III EXTRAORDINARY FORUM: THE PROGRESS OF SOCIETIES

III EXTRAORDINARY FORUM: THE PROGRESS OF SOCIETIES

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Forum Status

Issue: open
Contest: finished

 

Date

From the 8th to the 12th of July 2013.

 

Awarded presentations

MANUEL

If we want the society to progress we must try to make the society feel happy, meaning that we should try to make the members of the society feel happy.
In my opinion the happiest societies are those reasonable and equal.
I would say that Scandinavians societies have a harmonious balance of knowledge, moral, and arts that represents truth, goodness and beauty too.
It seems that because of their difficult environment for living, they have developed an ability to live together.
On the other hand the planet is being contaminated in such a way that nowadays in order to be sustainable, we need it to be one and a half bigger.
This is due to the high levels of consumption and activities that are contaminating land, sea and air.
We need to agree on priorities “for achieving a sustainable society”. In order to do this we need to build an structure that will generate a society willing the individuals to achieve a better quality of life through a sustainable way whose individuals will have a project future.
These societies should have values as faith, hope and joy, where love, freedom, justice, peace and truth prevail. In these societies the participation, cooperation and solidarity should be boosted in a way that individuals would have the possibility of distributing time harmoniously for family, work, society and holidays.
Priorities should be set for human needs as: feeding, environment, energy, housing, education, health, clothing, employment, leisure, culture, information, communications, transports, security, spirituality or religiosity, participation and distribution of time. On the other hand, the following resources should be integrated in this structure: nature, economic and financial information; statistics and prospective studies. The purpose, values, human needs and resources for a sustainable society will shape the organization required for the government. This means that in order to promote progress our societies require democratic systems whose entire structure has a long-term vision. And education is the most important factor for human development.

 

TINA

We understand the society as a group of individuals with a common culture which would drive their customs, habits and practices. In reference to that, we understand that the progress of the society is linked to the life style of their members and to what a society understands as progress in its own culture. Life style generates values, customs, habits, links and projects of life that will influence in the way of living understood as day by day actions. Both lifestyles and ways of living will be reflected in their habitat, transformed by a changing environment and adaptation.

Both lifestyles and ways of living would be reflected in their habitat, which is transformed by a changing environment and adaptation reflecting lifestyles and ways of living. This cyclic sequence is a feedback between society and what each culture has generated as a living environment. We could say that this concept is cyclically renewed leading to new changes, as a result of tension between society and lifestyles of its members. These concepts can be verified by making a temporary setback of about a hundred years, where the advances that the industry brought to everyday life had generated major changes in the habitat, leading then to the ideas of the Modern Movement about family formation, understood as basic and functional.

From the 60’s this concept as a social problem is deepened, in which a participatory and evolutionary progress flow. Our times are demanding flexibility and versatility when needs are constantly changing and moving. That is expressed in different ways which gives an evidence of the transformation of society. Beyond the need of willing to hold firm to our customs as a society, it is undeniable that we come across new ways of working, of relationships, of consuming, of leisure, of thinking with a wide variety of classes, groups, languages and interests of the same needs that play significant diversities.

Society has been changed and progressed. The ways of living are constantly changing. If we adopt this historical perspective we could understand that these changes might be circumstantial but the truth is that change is permanent. Change is a continued action and transitions are innate to the evolving nature and to the dynamics of each family and social groups.

We have tried to show and prove that the concept of progress is subject to the changes that society wills at any given time. A progressive society is the one that makes a period of time and finds out ways to linking arts, life and customs, no matter how it is linked but how it is changed.

Response

The Argentinean Chapter of the Club of Rome would like to thank those participants who have actively collaborated in this Extraordinary Forum and to those participating on its development adding its comments and votes.

The presentations have been very interesting, especially some issues that we would like to underlined. We consider them essential for practicing social advance and development.

Guille84 has remarked the spiritual side of the human nature as a needed balance of the material progress.
Marianotruziy has underlined progress as a process and an overcoming project. We should strive in order to being better and reinforce our best human values.
MarianitaD has developed the concept of sustainable development as a guide for progress and to leave apart the anthropocentrism.
Caruli72 has pointed out the importance of striving for what is left to do and to give what we are able to do.
In Tina’s presentation, the cyclical change in the progress concept and the need for flexibility and versatility in a reality of continued change and movement; the transformation generated as a result of linking life, arts and customs.
Manuel‘s paper remarks the importance of bringing happiness in order to progress; the harmonious balance between knowledge, morality and arts; to increase our quality of life in a sustainable way. A future project.
Denis H, the progress as endogenous process that arises from the organizational structure, ethics and the ethical demand.
Sara‘s paper, the importance of understanding the dynamics of natural systems; to practice values ​​and perform actions that boost the spirit; the ethical consumption, the need for committed leaders. A new education.
Csciccone: the importance of individual responsibility for a sustainable development; the needed task to raising awareness. The respect for the future generations; control services for States and Organizations in order to have a sustainable development.

The papers have generated the following reflections:
The debate on how we want to live and progress in a more balanced way it would be one of the unprecedented particularities of the history as it has been raised in a common manner as never before through all levels of human life and different societies and cultures. Actually, different actions are being taken as a guide for a concept of sustainable development; this might be a test of a real attempt for giving satisfactory answers to those transcendental questions.

In reference to human development, to be conscious of the importance of most of the aspects pointed out in the papers (happiness, spirituality, love, ethics, etc.) it is found in a process of expansion and consolidation.

While these aspects might be considered negative for reality, they do not neutralize or delete the expansive progress of the awakening of consciousness. This has to do with the ethical understanding and the error spiritual assimilation which means the subjugation of the other, human being or entity of life; this would mean an important step towards the naturalization of respect to the other, already practiced from a bio-centric worldview.

Achieving sustainable development depends heavily on such assimilation and practice. It does not seem possible to achieve a level of sustainable development, stable and durable without applying at least environmental ethics which includes issues such as sustainable production, responsible consumption and individual responsibility in life, among others.

Current concerns about the environmental impact to our way of life and the consequent action of an increasing number of people and institutions avoiding environmental damage and ensuring sustainable practice could be a sign mentioned in the papers of the awakening of consciousness.

One of the big challenges of our time is to match progress development and sustainability. Somehow it seems that this path it has been started and it will depend on the commitment taken for establishing a sustainable lifestyle.

The path of development and sustainable progress also seems to be showing the value of the spiritual side of the human being, understood and practiced in its most basic form which is love. While there are practical difficulties in the prevailing system, an expansion of love might be seen in relation to wildlife.

Environment and life respect are keys in the process making our way of life sustainable. Love empowers and consolidates this path of unquestionable improvement.

As expressed in the above presentations, there are multiple factors playing an important role in the progress of societies. It is important to remark that nowadays creativity and ingenuity are factors most demanded due to the environmental emergencies. These factors are highly dependent in the search for the new, the useful, the good and the convenient.

 

Awarded presentations

On this occasion, The Argentinean Chapter of the Club of Rome has decided to give a first and a second prize.

The first prize has been awarded to Manuel. It is our responsibility to give happiness to the rest of the individuals of the society, to create the conditions for heading the future and to strive for improving our quality of life. It seems interesting to point out these aspects as indicators of the progress in a society.

We would like to point out his example of Scandinavians countries which contributes positively to his analysis, taking into account the difficulty of those societies as complex as admirable.

The reflections on flexibility and versatility have been very interesting too. They can be executed more easily in those societies who are free of rigid conceptual schemes or defined ideas.

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