Stuart Umpleby: The Triple Bottom Line & Current Challenges

Collective Intelligence, Commercial Intelligence, Cultural Intelligence, Earth Intelligence, Peace Intelligence
Stuart Umpleby
Stuart Umpleby

The triple bottom line — people, profits, planet — is a recent business concept.  See We are now facing major issues on all three:

1.  People.  The safety of people is threatened by a)  vulnerable cyber infrastructure.  See the National Geographic video American Blackout; and b) inequality leading to lower standards of living for the middle class.  See the recent books by Hedrick Smith, Joseph Stiglitz, and Jeffrey Sachs.

2.  Profits.  See the various films and books on the financial crisis.  For example, in the book Thirteen Bankers Simon Johnson, former chief economist at the IMF, and James Kwak say that “too big to fail is too big.”  Yet the banks are getting bigger and they have great influence in writing the laws on banking regulation.

3.  Planet.  I had heard that sea level might rise by 3 feet by the end of the century.  The National Geographic program Earth Under Water suggests perhaps as much as 16 feet in 100 years and another 16 feet in the next 100 years.  See .

These numbers may be high.  However, what actions should we be taking in order to minimize the problem and to prepare for whatever sea level rise occurs?

I think systems science, and reflexivity theory, would be helpful in understanding these phenomena.

Phi Beta Iota: The triple bottom line is not really a new concept, nor is Wikipedia a reliable source for serious knowledge (too many of its pages have been captured by vested interests).  Not only did indigenous peoples understand it hundreds of years ago, but Dr. Herman Daly, father of Ecological Economics, developed most of the intellectual architecture in the 1980’s and 1990’s.  It has simply been possible for governments to be irresponsibly corrupt all this time for lack of an educated attentive citizenry. The pioneering we are doing here across many minds, on hybrid public governance, holistic analytic modeling, true cost economics (cradle to grave across all dimensions), and intelligence with integrity (creating ethical evidence-based decision-support for everybody) are part of the sustainable affordable inter-operable solution.  OSE (Open Source Everything) and M4IS2 (Multinational, Multiagency, Multidisciplinary, Multidomain Information-Sharing and Sense-Making) are respectively the technical and human approaches to creating a prosperous world at peace.

See Specifically:

2013 The Evolving Craft of Intelligence [As Published]
2013 Intelligence Future — The Third Era of Local to Global Intelligence Robert Steele Overview & Workshop 2.7
2013 Robert Steele on Healing the Americas with an Open Source Agency — and Integrity; Dicho Sobre la Curacion de las Américas con una Agencia de Todo Abierto – y la Integridad
2012 Reflexivity = Integrity: Toward Earth/Life 4.0
2011 Reference: Building a University-Based Global Education-Intelligence-Research Web
2010 The Ultimate Hack Re-Inventing Intelligence to Re-Engineer Earth (As Published)
2009 Intelligence for the President–AND Everyone Else
2009 Perhaps We Should Have Shouted: A Twenty-Year Retrospective

See Also:

Amazon World Brain Movie
Decision Support Story Board
EIN Global Survey (2007)
Game Plan & Logo
Manifesto Extracts
Open Source Agency (OSA)
Public Intelligence 3.8
USA Reform Ideas
Way of the Truth
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