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The latest from the Philippines:

Here are Ellen Trazo’s reports on the ongoing projects:

Socio – Women’s Livelihood Center, which houses the Consumer’s Store and the Charcoal Making Project. The women’s project is a good partnership with Sr. Edith, a Benedictine nun, as they own that piece of land and donated the galvanized roof for the store and some plywood. We bought the wood and nails, and give honorariums to the fulltime carpenters. Most of the labor was given as free service by the husbands of the women members.  I felt so touched and happy because I saw how the community helped one another… buying woods, ferry it using the motor boats, the youth, the men and women were carrying the lumbers from the boat to the construction site.

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By | 2016-10-12T23:45:01+0000 May 31st, 2016|Philippines|0 Comments

Concept of Society

The word “society” conveys a sense of collective living. But the innate spirit of a society involves more than collective existence; it also implies moving together. And this collective movement cannot be a disjointed movement but must be a united movement. A proper conception of society must include a moving together of all in unison. There must also be magnanimous breadth to our cooperative movement. What is needed for humanity to progress is one human society that encompasses all humanity.

 

 

By | 2016-05-06T05:53:50+0000 May 6th, 2016|0 Comments

Block Level Planning

Economic planning should start at the level where the expertise of local people can best solve economic problems and create prosperity according to local needs. There may be aspects of economic planning which should be undertaken at the global, regional, or district levels, but, so far as is practical, planning activity should occur mainly at the local level. So the most basic level of planning for most purposes is that of the block. A block is a political unit of at least 100,000 people, the boundaries of which are determined on the basis of geographic factors, similar socioeconomic factors, and common economic problems and potentialities.

 

 

By | 2016-05-06T05:34:19+0000 May 6th, 2016|0 Comments

Praise for PROUT

This is a compilation of praise for PROUT and its propounder, P.R. Sarkar. Their praise reflects the wide appeal of PROUT among people who are well qualified to appreciate that which has capacity to nurture greatness in humanity.

By | 2016-03-01T06:17:30+0000 January 9th, 2016|0 Comments

Restoring Balance to Human Society

Economic growth, as an end in itself, has become like a cancer disrupting the healthy functioning of society. PROUT does not advocate limiting growth, but emphasizes establishing dynamic equilibrium of social processes. Human society functions best when maintaining balance in all spheres of human expression. If there is not balance, then the needs of human beings get suppressed and society suffers. This progressive loss of social balance has three stages. First is derangement, which occurs when people’s thinking becomes imbalanced. Second is disruption, which occurs when deranged thinking leads to destructive actions and a disruption in the very of the society. Third is degeneration, which occurs when due to prolonged disruption the society cannot be maintained and life in every sphere becomes harsh and destructive. The road from degeneration back to balance must be one of inspiration so that the spirit of the people is renewed and they are restored to their fundamental nature and are given scope to express this in the society.

By | 2016-02-01T07:00:41+0000 January 9th, 2016|0 Comments

Dynamics of Historical Movement

History is the expression of the collective psychology — the psychic flow of a society that results from their collective ideas, values and sentiments. The strongest influence on the collective psychology is the mentality of the dominant social class. Class dominance is not static, but is characterized by a rotation of classes into and out of power. This movement of classes in and out of dominance follows a cyclic pattern — from laborers to warriors to intelligentsia, clergy to merchants/capitalists. This rotational pattern is called the social cycle. There are five basic ways in which a society may undergo transitional movement from one era of the social cycle to another; it can come through natural change, evolution, revolution, counter-evolution, or counter-revolution.

By | 2016-01-29T05:54:49+0000 January 9th, 2016|0 Comments

PROUT Compared to Capitalism and Communism

Capitalism and communism are the two main political philosophies to have shaped collective life in the past century. PROUT offers a comprehensive alternative to these outworn philosophies. This document provides a comparison between PROUT, capitalism, and communism.

By | 2016-01-29T05:22:40+0000 January 9th, 2016|0 Comments

New Vision for Planetary Balance

PROUT is a comprehensive social philosophy that offers a progressive alternative to neoliberalism. While PROUT aligns with many of the practical programs of decentralist philosophies, it is more multi-faceted in its scope, and more grounded in a spiritual worldview. Its intent is to foster the holistic development of a liberated, unified society. Basic PROUT concepts are presented in this statement.

By | 2016-01-13T23:14:19+0000 January 9th, 2016|0 Comments

Basic PROUT Concepts of Development

PROUT seeks to promote sustainable, empowering, holistic and abundant development on the basis of a guiding theory framework. Basic elements of this theory of development are presented in outline form, starting from its philosophical ground, value base, and fundamental principles, then covering its distinctive concepts of socioeconomic development, socioeconomic units, block level planning, economic decentralization, balanced economy, three tiered enterprise system, and rational distribution.

By | 2016-05-19T21:09:18+0000 January 9th, 2016|0 Comments