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Daryl Roche

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Create a paradigm shift by retooling our systems to refocus on the basic needs of everyone….

If our current global economic paradigm can be described as a balance between need and want, an imbalance has occurred whereby the focus of today's economic resources is severely stacked in favor of "want" over "need", then we have missed something very important and valuable. The result is extraordinary waste and the lives of millions spent in social and absolute poverty, the greatest waste of resources, as the basic "needs" of these individuals and/or whole populations are severely compromised and never met. This waste translates into hundreds of billions of dollars as the potential contributions of these people remains unrealized. How can we encourage a paradigm shift using our educational systems both in early development schooling (K-12), college level, and in corporate settings beyond schooling to subvert and swing focus away from "want" towards "need" to rebalance the systems and insure everyone's basic needs are provided before basic wants are promoted?

How can we create a paradigm shift by retooling our systems to provide the basic needs for everyone before promoting the wants of those whose basic needs have already been met and recapture the human potential currently being wasted?

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    Feb 1 2013: The current economic system is being focussed on meeting human wants, which are insatiable. Needs should be our focus. But is it that easy to decide and do? Think about the addict and the alcoholic. The grip of materialism like clamps of steel.
    As for wants, it makes us seem like one hoping to quech a thirst with salty water; the more we drink the thirstier we become.
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      Feb 1 2013: Feyisayo, thank you for participating, yes it does seem "want" is insatiable however what I propose is a balance. It is not my intention to demonize "want". It's good to want, but not getting what we want at the expense of insuring that the "needs" of everyone are first met, eliminating the extreme waste that results from choosing not to meet those needs. Want is very successful at driving economics but focusing on it alone is wasteful and unsustainable.

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