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A conscious acknowledgement of our common purpose as fulfilment without harm so we may organise ourselves, our justice systems, our economies, our organisations, and our societies to enable our pursuit of it. The organising principle of fulfilment without harm must override the pursuit of money and/or power. Specifically: (more...)

Friday, May 25, 2018

OUR SYSTEM Indicators [work in progress]

Wellbeing is a difficult thing to define, let alone to measure.

And the definition is critical to the measurement.

If you look to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, wellbeing isn't even the top criteria, it's just one of many.

Whereas, if you look at OECD Regional Wellbeing, it is of course, right at the top.

For the Legatum Prosperity Index, prosperity is of course the over-arching goal (but is properity just another measure for wellbeing?).

For OUR SYSTEM, and The Common Purpose (TCP), it is fulfilment (or living) without harm. That's because fulfilling our potential, which is growing, which is living, is what life is all about. Life is really all about living, right? And the only way we can all do that, is if we do it without harming other life or being harmed by other life, i.e. by being free. That's what our system should enable for us.

And that's what these OUR SYSTEM Indicators, following, are all about.

I'm putting these up here to garner thought and criticism and suggestions and comment.

They are, of course, based around The Common Purpose (fulfilment without harm) Manifesto, which, otherwise translated, is the freedom to live without harm (I think even Hayek would agree with that common purpose).

  Sub Themes
  - Proxy Indicator Measures.

  Purpose, Principle & Ways
  - Low suicide rate.
  - Low crime rate.
  - Low prisoners per capita.
  - High life satisfaction.
  - Human Rights protected by law.
  - No discriminatory laws.
  - Laws against discrimination.
  - Trust in legal system.
  - Use of restorative justice.

  - Free and fair competition law.
  - Open internet (net neutrality).
  - High ease of trade across borders.
  - High employment rate.
  - High work satisfaction.
  - Elements of a shared base income:
  flat tax structure at 50 percent,
  direct universal basic income,
  universal free education,
  universal free healthcare.
  - Elements of shared base income.
  Ideas & Growth
  - Low cost of sharing ideas.
  - High productivity growth.
  - Low unit costs of production.
  - Low residential construction costs.
  - Open internet (net neutrality).
  - High internet access.
  - Low proportion of monopolies.
  - Low consumer price inflation.
  - Low household indebtedness.
  - Elements of a shared base income.
  - High adjusted net savings rate.
  - High housing affordability.
  - High life satisfaction.
  - Elements of shared base income.
  - No monopoly profit gouging.

  Responsibility & Information
  Decision Making
  - Low income inequality.
  - High employment rate.
  - Low unemployment rate.
  - High productivity.

  - Low child abuse per capita.
  - Low homelessness per capita.
  - Human Rights protected by law.
  - Laws against domestic violence.
  - Equal gender participation in firm ownership.
  - Equal gender membership of parliament.
  - Democratic, fair and free elections.
  - Universal free education.
  - Primary school enrolment rate.
  - Secondary school enrolment rate.
  - Tertiary enrolment rate.
  - Universal free healthcare
  - Low mortality rate.
  - Low morbidity rate.
  - High life expectancy.
  - Low undernourishment.
  - Low air pollution (NOx/CO2 emissions per capita).
  - Low greenhouse gasses (CO2 emissions per capita).
  - Low fine particulate air pollution (PM25).
  - High proportion of land in national parks.
  - Free & unbiased news media.
  - Full coverage of events.
  - High confidence in the future.
  - High secularism (non-religious faith).
  - Low hate crime rate.
  - Low terrorism rate.
  - Low violence rate.
  - Low government corruption.
  - Generations down which citizenship can be retained.

  Our System
  - Elements of a shared base income.
  - High proportion tertiary educated.
  Natural Selection
  - Rising IQs.
  Make Change
  - Democratic government.
  Find Our Niche
  - Accessible career information.
  - High employment rate.
  - Low unemployment rate.
  The Transition

This is definitely a work in progress. I'd love to get comment. The thing I notice most different about the above framework is its focus on organisation - it is where most of us spend perhaps most of our lives, and there doesn't seem to be a lot of attention given to it. Perhaps that why it's so damn hard to find measures for it.

There is a lot of gaps for measures in above, and there is a balance between measures that most accurately reflect the theme, and the realism with which data for those measures can be attained. I want to obtain the data as internationally as possible to be able to assess and compare as many regions as possible, but the comparisons also need to be reasonable and robust.

You can also access the indicators via this Google Sheets file:

'OUR SYSTEM Indicators and more'.

If you select 'File/Download As' in the file, you can download it in an editable format of your choice. The file includes lists of indicators from other sets related to wellbeing, prosperity, happiness, fulfilment, etc, as well as a comparison between these by their high level categories (using OUR SYSTEM Indicators as the base, as that's what I'm most familiar with).

Ben Wallace
Author The Common Purpose
LinkedIn - http://nz.linkedin.com/in/benwallace13
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