Value return paradigm

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Value return paradigm
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Value return paradigm, as defined from the Developmental school
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Curator(s): Mario Yanez

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A paradigm guides, governs and controls the organization of individual reasoning and the systems of ideas that obey it and contains, for any discourse under its rule, the fundamental concepts or master categories of intelligibility. (For more in depth discussion, see Paradigm page this summary was taken.)

[The following is an Excerpt from the article, The Regenerative Economic Shaper by Carol Sanford and Ben Haggard.]

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At this level, the focus is on me and mine (including the family or tribe with which one identifies). The concept of wealth collapses into financial assets or money. This causes one to engage the world transactionally in order to gain the resources needed to secure the well-­‐being of those in one’s inner circle. One invests one’s energies in order to receive some value in return, hoping that the value that comes back is greater than the value invested so that wealth can accumulate. This is the foundational idea for most current economic thinking and the basis from which both mercantilist and capitalist theories (and their ongoing elaborations) arose.

A corollary of this idea is that those who are willing to take greater risks deserve greater rewards, should their risks pay off. In this way, the value return paradigm enables self-­‐interest to become a driver for expansion, discovery, and experimentation, all of which can at times provide social benefits.

Shadow side

Unfortunately, self-­‐interest and the accumulation of wealth has also historically been the driver for a host of social ills, many of which still persist into the twenty-­‐first century. Sweatshops, child labor, poisoned water and air, mountain top removal, abandoned towns, and collapsing ecosystems continue to plague humanity, even in an era of unprecedented material abundance and technical capability.

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