Month: September 2016

Essential Value and the State of the World

In light of the recent G20 summit and the report today that particles may be affecting the brain it is interesting to revisit Sunita Narain’s foreword to the Worldwatch Institute publication  State of the World 2006

In 2016 she was named to Time Magazine‘s list of 100 Most Influential People

The foreword starts

Sunita Narain

The rest of the foreword identifies the issues confronting us today and the need for China and India to take a different development path to that taken by the West.

The foreword can be accessed here ww-forward-2006-sunita



Rethinking Democracy

I feel the diagram below represents a rethinking of the Democratic Process and flows sufficiently accurately to enable discussion in a forum setting. There is obviously devil in the detail. If anyone has seen a diagram they think better represents the situation in a simpler format please let me know.

I will attempt a written description below the diagram.


“In a world where the resources and waste sinks available to SystemUK are constrained, the UK must work to identify, maximise, defend, retain and fairly distribute, over time, the Essential Value needed for prosperity and growth.

It must do this at continually decreasing Resource Intensity, the resource use per person per unit of Essential Value created or retained, whilst continually decreasing Failure Demand creation, caused by not doing the right thing, not doing it right or not doing it right every time.

The Democratic Process is a Virtuous Circle for Essential Value Creation, retention and equitable distribution. It is an in-process controlled system that takes a synergy and the knowledge and skills of its stakeholders to enable process learning.

After sensing external factors it applies ingenuity and creativity within society to improve the process. In-process control is exercised by civil, regional and local services and democratic accountability is exercised by Parliament, regional and local government.

There is no direct connection between democratic accountability and in-process control. the connection is though a ‘moderator’ and political parties and their agents can only change control factors through an, independently moderated, Essential Value and Resource Intensity impact assessment.”