The Framework Series was created to explore and communicate concepts that provide insights and opportunities for effective integrated change in relation to the health of ecosystems, economies, living, and governance. And through this exercise, create a framework draft of a system that enables the attainment of the goal.

The goal is to create a culture that supports a balanced healthy planet and fosters happiness for all.

Much of the knowledge and information necessary to generate a change in culture that can make the goal a reality is already available. The task at hand is to unearth them, gather the various pieces and modify them as prudent; it is probable that some new pieces will need to be fashioned as well. Once all of the pieces have been assembled and fitted together, the completed puzzle will reflect our goal. At this juncture, a journey can be courageously embarked upon toward the realization of the goal. This journey will likely be filled with moments of exhilaration, disappointment, surprise, frustration, and satisfaction. The premise of this journey not being to reach a utopian destination, but to blaze an infinite trail that when traveled, engages and inspires the best in each of us and enables the perpetual enjoyment of a biodiverse world.

The purpose of publishing the Framework Series on this site is to provide a forum where this trail can be forged with the participation of the public. All views are welcome – it is only asked that they be shared with respect for all participants and are constructive in nature.


Sources of Influence

It takes the inputs of many minds to formulate a cohesive multi-faceted concept. Some of the individuals and works that have significantly influenced this site are (in no particular order):

World Wildlife Fund – Living Planet Report, United Nations IPCC Global Warming Report, The Real Wealth of Nations by Riane Eisler, A Foodie’s Guide to Capitalism by Eric Holt-Gimenez, United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network – World Happiness Report, The Good Life by Helen and Scott Nearing, The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) – Data, Steven R. Covey, The Silk Roads: A New History of the World by Peter Francopan, World Population Review – Data, Our World in Data, Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich, CIA World Factbook – Data, Mahatma Gandhi, Albert Einstein, Nelson Mandela, Henry David Thoreau, John Muir, Helen Keller, Susan B. Anthony, Wangari Maathai, Dr. Vandana Shiva, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Heartland by Sarah Smarsh, Tamed and Untamed by Sy Montgomery and Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, Earth Odyssey by Mark Hertsgaard, The Green New Deal (various versions), Progress and Poverty by Henry George and abridged by Bob Drake, The Self-Sufficiency Standard, The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement by Eli Goldratt, Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand, Born on Third Base by Chuck Collins, The Pricing of Progress by Eli Cook, Martin Luther King Jr., Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

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