Organization for a Better World
•   Mission Statement
•   Background
•   The Power of Organization
•   Approach
•   Copyright Notice

Mission Statement

To design and promote productive, fair and stable socio-economic systems worldwide, with as goal to provide every human being on earth with the means to live a decent life.



Background

This organization was founded by a product development engineer who over a 40 year career span came to the firm conclusion that we have technologically all the means needed to provide all the people on this earth with the means to live a decent life. With that is meant that we can provide everybody with the food, clothing, basic shelter and basic medical care needed, without fears that those basics are not there, and thus can give everybody the ingredients to build oneself a happy life.

Aside from disruptions caused by natural disasters, like earthquakes, windstorms, volcanic eruptions, etc., which can be mitigated today with our technical means quite well too, there is NO JUSTIFICATION for not achieving this, except that we have not been able to put the organizational systems together yet to achieve this.

The lack of such fully developed socio-economic organizational systems has caused immense human suffering and endangers the industrialized and developing nations alike. The industrialized nations have been plagued by instabilities since the arrival of major industrialization in the 19th century. Among others this lead to the Great Depression , which plagued the world from 1929 until World War II and was a major factor in creating that war. Large sections of humanity, mostly in the developing nations, still live in a state of poverty and hopelessness that is not their fault, and therefore are prone to acts of desperation which can hurt us all, as we have seen for example in the terrorist acts of September 11, 2001 in New York City and Washington, D.C.

It is our goal to design those socio-economic organizational systems and to do everything reasonably possible to implement them as fast as possible.



The Power of Organization

There are many examples of what good organization can accomplish. The Egyptian Pyramids and the Greek temples could not have been built without a way to organize a large group of people. The Roman Empire was to a large extent based on their organizational skills. Modern science created the technical possibilities, but organizational talents created the large, often multi-national companies which gave us cars, TV's, computers, transportation services, communication services and many other things at very modest prices, to an extent unimaginable only 200 years ago.

There is no reason why these organizational capabilities cannot be used to create sound socio-economic systems. Three steps are needed. First the socio-economic systems have to be designed; second legislation has to be formulated and enacted; and third they have to be implemented, which requires that people have to learn how to use the legislated systems.

This web site presently addresses mostly the first step: design of the socio-economic systems. We hope to expand this soon with the second step, formulating and enacting legislation, such that the third step can be accomplished.

Key to successful legislation in the socio-economic area is that the great majority of the people can understand it and properly use it. This does not require understanding all the details, just like properly driving a car does not require understanding all the details of how it works. A good way to do this in the socio-economic area (and perhaps even generally) would be to let the laws consist of two sections. A first preamble section, which describes in general terms and clear general language what the purpose of the law is, including the human values that are at its root, and a second section which covers the details. The first section should be such that, combined with basic human values and the details unique to the field, the detail legislation becomes a LOGIC extension of the preamble. The courts should be empowered to modify details, if they lead to situations that are in conflict with the purpose of the law, as defined in the preamble section of the law.

If the laws are set up as just described, they will be much easier for people to understand. In addition the people will have to be informed that these organizational laws exist and taught how to work with them. Much too little is done in this area. Educational programs in schools and for adults have to be developed, which focus on APPLYING organizational law and on LOGIC thinking in socio-economic situations. It is the intent of the Modern Society Association to be also very active in this area.



Approach

Designing better socio-economic systems is a complex matter and requires a NUMBER of changes, which will have to interact properly with each other. This in itself is somewhat of a new approach. In the past many socio-economic innovators tried to reduce everything to one thing that had to be changed. For instance, communists believed that communal ownership was going to be the cure-all, capitalists that an unregulated business environment would cure everything. Their movements often ended up in polarized confrontations with each other, and neither achieved the goal of a better world. Modern science and technology have taught us that the realities are complex and that we have to address that complexity in our solutions. At the same time we need a relatively simple basic framework for everyday use, which everybody with a normal properly functioning mind can understand and learn to work with. This requires that we design a system that selects a number of socio-economic options, so that we do not get confused by too many options and end up with anarchy.

Basically this is the "invention" of this approach. The realization that creating a framework of a limited number of carefully selected socio-economic options, actually can give us MORE freedom and MORE time to do the things we like to do, things that can give us enjoyment and happiness. Enjoyment and happiness we find in options to work productively, to have family life, to travel, to entertain ourselves in arts and sports, etc., NOT in having the freedom to pursue a large number of complicated and poorly understood business practices. Many of these business practices have lead in the recent past to abuses like the ones practiced by the managements of ENRON, WorldCom and other large companies, which caused great damage to employees and investors alike. Giving ourselves too many socio-economic options, the implications of which we do not fully understand, will create chaos, leading to disaster. This is not what we want!

Yet, this is what the unregulated business environment presently promoted by a certain dominating segment in USA society is doing. It must be noted that a substantial number of the people promoting these practices are wealthy people, who are in a position that they can take advantage of the resulting free-for-all confusion, because they have the means to get to understand it better than others and thereby they can exploit the confusion to enrich themselves even more. They can also pay lobbyists and make campaign contributions to influence legislators to remove regulatory legislation, creating more of this free-for-all situation. Essentially they are doing the same thing that criminals are doing. Pursuing something that benefits them, and/or gives them enjoyment, at the expense of other people. Like the criminals, they may get hurt in the end too, but in the mean time they have destroyed a lot of opportunity and happiness for other people. This greed driven movement is extremely damaging and dangerous to society, and can cause a complete collapse of the socio-economic system, as it did during the Great Depression.

In the following sections we will first present discussions of some more background, basic problems and hurdles, the need for stability, the human values which we have to use as the starting point, and some basic observations on property, ownership and money.

These sections will be followed by a first draft for socio-economic restructuring, consisting of a number of general principles.

These principles are designed to replace the present excess of allowed business practices with a selection of clearly defined and strictly regulated options, which give all people maximum freedom to pursue those things that have true value.

These principles will be followed by sections which summarize how these principles can be applied in the USA, Western Europe and Developing Nations.

A lot more work will be needed to refine the basics laid out here and to work out the details of full proposals for individual countries or groups of countries. Then even more work will be needed to implement them. We need to build a larger organization for this and are looking for all the help we can get.

See the section on Organizational Structure for how you can help us with this effort.



Copyright Notice

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