Human life has three dimensions - past, present and future. The memories of the past are the strongest of them, which influence the perception of our present reality. This moment is also significant, though so short. Whereas the future is something that not all people have been blessed with. Is this the diversity of sustainable development that life gives people very unevenly, even though equality and human rights are core values in current international cooperation.
Dog life in the human community
Human life has the same elements as dogs in the herd. The barking dog does not bite, which concerns the position of the dog from the point of view of the human community. In the dog world, barking has its own added meaning to the state of things. Finding a place in your herd is important. By emphasizing the unique importance of sustainable development goals, the development community at the same time nullifies the understanding of the whole from the perspective of past changes and human learning and mistakes made. The goals of the program are only part of the change management skills needed to change the world.
If the human community wants to live up to the values of sustainable development, it should adopt the laws and norms of life as the basis for guiding its actions. Once on a business trip to the Krasnoyarsk market in Siberia in the late 1980s, one freezing morning, a herd of four dogs was looking for food. The dogs had their order of movement, the strongest first and the smallest three-legged dog slipping last. The herd took care that the last of the dogs also got their share of the market vendors' snacks. There was clearly a law and order in the herd.
Sustainable Development Goals
Since the early 1990s, the world community has developed three global programs: Agenda 21, Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and Agenda 2030 for SDGs. All these three programs have made the world community a herd of people to solve global problems. Government-led global programs have created the current world order. Mankind and the nations of the world have become pet animals in leashes on world markets without being able to act on their own terms as their herds.
At the edge of the marketplace, dogs not belonging to the herd are not allowed to roam the market itself. Their sometimes very loud bark is muffled by force to disturb the peace of the people in the marketplace and of pets passing by. For humans, when there is the UN Declaration of Human Rights of 1948, which puts people and their governments above all other actors and activities in this unwritten code of the world order.
The history of world changes
The evolution of humanity took off when two people realized that they had common interests in life. In the development of the world, these common interests led people to join forces to act in parallel. The first joint action was the pooling of resources to make life easier. The second was the division of labor between small communities, which evolved into various organizations and institutions to manage the environment and provide different exchange mechanisms between communities.
In the early stages of state development, religions played an important role in establishing social order in the interaction between people and human communities. In the context of the secularization of social life, the concepts of “equality and human rights” have become the guiding forces in the interaction between people and communities. The sacred norm of religions has given way. The state began to become more independent in determining the rights and obligations of individuals. Election system and their legislative work were born. The legitimation of the use of force also strengthened the state through special structures created for it, the army and the police.
Material dimension in society
Human ability to exploit the environment and its resources is the most important dimension in the history of mankind. Exploitation of resources in the environment is not directly linked to state development. However, the development of the content of teaching and learning systems has played a major role in the technological development of the world. In the advent of great discoveries and scientific and technological inventions in the 17th century, state powers were involved in bringing about new activities while religions continued to influence people's minds and consciousness of the world.
The state allied itself with merchants and chambers of commerce at that time, granting them exclusive rights to regional operations. Based on the Alliance, colonial policy emerged together as a result of industrial development in the mother countries. Church and religions did not have much to say in this development. New economic values were created, the significance of which was then not fully understood by the then "overseas countries" - the current developing countries. The world's natural resources began to be equally unevenly distributed. It would be right and fair for the sustainable development program to address this problem, which is the cause and not the consequence of today's development and environmental problems.
Social dimension in society
The unequal distribution of material resources over the past few years also has an impact on the distribution of poverty and well-being in today's world. Poverty reduction and eradication is a high priority in all development programs, including the Sustainable Development Goals. Most of the world's material and service production takes place in the industrialized countries, which have emerged as leaders as a result of technological development, industrial production and utilization of cheap, in-demand raw materials. As a result of this policy, capital formation on Earth was unprecedented. It just continues in our own time.
From the 19th century, there were no social mechanisms in the world for a more even distribution of income within and between states. Economic liberalism and the Marxist state-centered manufacturing economy were rival schools in the world. Separated from Marxist core thinking, reformist social democracy in Europe and many other countries brought about a more moderate-income transfer through new forms of social policy thinking and legislation. There is no such long-term institutional equalization structure for sustainable development. Many donor countries also do not believe that “carried water does not remain in the well”.
The knowledge dimension in society
The spread of universal compulsory education in an industrializing Europe in the 19th century, the spread of the principle of people's right to education in the 20th century and equal access to education for all groups of citizens are central to education reform in both industrialized and emerging and transition economies. Knowledge is power was the core of tertiary and university reforms in the 1960s. The social dimension of teaching and learning has also undergone major changes. It is no longer up to the student's family wealth to see how far a person can progress in their studies. Thank you very much for your international cooperation.
The need for knowledge and learning stems from the needs of the student and the surrounding community. Learning is complicated. When designing a learning and teaching process, it is understood to be a process in nature. It should outline what kind of entity is needed, what subjects and content are needed at each stage, how teaching and learning take place with the learner, and how performance is assessed from both the learner's and society's point of view. Numerous support functions are also required for this core process. We learn for life, not for school. Development assistance to the countries that organize education should be focused primarily on university education and research. Other things would be the responsibility of the host country.
Change management tools
The first man's tool was a piece of flint, which he used as a tool. Flint is still mankind's most important tool for controlling and transforming the surrounding world - in slightly different forms. Electronics and software-based information technology has become, after the Second World War, a key tool in transforming and managing the world. The emergence and spread of the Internet are also part of this tool development. But even good tools don't help if you can't use them.
In a world order based on religions, more magnificent churches were built as a sign of loyalty to religion, the church, and the order they created on earth. Today, various action programs and institutional systems are being built to help mankind face the challenges of today. Action programs to solve surrounding problems must be compatible with each other. They should be based on the description of processes in previous programs. They should be bottom-up compatible and they should be the foundation for mastering the entity rather than emphasizing the individual parts. Functionality and three dimensional time concept are the starting point.
The role of dogs in sustainable development
A dog is also a man's best friend for sustainable development. Is the existence of free-flocking herds more valuable to the complexity of the world than the pets of the littoral states of the UN International Development Community? When do pet-friendly development communities accept that sometimes loud barking in and / or outside of these communities is the source of involuntary pets in litters.
The corporate sector and their financial systems should play a significantly greater role in achieving sustainable development. Loud barking is, as life goes on, concerned about their safety and the continued existence of their family. This makes it work in a way, even though it has no walker, its fur beauty caretaker and food giver in the morning and evening. It is unfortunate that dogs are unable to sign and share with us the UN Declaration on Human Rights.
© Asumer Oy / Heikki K. Auvinen, 2019