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Date: 2017-09-22 Page is: DBtxt001.php L0700-SEES


SOCIO-ENVIRO-ECONOMIC SYSTEM

The SOCIO-ENVIRO-ECONOMIC SYSTEM is complex with many competing agendas. A system like this is very difficult, if not impossible, to manage.

There is a growing recognition that performance must embrace not only the profit dimension, but should comprise social, economic and environmental. This SAP image shows this, but it also highlights the continuing concept that the corporate organization is at the center of this universe. TVA frames the system with people and society at the center of the system.

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In recent years ... not many ... this diagram has been used in colleges to demonstrate the use of the Venn diagram and using the socio-enviro-economic system as the underlying issue to be studied!

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This diagram is from a collection of more than 200 diagrams depicting 'sustainability. Here is the collection as a PDF

and here is an external link to the collection

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This is very similar to the TVA framework. There are 3 main segments as in the TVA framework with the TVA People segment broken into Huamn Capital and Social Capital and the TVA People Built Systems (PBS) segment broken into only 2 pieces, Manufactured Capital and Financial Capital. The Intangible Capital of TVA PBS is missing in this diagram. Natural Capital is not broken down into sub-segments as it is in the TVA framework.

The SOCIO-ENVIRO-ECONOMIC SYSTEM has three main segments:
The PEOPLE segment ... EVERYTHING ABOUT QUALITY OF LIFE FOR PEOPLE:
PEOPLE BUILT SYSTEMS ... AMAZING SYSTEMS THAT HAVE BEEN CRITICAL FOR IMPROVEMENT IN QUALITY OF LIFE ... BUT !!!
NATURE ... UPON WHICH EVERYTHING IS BASED, BUT COMPLETELY IGNORED IN THE PREVAILING METRICS OF PERFORMANCE
For most of human history, the population has been quite small, the quality of life pretty harsh, and life expectancy quite short.
The People Built Capital not very powerful
Nature almost completely undisturbed
Over time, population grew
People Built Systems became somewhat more powerful
Impact on Nature growing, but not doing much long term damage
Population continued to grow
People built systems became bigger and more powerful
Impact on nature not of much concern
Population growing and population getting much better quality of life
People built systems becoming very powerful and starting to do damage to nature
Nature starting to be impacted by people and people built systems
Population still growing and population getting much better quality of life
People built systems very powerful and doing serious damage to nature
Nature starting to be overwhelmed by people and people built systems
People losing quality of life
Person built systems now doing major irreverible damage to nature
Nature getting into a permanent state of decline
Existential crisis in play

If we think of the Socio-Enviro-Economic system in this way: a People piece, and People Built System piece, and a Nature piece ...
This is what the past has looked like ...
This is what the future will look like if we ignore the existential crisis associated with unlimited growth of people built systems ...
... and this is what we have to do in order to have a sustainable future with better quality of life and a sustaining environment

If we think of the Socio-Enviro-Economic system in this way: a People piece, and People Built System piece, and a Nature piece ...
We can improve the representation by addingin the Sun
And then by splitting out the FINANCIAL CAPITAL from PEOPLE BUILT SYSTEMS
And then reorder to put FINANCIAL CAPITAL at the top to reflect its importance in the prevailing way the metrics are done.

Elements of the System by Segment (I)
Elements of the System by Segment (II)

Segments of the PEOPLE BUILT SYSTEM

PEOPLE BUILT SYSTEM ...

PEOPLE BUILT SYSTEM ... FINANCIAL CAPITAL
Financial Capital is part of Man Built Capital but separated out for the purpose of analysis because it has become such an important part of the conventional way of measuring … specifically:
(1) business profit;
(2) capital market valuations; and,
(3) GDP growth.

PEOPLE BUILT SYSTEM ... INTANGIBLE CAPITAL ... Institutional Capital

PEOPLE BUILT SYSTEM ... INTANGIBLE CAPITAL ... Knowledge Capital
Knowledge Capital ... What we know enables productivity and performance. ... Some of this is shared universally and is available for free use, and some is owned by Individuals and Business entities and may be used for their private gain at the expense of society as a whole.
Knowledge Capital ... Knowledge Capital is expanding rapidly … faster than at any previous time in history. ... Important parts of Knowledge Capital have been created with Government funds, often for military and security purposes.




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