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Visioning Brazil 2020

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 Visioning Brazil 20202003-12-17 20:39
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Hazel Henderson writes good news about Brazil taking a lead in a group of 22 developing nations that no longer are quite as willing to put up with a World Trade Organization or an International Monetary Fund or a World Bank that are in the pockets of the richest countries and corporations. Rather they're looking for alternative paths toward sustainable economies. Recently a group of Brazilian leaders in business and civil society worked on developing long-term visions and shared goals for sustainable development. They came up with this vision, looking back from the year 2020:
We are a nation of 210 million people reigned by peace and wide access to work. In the last 16 years we have presented significant improvements in income distribution, the rich and poor gap, in balanced geographical occupation and access to education, culture and health.

We are a nation without misery in which education is a priority. A country in which there is a high life expectancy, oriented by sustainable development. We are a country which is able to develop widely accessible technologies. We are a nation with more safety, more justice and with an increasing feeling of social responsibility.

Today, our human relations are based on respect of the elderly and children; we have more time with our families, we are guided by confidence and ethics in our commitments. Equal opportunities are provided and we are recognized in the world by our culture of peace, as a country that has taken a leadership role in the Latin American continent, due to solidarity, full and sovereign international integration.

We are the biggest world production of food, based on a sustainable agriculture that conciliates different forms of production organization. There are no land conflicts. 20 to 30 million people live in "rural towns" producing with more added value.

We utilize our environment assets with preserving actions. Alternative energies are applied. Our cities are clean, non polliuted, with more green spaces accessble to the whole population. Science & Technology research efforts interrelate the private and the public sectors. Small businesses have assured access to the most advanced technologies.

Our participatory and collaborative culture has favored innovation and competitiviness of our products, as well as a Brasilian management style. Every Brasilian is a citizen. The public interest prevails over private interests. The State is controlled by society. Political representation is legitimate and the public administration is guided by morality and effectiveness.

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17 Dec 2003 @ 21:52 by bushman : Been to,
fotolog.net lately? If you havent, you missed the Brazilian invasion. :}  

18 Dec 2003 @ 00:33 by Jon @ : Great Vision
Make me want to move from North America to there.  

18 Dec 2003 @ 01:20 by vibrani : Brazil
still has horrendous problems with orphans living on the streets, drugs, crime, and disease. When the government works a little harder to resolve these issues, then Brazil will really bloom.  

18 Dec 2003 @ 02:30 by jstarrs : Elle, I believe that...
...these are symptoms from a long history of oppressive governments and the cause for the wish to change things for the better, of the present structure.  

18 Dec 2003 @ 04:44 by weltgeist @ : and the rainforest
now how about the ongoing sell-off of the rainforest, the pillages against tribals etc., the sudden loss of ground water in northeast brazil because the world bank is planting asparagus for europe, and the (as an artical said world's largest) genetic soy plantations?
acknowledging that their recent annoucement of cutting off half the brazilian amazon might serve to attract global funding, there is still QUITE a few things going wrong...  

18 Dec 2003 @ 05:31 by istvan : If Mings poost is true,
Brazil is well on the way to a userfriendly society. It may even be a door toward a form of new civilisation, others can follow. We need to follow these social movements and of course support them. The support could be moving there.
I belive there will be in the future places on Earth where people can move to and participate in experimental forms of societal laboratories, sort of speak.
I would certainly like to participate in these movements as i have already done in the past in different communal lifestiles.
I am a bit worried though, if Brazil achives creating a new civilisation what will be for us to do in this network? Well there is always good chatting of course.  

18 Dec 2003 @ 09:48 by ming : Brazil
There are lots of things wrong in Brazil, from what I understand. But also lots of potential, lots of resources, and a good spirit. So it wouldn't be too surprising if major positive change for the world comes from there.  

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