in Robotics and Inter-operability, Clean Energy Systems (Cirenergy), and systems that build and monitor (see Worthwhile Ventures, DashFlows and CMI) sustainable, rapidly scaleable Good Lives and societies.
Common CSQ Terminology
In CSQ terminology, most:
Actions or Changes – are called Projects and are recommended to follow a Project Management Life Cycle (PMLC) methodology. In broad terms, four steps of a project are – Discovery -> Design -> Implementation -> Revision Management
Communities – the smallest measure of a community is a country. This ensures that multiple communities do not defensively compete within a single country. We are a planet of 200+ Sovereign Nations each with important cultures – that seems like sufficient diversity. Countries administer their WP Transition Projects while a central administrator – presently CSQ Research and eventually the United Nations – monitors and coordinates the 250+ projects.
What is a “Good Life”?
The term “Good Life” was used by Aristotle 2500 years ago to describe the American Dream – and it is an important building block for sustainable societies that we as CSQ work very hard to build. A Good Life is a life with all basic human rights as described in Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, as well as others – and it includes food, shelter, energy, security, love, family, education, healthcare, transportation, opportunity. A life full of the things we need; but not necessarily all of the things that we might want.
What is a Meaningful Life?
Ah yes, the meaning of life. This is, not surprisingly, an important discussion. Scholars and Philosophers have consolidated create writings for a lifetime and many summarize it down to this.
A Meaningful Life is one spent building projects and in pursuits that lead to a sustainable society.
Having happiness or religion, does make a life meaningful as neither of these in themselves requires action nor meaningful result. Suggested reading is the Meaning of Life Chapters in World Peace – The Transition and CSQ Common Sense 101
What is Freedom?
Even Aristotle described a worthwhile life full of things we need; and not necessarily all of the things we want. Liberte is not freedom – so here is our definition:
What is Freedom?
Freedom is a society wherein young families can support their children at age 20 – with higher education if wished and from within a family home; without concern for saving for years before they can pay off student loans and then afford a home. Families can stay close if they wish – and can help support younger and older generations of family members; women can work – or raise their children as and when they want. Fathers are not bound to office cubicles and research – and worthwhile engineering, medical and community work is available to all. A lifetime of art, science, discovery, adventure, and acknowledged and rewarded contribution while building worthwhile projects – with the opportunity to have an income as you wish – with the safety nets that do not discourage risk takers and entrepreneurs.
Life Cycle Management – most policies, laws, computer programs, and physical structures have a start or “build”, followed by an operational life-span, and then a series of revisions or renovations, and then an end or a decommission. A requirement of #WPProjects is Life-Cycle Management: regularly scheduled Release-Managed updates; Revision-Controlled documentation, laws, and policy. A Law might have a 1.0 revision number assigned at the start, but every four years – or other agreed-to re-release intervals – a revisit of the operational monitoring statistics, or new user needs, may mean that an update is needed. Software release cycles are often four-times per year or just once per year; Laws may need revisiting (a new “project” run, every four or five years); Buildings may need renovation every twenty-five years – and at the end of their useful lifespan, a responsible tear-down and new structure takes its place. Recycling robots re-purpose the material of the structure and plasma incinerators turn non-recyclable waste into clean, reusable energy.
Disruption – is a very good thing – but only when Governments have planned for it.
In the G8, most of our systems of housing, retirement, benefits, and income are based on a one-job-for-life model; a model that no longer exists and a model that will rapidly vanish altogether for the great majority of the world’s citizens this next 10 to 20 years. Income interruptions equate to hunger, social problems, homelessness, and even revolution once communities are pushed far enough. So – instead, we change those systems – like many other countries who already have made changes – like Germany, Switzerland, Norway, the Netherlands and 100 million other citizens in other socialistic policy countries – where the American Dream is alive and well, thirty five years after it was lost in America ironically.
When the Netherlands and Finland initiated Guaranteed Incomes in 2015, they were getting ready to overcome social obstacles to automation. Rather than bail water manually – in a foolish effort to protect incomes arrived at by those bailing jobs, displaced workers were guaranteed minimum incomes and retraining safety nets. This permitted the water to be pumped automatically – sustainably and efficiently – while former bailers carried on productive, satisfying, uninterrupted lives. That – is one project and solution in Economic Controls.
This is the solution via Economic Controls, but we don’t stop there. We implement #WPProjects’ Technology Projects – 250 projects that automate sustainably, robotically, food delivery – from field to table; clean water, energy, shelter (assembly lines build robots that build and manage our housing), transportation, education, healthcare, on and on. The list of projects is obvious – we created a smart 80%-20% list by taking the Top 100 Grocery items sold in stores; the Top 50 Hardware-store items; Kitchen & Laundry Appliances; the Top 35 pharmaceuticals, and so on – and then we assign one project per country matching top exporting countries for assigned items so that Mexico, for one example, can leverage its expertise at maintaining its top-exporter productions of Mangos; for Vietnam – it was peppercorns.
We equate automation with smart leadership. Why should we want to Automate our current manual Production Economy? Its simple – do you believe that anyone will starve once food arrives at everyone’s home automatically? Or will you stay up nights worrying about how will you pay your rent or mortgage once that home is available to you automatically, without cost as well eventually? Of course not.
Slowly, the importance of money will fall away by itself as more and more automations come online. Soon, making decisions based on moral reasonings get easier to make too. True “Freedom” is only to be found in sustainable abundance and not in scarcity.
Over time, France will get the chance to revive its once insurmountable culinary and fine arts reputation again; The eastern-european mathematicians will have freedom to solve diagnostic imaging shortcomings that shorten lives unnecessarily today; Cancer, and other diseases requiring expensive ongoing pharmaceutical treatments today, will be led to cures outright.
Robotic automations are also easy to scale up – which means that the 80% of our planet that does not have a good life today, also gets to raise a family with a respectable minimum level of human rights.
We all win. This is the philosophy of sustainability as discussed in the Golden Rule’s basis in empathy.
What has our Research shown?
At CSQ Research, we don’t protect an unrealistic moral high-ground; if the numbers supported another conclusion we would direct policy recommendations as needed to sustain societies. We research every country’s economies and were, we believe, able to confirm transparently that support for freedom and for a Good Life, are also 10-times and more more consistently successful economically.