CONCEPT OF MANAGED HARMONY (Page III)
The Concept of Managed Harmony implies: activating people as constructive planetary process agents; their evolutionary involvement in correcting historical mistakes; and therapy of their “development diseases” that cause suffering to the environment, which is the biosphere where they belong. As an anti-crisis manager of their own destiny, modern people should not wait for the right moment or the mercy of the higher forces, the cosmos or providence. The moment is here; and we have neither the luxury nor right to leave our history unmanaged.
It is already in the phase of planetary anti-crisis management that we must start solving the problems of harmonious world design and public development. This must be done on a systematic basis in practically all spheres of the economy, environment and social policy. From the macro-level of global problems, we must move to the micro-level of the individual as the end consumer of re-globalized society wealth. From the Planetary Project and the Concept of Managed Harmony perspectives, we propose modernizing and augmenting UN statistical indexes. A social harmony indicator will be introduced based on the assessment of both the development levels of different social spheres, and the gap between them.
The proposed social harmony criterion must include three blocks: social, environmental and economic.
A suitable financial and economic base should be in place to introduce real and radical changes: policy and education on their own are not sufficient. If it is to be effective, harmonizing management should have a solid foundation in the economic instruments. In other words, their objective sustainability quality will depend on the level and influence of normative-legal, administrative, cultural and information management instruments.
Concerning our understanding of social driving forces and managed harmony administrators, we would hesitate to pass categorical judgment about the entire humanity when our civilization faces the most comprehensive crisis it has ever faced. This notion seems problematic to us now due to the lack of unity and solidarity in people today.
At the current stage of the systemic civilization crisis and the deepening of global problems, from the Planetary Project perspective, we see the anti-crisis management potential in the elites alone: national, regional, continental and international elites. By the term elites, we do not mean specific small or closed club-like organizations, but the best representatives of communities, organized by professional, party, cultural or any other principle. It is important that they would clearly understand global problems, risks and threats humanity faces today. They believe in the necessity to save nature, people and society by all acceptable modernizing means, breakthrough technologies, and legal and economic instruments. They realize that humanity must unite to be able to achieve this goal. Indeed, elites formed by this principle (to be more exact, existing elites, especially scholarly communities) can act as drivers of a new – managed – type of global development. What is left is to integrate them themselves and to give them a clear systemic vision of planetary resources and the mechanisms of their use, all of which is the goal of the Planetary Project.