Exploring the Framework for a Balanced Development Model:

Civilizations since early history have gone through various stages of development. Human beings have evolved from the very simple lifestyle of the ancient tribes to the very complex technological modern society. What we experience today is very different than how we lived a century or even a decade ago. What used to be the state-of-the-art not so long ago is already becoming obsolete. Worldwide, the process of development is constantly going through changes, innovation, and expansion.

The impact of our fragmented social structures, popular supply and demand economic models and unprecedented consumption, pollution and waste are causing widespread conflicts, poverty, tremendous stress, health issues and climate change. Worldwide, our education system has not changed much since the industrial revolution and our development models go back to the 18th Century.

Clearly, humanity is at a critical stage in the history of civilization to address the needs of our global community for justice in all dimensions of life including social, economic, and ecological. More than ever before, we need a harmonious global community with economic models that work for most of the earth’s population. We are now desperately in need of a world that is focused on healthy lifestyle, clean environment, and systematic conservation of our natural resources. 

Therefore, it’s crucial that we focus on our creativity and innovative mindset to improve the quality of life. It’s time to think of new development concepts that can meet the massive social, economic, and ecological imbalances that are pushing us towards extinction. We need a balanced development model.

Defining the framework for a balanced development model is work in progress. Our center since the mid-1990’s, has been conducting research to explore a conceptual framework of the interdependent nature of a balanced development model focused on social innovations that can lead to peace and harmony, economic solutions that can help eradicate poverty, and ecological concepts that can promote a healthy lifestyle in support of sustainability.

Having focused on global development trends, our center has developed several programs to meet the needs of various age groups with an emphasis on children, teens, and youth. The focus of our programs is to empower the participants by continually exploring new ideas and innovations in terms of social balance and the establishment of a united global community, economic balance and optimization of human potential, ecological balance, and utilization of sustainable resources.

On this path we utilize the latest technology and online platforms as well as traditional channels of communication at home, school, and the workplace. Essentially, turning the entire community into a learning site with every member of society contributing to the development and nurturing of the new generation.

Here, in a series of articles, we examine historical perspectives and current development trends while defining the characteristics of a balanced development model and the implications of such a model for the global community and future generations. The articles also discuss the interdependent nature of balance between social, economic, and ecological dimensions of the development process and offer ideas on how individuals, communities and institutions of society can contribute to creating an innovation-based development model to build a better world and define a more united, prosperous and sustainable future.

The articles initially were published in a weekly column in China Business News and were later published on various websites in English, Chinese and Farsi.     Click here for the list of articles

 

Statements, Plans & Reports:

Our awareness of the global social, economic and ecological conditions is a critical step in the process of building a better world. The following statements, plans & reports  by various international agencies will hopefully raise our understanding of the current challenges and achievements and help reinforce the vision of a united global community.

United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals

United Nations: The Sustainable Development Goals Report 2019

United Nations Environment Program: Global Resources Outlook 2019

Baha'i Social Economic Development: For the Betterment of the World

Baha'i International Community: The Prosperity of Humankind

Baha'i International Community: A Governance Befitting Humanity and the Path Toward a Just Global Order

  

Innovative Initiatives:

We are constantly researching to identify innovative initiatives worldwide that address social, economic and ecological balance through personal development, community building, institutional maturity, artistic work, scientific discovery, service projects, healthcare, environmental programs and protection of natural resources. These initiatives are the guiding light for a brighter future and lead us on the path to higher levels of unity, prosperity and health.                    Click here for the list of innovative initiatives

  

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals:

   

Balanced Development Goals:

Our vision and goals are very much in line with the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. However, to make the goals accessible to our youth, we focus  on three major goals: Unity, Prosperity and Sustainability. To find the right balance, these goals can be at the heart of our personal and collective initiatives on a daily basis.

    

Future Civilizations:

Throughout history humankind has been defining the path of development by focusing on the vision of an ever-advancing civilization. In the same spirit, The balanced development concept is a visionary approach to improve the quality of life and taking things to the next level. We envision a bright future where the social, economic & ecological balance will become the essential components of development plans and activities. Here, we share with you some visionary concepts that could define the future and inspire action to build a peaceful, prosperous and healthy world.               Click here for the list of future possibilities

  

For more information, please contact: info@cbdus.org

 

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