Inclusion Economics: About a Better World
As things stand…
As the year 2016 draws to a close, much of human civilization lies at a crossroads, with looming disaster potentially at every turn. The world we live in is fraught with conflicts between individuals, groups, human-created entities (like multinational corporations) and nations. Within these conflicts, each party, fearing that it may lose its autonomy seeks to undermine the autonomy of others.
At the core of such fears lies the idea that every conflict is a zero-sum affair: that there has to have a winner and a loser in every conflict, situation, instance, or circumstance. Such underlying thoughts represent scarcity-based beliefs at its worst, namely that there aren’t enough resources for everyone. Unfortunately, such thinking is inherently exclusionary, and ultimately self-defeating because, when you exclude others’ interests, you wind up creating parties interested in countering your own.
Alternatives exist. It just takes work to find them.
There has to be a better way, one that permits everyone (no exceptions) the opportunity to mutually self-determine, and to live as they see fit. In order for that to happen, replacing the scarcity-based, zero-sum, exclusionary thinking becomes essential. This is because exclusionary thinking of this sort has lead to the downfall of all prior human civilizations. If this civilization is to survive, common acceptance of abundance-based, nonzero-sum, inclusionary thinking must happen.
Individually, we each have the same daily challenge: the continual need to attain necessities (like food, shelter, safety, and a sense of purpose). To that end, each of us creates exchangeable value, to the best of our own unique abilities, skills, and circumstances and exchange for these necessities. The ability to decide how to create exchangeable value is what Inclusion Economics refers to as economic self-determination, and it is this ability that should serve as the foundation for any viable system that would enable us to self-determine socially, spiritually, intellectually, and ideologically.
Many, if not all, of today’s conflicts, arise from one side limiting another’s ability to economically self-determine, which is often done to dissuade other ways of self-determining. And any system that denies self-determination to even one person has created an enemy, one that will either fight that system directly or undermine it indirectly by becoming a drain on that system.
About Inclusion Economics
Inclusion Economics is about the creation of a system that permits everyone (no exceptions) the opportunity to economically self-determine. With economic self-determination, one can create exchangeable value (1) as they desire, (2) and are able, while (3) permitting others similar opportunities.
Key Principles for Inclusive Economics:
1. The opportunity for full self-determination (led first and foremost by economic self-determination) has to be universal. Any people that would refuse the opportunity for full self-determination to any portion of its population creates the seeds of its own undoing.
2. The opportunity for full self-determination has to be mutual between all parties, in that each has to permit others that same right. Freedom only works when it is coupled with liberty, such that balancing act of freedoms between individuals, groups, and entities provides each with the most balanced amount of freedoms possible.
3. The opportunity for full self-determination has to utilize sustainable economic practices in order to permit future generations the same opportunities for full self-determination. It is unwise to exercise choices today that will limit choices tomorrow.
Inclusion Economics will explore issues across a wide spectrum of topics, including education, law, governing, ethics, technology, or anywhere else inclusionary practices are solely needed.
I conclude this initial post to Inclusive Economics with a quote from Max de Pree:
“We need to give each other the space to grow, to be ourselves, to exercise our diversity. We need to give each other space so that we may both give and receive such beautiful things as ideas, openness, dignity, joy, healing, and inclusion.”