The Institute for the Advancement of Positive Global Solutions:
Ten years ago the concept of 'digital poverty' was not only non-existent, but even if this term had been known it would have been meaningless to us. But today hundreds of millions of the world’s citizens are being intellectually isolated as the digital age leaves them aside. We are all sadly aware of the world’s continued inability to achieve peace, and must take careful note of the ever-present danger posed by the thousands of nuclear weapons which still remain in the arsenals of numerous nations. We must focus on the future and face the risks to all human civilization posed by increased world hunger despite increased food production, increased poverty despite increased overall global wealth and increased discrimination promulgated through our ever-growing dependence upon technology. We must recognize the importance of preserving and nurturing the world’s hundreds of varied cultures which are increasingly threatened by the forces of Globalization.
Ten years ago mega-corporations were necessary to create immense projects such as the Space Program --but today’s monolithic multi-national corporations continue to merge and consolidate without need, to the point that a growing number of these corporate behemoths wield more power than a substantial number of national governments, in a seemingly endless stream of consolidation with no benefit other than to the corporations themselves, while their financial tentacles reach from California to Buenos Aires to Brussels and even into the small rural hamlets of Southeast Asia. Thus the world domination which was attempted by the dictators of the mid-20th century --and which was met with such furious opposition --is today being accomplished by the multi-national corporations while the world remains silent.
We must recognize the chronic condition of the world’s ecology, and realize that although great concern has been devoted to environmental issues in many parts of the world, a global environmental crisis of incredible magnitude awaits us in the none-too-distant future unless we veer from our present path of slash and burn in agriculture, process and dump in industry, and radiate and bury in our nuclear energy programs.
The Threats of Corporate Globalization, Threats to World Peace, the Protection of our Environment and the Preservation of the World’s varied Cultures--these are just a few of the concerns with which we are faced in today’s world. It is one thing to simply state problems--it is quite another to devise and set forth actual workable solutions to these problems. The presentation of these solutions is the overriding mission of the Institute.
And thus the Institute for the Advancement of Positive Global Solutions was founded to propose solutions based upon the concepts of sharing of the world’s wealth and technology, the creation of new opportunities for education and success within the world’s underdeveloped nations, and the emergence of the cognitive fact that, over the long-term, all humankind must thrive in order for any of us to thrive.
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