Sociology and Anthropology Vol. 3(6), pp. 311 - 317
DOI: 10.13189/sa.2015.030605
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Redefining Human Complexities


Jean-Paul Close *
STIR Foundation, AiREAS and STIR Academy, Netherlands

ABSTRACT

From 2010 onwards the first phase of a unique project was initialized in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. It was initiated by the STIR Foundation after many years of trial and error to find a breakthrough into a new societal resonance that would place sustainable human progress at the center of governance and societal productivity. The type of societal resonance was coined "Sustainocracy", an alternative to the democracy that had developed into the destructive consumer capitalism of generalized greed. The ideology refers to the gigantic human issues we face in the world in terms of climate change, pollution, migrations, health hazards, destruction of natural resources, and the vulnerability of huge groups of our global population, due to lack of harmonization with each other or our natural environment. The local solutions of Sustainocracy have been developed around five key human values that have the required harmonizing effect. These values are food (including drinking water), health, safety, regional self- sufficiency and self- awareness, together accounting for the definition of sustainable human progress. In the philosophy of Sustainocracy the four key pillars of local society: government, citizens, entrepreneurial innovators and science, have to take co-responsibility around a predefined higher purpose, within the context of the definition of sustainable human progress. A territory and specific higher purpose was needed to translate the idealistic abstract drive into this first phase of practical deployment. The city of Eindhoven in the Netherlands accepted the invitation when the higher purpose of air quality, human health and regional dynamics was proposed. The human value driven, sustainocratic cooperation was named AiREAS. This article outlines the unique approach and results so far.

KEYWORDS
STIR Foundation, AiREAS, Sustainable Human Progress, Sustainocracy, Democratic Alternative, Proof of Concept, Eindhoven, Transformation Economy

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Jean-Paul Close . "Redefining Human Complexities." Sociology and Anthropology 3.6 (2015) 311 - 317. doi: 10.13189/sa.2015.030605.