RDA 8. Genuine wealth and right livelihood

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Pattern page for RDA 8. Genuine wealth and right livelihood pattern
SDG 8 is the weakest of all SDGs in so far as its incoherence with the long-term flourishing of living systems on Earth.

SDG Shortcomings

It's language is crafted to further the illusion that sustained economic development grounded in ever-intensifying extractive and destructive Human activities can somehow, magically, be made to be sustainable. And how is that desirable as an aspiration?

SDG 8, and the dominant paradigm it protects, serves to undermine the entire SDG platform.

Living systems

True value is generated by virtue of radical participation of a diversity of beings engaged in living processes. Everything produced by living processes is valuable to some other living process, nothing is wasted. Genuine wealth is not the accumulation of stuff, because nothing accumulates for long before being transformed into something of value. In living systems, genuine wealth is the capacity, of organisms and communities of organisms, to transform the byproducts of other living processes in creative ways that add value--bring further degree of aliveness-- to the larger system(s) it participates in.

Genuine wealth and right livelihood

With genuine wealth and right livelihood, it is hoped that language can be introduced to approach development from a regenerative paradigm--one centered on the development of the best qualities of what it means to be Human, what it means to be in service to living systems.

In Human terms, genuine wealth is about growing capacity in people, communities and ecosocial systems to add value. And, we can think of the notion of right livelihood in terms of creative ways to add value. The "right" component in right livelihood, means that a livelihood emerges from a calling, a sense of vocation, to participate in a particular place and in a certain way that expresses the essence of who or what that person is. In that sense, it adds value to them.The "adding value" part of the equation means that the work we do in the world continually brings forth higher degrees of aliveness to the larger wholes we serve and participate in (see value-adding processes).

As communities practice collective developmental learning, they begin to value a growing diversity of interrelated right livelihoods. The enmeshing of interrelated right livelihoods produces an even greater capacity to produce genuine wealth, invites further diversity of livelihoods, generates local living economies and higher degrees of aliveness. The ultimate aim is generating abundance for all: It can begin via food and material abundance, which leads to whole health an well-being at every scale that along with lifelong developmental learning to encourage radical participation of all members of a community. If one considers that food and material abundance requires perennial flow of freshwater and community-sourced renewable energy, then RDA 8. Genuine wealth and right livelihood, becomes a pivotal aim that brings together the first seven RDAs and prepares the ground for the ones to come.

Pattern generators

This aim could be generative of the following patterns in any Community of Place of any scale.

  • universal access to regenerative development for all, with an emphasis on the most vulnerable communities [8.1]
  • recognition that regenerative development is, by definition, place-sourced, and, each and every place is a unique, complex living being [8.1a]
  • recognition that all Communities of Place, beyond political boundaries, are nested within larger ecosocial systems, such as lifesheds or bioregions [8.1b]
  • enabling of each place--and the community of beings (both Human and more-than-Human) that inhabit these places-- to develop their own fullest potential by participating meaningfully in the work of developing the fullest potential of their larger systems they inhabit [8.1c]
  • determination of ecologically-appropriate intensification of place-centric economic activity through a focus on right livelihoods based on regenerative practices [8.2]
  • promote self-directed community policies for regenerative development that support productive activities at multiple place-centric scales [8.3a]
  • universal-access to economic resources:
  • coupling of economic activity with ecosocial regeneration in communities everywhere [8.4]
  • community-wide engagement in right livelihoods and meaningful work [8.5a]
  • equal pay for similar work and fair systems of valuing all work [8.5a]
  • encourage collaborative forms of business ownership and/or stewardship [8.5b]
  • actively shaping of conditions to evolve the unique essence of all by enabling them to find and engage in their true vocations [8.6]
  • eradication of forced, meaningless labor in all its forms, including all types of modern slavery, indebtedness and other social conditions that require people to sacrifice their true vocations [8.7a]
  • enabling of all people to experiment with and develop their true calling/vocation through universal basic income and other such approaches [8.7b]
  • require all employers to create work environments and conditions that celebrate the rights and dignity of all involved, Human and more-than-Human, by engaging them in developing their own highest potential and capacities [8.8]
  • development of opportunities for regenerative travel and tourism, that celebrates each bioregions uniqueness, place-sourced traditional knowledge and products [8.9]
  • development of collective, place-sourced vocations of people and communities everywhere [8.a]
  • prioritization of place-sourced reskilling, with a focus on traditional skills and regenerative practices [8.b]

Note: SDG target linkages in brackets.

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Resolution of Forces & Use Cases

Activating Force: Economic growth has proven to be one of the sources of the ecosocial destruction we are assisting globally. Also, most professions are done by people that are not working from their essence and potencial leading to meaningless development of products and services.
Restraining Force: People are awakening to participate in meaningful jobs that are aligned with a life of wellbeing, as well as participate in regenerating the ecological, social and also the economic systems we depend upon.
Reconciling Force: Support the identification of each individual's essence and unique contribution to the larger wholes is part of, aligning with the vocation of the place as well as the purpose of the project or company that being decides to contribute and develop.

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