December 14, 2015 at 1:21 pm #3603
“Give a man a fish, and he will be hungry again to-morrow; teach him to catch a fish, and he will be richer all his life.”
Proverb from the Essay “The Common Growth” by M. Loane, 1911
Top-down and Bottom-up plans are both important approaches when making big social changes. An example of a Top-down plan might be a plan that brings food and water to a region where these items are most desperately needed immediately. These are Tactical Plans that the United Nations have worked on since their inception after World War II.
To Feed a Man a Fish, is a Top-down tactical plan that provides for what he needs today. It is termed tactical and “Top-down” specifically because although it solves the immediate problem of hunger for this man and his family today, the problem will recur again tomorrow when they must eat again. Providing this man with the tools and lessons he needs to fish for himself every day, is a Bottom-up strategic plan because it can sustain him with food for a lifetime. In times of scarcity caused by natural drought and famine or artificial causes such as corruption, this man’s starving neighbors with either desire or need to take the tools that you have given to this one man. This was the cause of the 200-year decline and fall of the Roman Empire, as “Slaves” (supporting soldiers and farmers outside the cities) came to refuse the call of their “Masters” who lived a life of ease and security within city walls. If you automate and provide tools that ensure abundance for both this man and for all of his neighbors at the same time, you provide abundance sustainably. This plan to eliminate scarcity sustainably can now be called a Bottom-up Plan that provides Sustainable Abundance.
United Nations Teams have moved needed supplies at great personnel danger, sacrifice, and cost, by implementing manual solutions that provide drinking water, wells, farming methods, medical supplies, peacekeeping and more. Wars, attrition, and more demand than capacity, could rarely be sustained by these manual, tactical solutions. With a constant and increasing need, and perpetually insufficient funding, there was only so much work that could be accomplished in the face of a much larger need worldwide until today, seventy years after the U.N’s work began in earnest, just 20% of the planet enjoy a “Good Life”.
Alan Turing realized that a machine was needed to automate the solving of very complex repeating problems until he came to invent the modern computer in 1945 (see a fuller explanation in Chapter 17 – Everything is Solvable, World Peace – The Transition). World Peace Transition Projects (WPProjects) are mankind’s next “Moon Launch”- like great projects that deploy his computer once again to automate the complex problems that provide for Sustainable Abundance. Sustainably-Abundant Bottom-up projects automate our means of production, automate our economy, and automate our civilization in the next most significant change since mankind’s switch from Hunter-Gatherers ten-thousand years ago.
The World Peace Transition Plan is a Bottom-Up plan that builds a sustainable automated production economy. Why is that important? Because, once this plan is implemented, a Good Life can, and should, be considered a basic Human Right that can be brought to wherever needed on the entire planet. These human rights goals exceed the present targets of the U.N. Global Goals today and also, the World Peace Transition Plan approach ensures that result are achievable within the next 3 to 20 years in a well-defined, manageable phased rollout.
To help the success of Global Goals, here are GAPs of Strategy:
- For Social Policies in Wealth Distribution and the Human Right of a Good Life –
- Create two Safety Nets for Engineers and also a Guaranteed Income for all others as needed to support automation and as afforded by export profits of WPProject IP – see The Transition in Chapter 8.
- Graduate Tax and establish Minimum Wage and Wealth Distribution Targets.
- Fix Business Accountability, beginning with our University Business Ethics courses and “No Harm to the Public” licensing – and get business contributing and serving society again as intended (see Chapter 12)
- Implement Minimum Wage, Minimum Incomes and manage wealth distribution actively with 11% wealth given to lowest 20% percentile – see Social Projects Chapter 6.
- Affordable, Life-Cycle Managed (Automatically Built, Maintained, and Demolished) Housing
- Reduce Divorce to 10%
- Enable Debt without Usury
- Accelerate Billionaire Bequeathals – Chapter 6
- For Wealth Creation
- Fund Technology Projects Teams that Automate our Civilization and Good Life (Human Rights). Starting with profitable Exports first…
- Manage Reporting of World Peace Agendas (WPAs) for Social and Technology Projects that align with the World Peace Transition plan. See 250 project examples in Chapter 7.
- Global Goals assumes a U.N.-Driven Plan – which might also deter adoption. The World Peace Agenda is a Country-driven, U.N.-monitored document that reports progress along to administrators in the U.N. for sharing lessons-learned with other national teams. This mix of ownership and autonomy is designed to encourage performance and pride of ownership. A scenario where the U.N. may have to step in and take over the driving of projects due to poor performance, might be a scenario that countries would work harder to avoid too. It is best that every country should feel a sense of national pride in their contribution. The Canada Arm that ran on NASA’s Space Shuttle, was of tremendous interest to young engineers here in Canada – for one example.
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