CSQ Research is a Not-for-Profit Think-Tank and NGO Worthwhile Industries engineering organization headquartered in Toronto, Canada
We build Sustainable Societies
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Our Mission Statement
CSQ Research improves decision making and education in Civics, Economics, Engineering, Investment & Government Policy. Program Goals include:
- Our programs are always worthwhile by Aristotle’s definition – they:
“build good meaningful lives through purposeful actions (Worthwhile Projects) which lead to sustainable societies”
abridged Messerly, Aristotle, Politic 322 BCE
- We build: stronger global cooperation, strong – nations, social contracts, democracies, communities, schools, education and courseware, and families
- We focus on remedying the causes, and not just the symptoms, of economic and social system shortfalls
- CSQ Research lessons never stop at a description of WHAT needs to happen; we always want to explain the HOW as well. We define “how” in our design and build documents, and we maintain traceability so that all of our solutions map directly back to the needs of a sustainable community
- CSQ Research is not futuristic. We build solutions using assembly lines and principles little-changed from those operating in the 1930s. We employ best-practice engineering frameworks in life-cycle-management, maturity modeling, least effort product, lean, six-sigma, and leading process
- When there is a problem that needs to be solved, recognizing there is a problem is the first step to solving it. We state problems and the supporting research in contextually accurate, transparent, and defendable reports. We ensure successful execution of a solution via SUSTAIN Project Management, best-practice, well-communicated awareness, thought-leadership, education, and scientific research processes only – like Transition Economics
- World Peace – is the ultimate sustainable deliverable of all of our programs
How do we define the Policies and Projects that build Sustainable Societies?
CSQ Common Sense 101 (the book and course) set out to identify all of the worthwhile social, economic and engineering projects needed to build Aristotle’s Good Life from a Global, Country, Community, School, down to an Individual’s point-of-view. Thirty-eight major projects were identified in all, and then these were sequenced chronologically to create the CSQ 100 Year Plan
With this plan in hand, cherry-picking just the projects that were needed to deliver an easily scalable Good Life (World Peace) was straight-forward. World Peace – The Transition explained in detail, the #WPProjects that were needed to transition us all to a sustainable society – and, of course, it also explained “How” to build these projects
CSQ Research is the home of the SUSTAIN Project Management Method, a powerful building & method of change which describes:
Discovery (WHAT is needed) -> Design (HOW will we Implement) -> BUILD -> Monitoring & Life Cycle Management
Explaining how to repair our economy as we built these projects, required a new field of Economics that CSQ Research calls Transition Economics. The RAI – Renewable Automation Index, Transition Economics Maturity Models and The CMI – Country Management Index were important tools needed in defining the monitors for Transition Economics
Once we had explained #WPProjects’ list of social and automation projects – as needed for a bright future and Good Life locally, we had to also explain how to scale it for everyone globally too
Worthwhile Industries and Worthwhile Ventures Capital , the Capital financing and solutions companies, required to build affordable Social Contracts in #WPProjects & Worthwhile Campuses internationally
We live on a planet where just 20% are assured the basic human rights of a strong social contract – food, clean water, energy, transportation, reliable sufficient incomes, security, healthcare, and shelter. CSQ Research targets the highly-scalable projects needed to make a positive difference quickly and reliably
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 capable person – but as Marcus Aurelius put it 2000 years ago, 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.
What does CSQ Research build?
Through our do-tank, Worthwhile Industries Campuses and Worthwhile Ventures Capital, we build solution companies which produce 70% of the planet’s GDP as needed by our Social Contracts – so food, pharmaceuticals, forestry, manufacturing, housing, construction, and more
We build Intellectual Property (IP) in robotics, cross-industry automation, clean energy solutions (Cirenergy, GridBots, and FuelBots), and worthwhile solutions that a build opportunity and Good Lives in the industries that build strong, self-sufficient economies
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How quickly are we making Projects and Changes happen?
In World Peace – The Transition, we explained that “science fiction” takes just an engineering project to turn almost anything into a reality. How quickly do all of these changes happen? The Driverless Car took just two years to develop and pilot – and at the time of this writing, those pilot cars have completed many million miles of accident-free driving miles
Worthwhile CAMPUSes build Worldville 1.0 within just two-to-five years similarly – and wait until you see “Oasis” – which will take perhaps just ten years. * (Timing is constrained by capital financing only)
At CSQ Research, we run projects of tremendous value that can be realized very quickly. We run with very high quality via our SUSTAIN Programs and Certify other project teams as well. SUSTAIN is a well-defined process proven in engineering offices that run 1000+ engineering projects annually
The complex work of building a bright future is just another day at the office for us
In the end, just nineteen projects were needed to build World Peace – Six Social Projects and Thirteen Engineering Projects. #WPProjects and Worthwhile Campuses are a mitigation plan for one of these nineteen engineering projects.
