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Open Access >Facing the Future: A Blueprint for a Resilient and Equitable Society: Connecting the Functional Building Blocks

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Abstract

Contemporary society is plagued by a number of issues and inconsistencies on both an environmental and a socio-economic level. Reliance on bank loans forces debtors to seek means to repay their debts, thus facilitating the current boundless economic growth in which long-term, environmental considerations typically come second. On the individual level, since virtually nothing is free, everyone has to ensure his or her own livelihood, mostly in the form of wage labour. For fear of poverty, the unemployed must adjust to the needs of the job market and risk not being able to fully explore their potential. Other socio-economic groups also face stigmatisation, and inequality is rampant as a result of the pervasive market-based pricing mechanisms. In view of these issues, it seems unjustified to accept these terms and conditions in the future, especially since the West has to cater to its ageing population and the ensuing pressure this will exert on welfare systems. Therefore, as a transdisciplinary team assisted by various experts and armed with insights from a wide variety of sources, we propose an alternative model of society based on the values of fairness, inclusion and transparency, with the goal of developing a representative systems map for a future, resilient and equitable society. The exact workings of this society are captured by several building blocks, which together endeavour to cover the full range of functions and responsibilities associated with society today, and jointly promote democratisation while guaranteeing equal political representation for all members of society.
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Keywords: Equitable and resilient society; Universal Basic Income; commons; fairness; future; governmental structure; inclusion; money creation; social wealth fund

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: KU Leuven - University of Leuven, Honours Programme Transdisciplinary Insights, Leuven, Belgium 2: shiftN cvba, Leuven, Belgium

Publication date: 15 December 2018

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