#WPProjects – assigns the 250 engineering projects needed country-by-country. Each national engineering team then robotically automates this basic need – of food, shelter, energy, education, transportation.
Worthwhile Industries – allows financial industries and national investment that builds, and profits from, the sustainable solution companies which are needed to build a strong social contract – and a strong economy – in every nation
At a point in the very distant future, a self-powered Replicator can be invented and installed in every home. Until then our assembly-lines and delivery systems meet the needs of strong social contracts, self-sufficiency and good lives.
Everything CSQ Research recommends, designs, and builds, aligns with a Right Plan – a Strategic Plan of 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 (Messerly, 2013)
Worthwhile Industries CAMPUSes are a Do-tank; presented to commercial investors internationally by our Worthwhile Ventures Capital organization.
Common CSQ Terms
In CSQ terminology, most:
Actions or Changes – are treated as 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 definition 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 in a society permits young families to support their children at age 20 – while attending higher education too – if wished, from within a family home. All of this would be possible without concern for saving for years before young adults can pay off student loans and then afford a home.
This is a freedom that the wealthy enjoy today easily, and then a strong social contract would see this become the baseline for freedoms for every member of society.
Families – can live close together – if they wish – and this can help them support younger and older generations of family members too.
Women can work – or raise their children as and when they want. Fathers are not bound to office cubicles and socially meaningless careers, and they can spend time in research and worthwhile engineering, medical and community work – if they wish.
A lifetime of art, science, discovery, adventure, and acknowledged and rewarded contribution while building worthwhile projects is possible – with the opportunity to have sufficient supports and the safety nets that empower risk-takers and entrepreneurs to make an economy productive.
In a monetary society, Freedom can also be defined as what can be accomplished with the reliable incomes left-over after paying all costs-of-living. When no income is left over after paying all costs-of-living, Freedoms are significantly restricted. When incomes do not pay even the costs-of-living, is can be said there are no freedoms and either no Social Contract or a weak and collapsing Social Contract as well.
Life Cycle Managment – most policies, laws, computer programs, structures (houses, buildings), and products (cars, furniture, toasters) – have an operational life-span. During their lives, they may need maintenance, or a series of revisions or renovations to add or remove needed or excess capacity. At “End of life”, everything needs to be decommissioned, recycled, incinerated or replaced.
Elements of Life-Cycle Management include: 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, a review of the operational monitoring statistics, or new needs, may mean an update is needed.
Software release cycles can happen four-times per year – or just once per year; Laws – may need revisiting every four or five years; Buildings – may need renovation every ten to twenty-five years. At the end of their useful lifespan, a responsible tear-down and replacement structure must take its place. Recycling – re-purposes the materials of the structure and plasma incinerators turn non-recyclable waste into clean, reusable energy – for example.
Why should we want to automate our current manual Production Economy? It’s 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? Of course not.
Will anyone want to buy our higher-cost and lower-quality exports once our competitors turn out their factory lights and produce 7/24 sustainably? Absolutely not – we are seeing this already today. The impact on our economy will be as devastating as was the U.S.S.R.’s Lada Cars & other export failures by 1985; history teaches us that economic collapse soon follows export collapse if we aren’t self-sufficient as well.
With automation and time, the importance of money will fall away all by itself. A benefit of this change is that soon, making decisions based on moral reasonings get easier. True “Freedom” and strong democracies are found in the sustainable abundance created by automation; scarcity – was the economy of the dark ages.
We all win. The philosophy of the Golden Rule’s time-tested sustainability model works very well as intended.
Disruption – when needed, is a very good thing – but only when Governments have planned for it and Social Contracts exist to permit people being displaced without severe financial penalty.
In G7 nations, most of our systems of housing, retirement, benefits, and income are based on a one-job-for-life model – which worked in 1960. This model no longer exists and will rapidly vanish altogether for the great majority of the world’s citizens within 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 of hardships, we change these systems as have many other countries who have made these changes already – like Germany, Switzerland, Norway, the Netherlands and 100-million other citizens in other strong social policy countries – where the American Dream is alive and well, thirty-five years after it was lost in America ironically.